Posted in music on December 4, 2012

"It's an indisputable fact that the Barclays Center has one of the best veggie burgers in Brooklyn, somehow." - Joey Arak

""Thank you Jay-Z... Crazy Horse!". - Neil Young's final words on stage at the Barclays Center tonight." - BrooklynVegan

Crazy Horse (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Neil Young

As you know, Neil Young and Crazy Horse aren't really switching up the setlists on this tour. In fact, though some cities get a different song in the encore, the setlist at Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night was exactly the same as the one they played at MSG. Regardless, it was a great Brooklyn show, especially for those who were seeing it for the first time. If you missed both area shows, you can still always head to Atlantic City this week.

Patti Smith and band (Lenny Kaye included) however did mix it up during her powerful 8pm opening set. She ended with "Gloria" like she did at MSG, but we also got her moving cover of Neil Young's "It's a Dream" and hit "Because the Night."

Full setlists for Neil and Patti and some videos below...

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Neil Young setlist: 2012-12-03, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
w/ Crazy Horse
1. Love And Only Love
2. Powderfinger
3. Born In Ontario
4. Walk Like A Giant
5. The Needle And The Damage Done
6. Twisted Road
7. Singer Without A Song
8. Ramada Inn
9. Cinnamon Girl
10. F*!#in' Up
11. Mr. Soul
12. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
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13. Roll Another Number

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Patti Smith setlist: 2012-12-03, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Dancing Barefoot
April Fool
Fuji-san
Beneath the Southern Cross
It's a Dream (Neil Young cover)
Because the Night
Land
Gloria
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Comments (48)

Patti's cover version just made me want to hear Neil more... because she can't sing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 2:43 PM

Patti Smith is sincere and righteous. We need more of that.

Posted by George in NJ | December 4, 2012 3:14 PM

Was worried I was going to skip this and he would play Like A Hurricane. Phew?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 3:16 PM

That veggie burger is insanely good. Same set as MSG. Good.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 3:20 PM

2 hours 7 min of music, not 2.5 hours like BV had mentioned at the boston show post. Shortest Neil show I've been to.

Posted by ME | December 4, 2012 3:22 PM

Opening theatricals were terrible. Singer Without a Song is a bad song and a waste of time. Encore should include 1 or 2 more songs (Cortez and RITFW would have been perfect) for the price. Other than that, it sounded good and I had a fun time.

Posted by Venkman | December 4, 2012 3:27 PM

"Singer Without a Song is a bad song and a waste of time."

Go away.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 3:29 PM

Born in Ontario is the worst song i've ever heard. we can agree on that at least?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 3:30 PM

ok, it probably is the worst song you've heard.

Posted by George in NJ | December 4, 2012 3:34 PM

show sucked

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 3:44 PM

Ontario was awful

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 3:45 PM

Boring songs that go on and on. I am fan of jamming concerts (Allmans, Dead), but jeez, when the basic riffs dont catch your ear dont repeat them over and over and over until the audience is numb! some of the best jam songs of all time are some of Neil's songs: Cowgirl, down by the river, Like a hurricane, yet he chooses to jam around unknown uncatchy drones of songs. The distortion/feedback portion was actually a welcome change from the boring songs. Instead of jamming around classics like Cinnamon girl and Powderfinger he jams around songs that basicially are poor to begin with taking them nowhere and prolonging the agony of hopelessly wishing for a familiar song.

Posted by e | December 4, 2012 3:52 PM

walk like a giant and ramada inn are to 2012 what down by the river and cowgirl in the sand were to 1969. it's all one song...

Posted by taint | December 4, 2012 4:21 PM

silver and gold, best neil young album ever.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 4:35 PM

i like the msg show a week later more than in the actual moment. the new album is actually very strong and i probably shouldve spent more time with it before seeing him.

but no change in setlist in brooklyn? wow, that sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 4:36 PM

Soooooo glad I didn't waste 2 hours on this

Posted by Gummo | December 4, 2012 4:39 PM

anyone else a little unsettled by the use of backing tracks (at least on walk like a giant)...

who's to say some of that guitar soloing isn't a mix of pre-recorded solos and the real thing as well?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 4:54 PM

my expectations were low, but i have to say that this was an excellent show. man can still shred.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 4:54 PM

Not only the same setlist as MSG but also the same clothes. I thought Poncho wore the Hendrix shirt at the Garden cause the show was on Jimi's Birthday.

Also, do people realize or even care how bad their YouTube stuff is? Those videos up top are just plain awful. Either too far back to even care what's on it or too close and the sound is way over modulated and sounds like crap.

Why even bother?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 5:00 PM

Through the majority of the concert we could not see Neil's head, or the 2 screens, never saw Molina and only rarely did we see Talbot and Sampedro. It was great to hear him but when you go to a concert you should be able to see the musicians! We wont be going to Barclays again!

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 6:00 PM

4:54, yeah, on born in ontario there is the prerecorded organ part. weird, but i think neil used some prerecorded bits back in the day (solo trans tour). walk like a giant i'm not so sure about. somebody in neil's crew could be whistling as far as we know. but i will assure you one think...neil does NOT pipe in solos. i was 3rd row earlier in the tour and every mind bending, face melting note came directly off his fretboard.

Posted by taint | December 4, 2012 6:06 PM

Smelled weed throughout the show, even when employees nearby - is Barclays like MSG but willing to turn a blind eye when people puffin?

Also, got free tix so just wanted hits, left early to catch the train, disappointed they stopped selling beer at 10:00 but I guess it saved me some coin

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 6:08 PM

Both guitarists were whistling for Walk Like A Giant. I was up front.

I thought the organ part was amusing, although I could have done without that song.

And he was definitely playing those solos, which were truly awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 6:37 PM

having also been up-front, i paid particular attention to some of the use of tracks....the whistling on Walk Like a Giant was totally a pre-recorded track...they might've been whistling (or pretending to), but they definitely missed one of the last cue's toward the end of the song when there was no one near a mic and the whistles were still coming loud and clear through the speakers....

that's what made me wonder what else they were miming...Britney Spears used to tour having recorded vocals in her dressing room before each show, and the engineers would mix that in to the live show in case she ever went off key, who's to say they wouldn't do the same for a guitar solo?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 6:42 PM

Boring show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 6:57 PM

MSG was 100 times better

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 6:57 PM

Neil Young > Phish

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 6:58 PM

Someone very kindly gave me a free nosebleed seat ticket around 9:30, so I missed the first three songs, but I thought it was a great show. I live in the neighb, so if I didn't get in, it wasn't a big deal. Many people left early though. Hey, Hey, My, My was pretty killer. Cortez or Hurricane would have been great, but oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 7:27 PM

"who's to say they wouldn't do the same for a guitar solo?"

i don't know what the fuck britney fucking spears does, nor do i care. i can tell you one thing with absolute certainty though...NEIL YOUNG DOES NOT PIPE IN GUITAR SOLOS. there is no fucking way. period. whistling? yeah, maybe. whistling live is hard. like i said before, it could even be roadies backstage helping out. neil's had his guitar tech play banjo, piano, and tambourine before. he's had his photographer pitch in on keys before. but there is no way in hell that he has prerecorded solos. that's just fucking stupid.

Posted by taint | December 4, 2012 8:28 PM

Did somebody even remotely try to equate something Britney Spears would do with some theory about Neil Young canning guitar solos? Seriously? Really? ALL TIME LOW ON THIS BLOG.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 10:50 PM

I'm glad that stupidity didn't go unchecked.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 11:09 PM

Was at both NY shows and MSG was definitely the better show. Of course I was up front for that one and in the cheap seats last night, so...

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 12:18 AM

What's up with all the waving to fans by Patti? The first time I saw her she was spitting on the stage and humping the mic stand.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 9:28 AM

Why would Britney Spears do a different dressing room recording each night?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 10:23 AM

backing tracks are a pandoras box, once you start using them, it's rife for abuse.

You guys act like Neil is above using them....but clearly, he does use them. There's no question about that.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 12:13 PM

echoing lots of other people. was gonna try to maybe grab some cheap scalped tickets last minute in hopes the encore would be cortez or like a hurricane, so glad I didn't waste my time. I'm sure neil sounded great though.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 12:17 PM

lol, piping in whistles on wlag. ahhh no, there's also ralph in the back whistling away. so please. and solos! neil's way to spontaneous for that, even with his effects he hardly pays mind to where he will put his foot. heads up front saw this in full force. the organ deal was weird tho. i thought it was a Jack Nitzsche tribute or something. another great show from a legend.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 12:44 PM

Neil Young is terribly boring live.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 12:47 PM

^ so is that sentence.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 12:48 PM

If you think walk like a giant and ramada inn are the 2012 versions of down by the river and cowgirl you are deaf dumb and blind!
Was anyone awake at this Barclays show? It blew! The garbage blowing on with deranged feedback and distortion was more interesting than terrible songs like singer without a song and walk like a whatever! And Ontario Is the worst song ever...

Posted by E | December 5, 2012 11:32 PM

Since the guitar solos were boring and lame it's impossible that they would be piped in or pre recorded in any way!

Posted by Ace | December 5, 2012 11:48 PM

What's with the national anthem with giant u.s. flag unfurled before the set? Is this goddamn yankee stadium? Went to both MSG and Barclay and Neil did it both times. I refused to stand for that shit...and I'm a Marine Viet vet....I don't need cheap bullshit patriotism...and he's a damn Canadian to boot.....

Posted by bb | December 6, 2012 9:23 AM

Hippies suck.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 10:04 AM

9:23 guess he wants everyone to stand up!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 10:13 AM

Hey anonymous.....does that mean hipsters blow?

Posted by bb | December 6, 2012 12:39 PM

You're SUPPOSED to grow up. You should have a family/job/business whatever. Doing what you did at 20 when you're 40 is sad.

Posted by two way radios | March 8, 2013 1:58 AM

I get it, being an intolerant prick and hating a thoughtful man is the new not being an intolerant prick and hating a thoughtful man.

Posted by kntaky | March 27, 2013 12:35 PM

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