Entries tagged with: Madison Square Garden
As discussed, Kanye West is going on his first solo headlining tour in five years, and as you may know, Kendrick Lamar is set to open most of it, but no openers were ever announced for the four NYC shows. Now it's finally been announced that Kendrick opens two of them, and the other two are being opened by... legendary Queens crew A Tribe Called Quest! The schedule for NYC looks like this:
November 19 - Barclays Center w/ Kendrick LamarTickets for all four shows are still available.
November 20 - Barclays Center w/ A Tribe Called Quest
November 23 - Madison Square Garden w/ Kendrick Lamar
November 24 - Madison Square Garden w/ A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad DJs the RSVPed-out NPR CMJ showcase that Pusha T (whose new album Kanye produced) plays.
Updated Kanye dates are listed below...
Phish at MSG in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
Phish are only a few weeks away from their Halloween shows in Atlantic City (sold out), but they've just announced another holiday celebration for the NYC-area: their annual New Year's run at Madison Square Garden, which goes from December 28-31. Tickets for all four shows go on sale Saturday (10/12) at noon.
And don't forget a bunch of indie type bands are working on a Grateful Dead tribute.
All Phish dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Justin Timberlake at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Justin Timberlake has a bunch of North American dates coming up, including a previously discussed stop at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on November 6 and NJ's IZOD Center on November 9, both of which tickets are still available for. He's just added way more dates into 2014, and the newly expanded tour will bring him back to NYC for a show at Madison Square Garden on February 19. (Not his first time there.) Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (9/30) at 10 AM with a Fan Club presale starting Wednesday (9/25) at 10 AM and Live Nation/Mobile App/Venue/Facebook presales starting Friday (9/27) at 10 AM. Updated dates are listed below.
JT is set to release the second part of his 2013 album, The 20/20 Experience, next week (9/30), but he's currently streaming the whole thing on iTunes. Part 2 gives us 11 more songs and 74+ more minutes of music (hidden track included) from Justin, Timbaland, and co., plus guest verses from Drake and Jay Z. If you liked the boundary-pushing pop of part 1, you'll probably dig much of part 2 too.
Updated dates are listed, along with streams of two album tracks -- "Take Back the Night" and "TKO" -- below...
Rock legend Elton John has announced he is going on a tour, which hits NYC on December 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden. This tour will follow the release of his latest (30th) album, The Diving Board, out today (9/24) via Capitol Records. Tickets to his MSG shows go on sale Friday (9/27) at 11 AM, and are currently on Chase cardmember presale.
All dates are listed, along with a couple videos from the new album, below...
Kanye West at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tickets for the NYC stops on Kanye West's tour at Barclays Center (11/19) and Madison Square Garden (11/23) went on sale this morning, and Kanye immediately added second dates for each venue (Barclays on 11/20, MSG on 11/24). Tickets for all four are on sale now.
Kendrick Lamar opens most of the tour, but hasn't been announced for the NYC shows (neither has anyone else). Updated dates are listed below...
Kanye, Charlie Wilson, The Roots & a choir on 'Fallon'
Kanye West recently announced a tour with Kendrick Lamar, and following that announcement he appeared on Late NIght with Jimmy Fallon to perform the closing track on Yeezus, "Bound 2." Kanye performed with backing from Fallon's house band The Roots, a choir doing the "bound to fall in love" vocal and Charlie Wilson joining him to sing his hook on the song. Check out the video of that performance below.
As discussed, Kanye's tour hits NYC on November 19 at Barclays Center and November 23 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for both shows go on AEG/Venue/Radio/TM/Twitter/AmEx presales Thursday (9/12) at 10 AM (password: "YEEZUS"). General on-sale begins Friday (9/13) at 9 AM.
Kendrick, who we just caught at Williamsburg Park, hasn't been announced for the NYC shows (neither has anyone else).
Fallon video, and the list of all 'Yeezus' tour dates, below...
Kanye West has made recent festival appearances like NYC's Governors Ball and has gone on a collaborative tour with Jay Z, but the man behind two of rap's most acclaimed albums of the current decade hasn't actually gone on a solo headlining tour in five years. That will change this year though, as he's just announced North American dates spanning from October through December. Stacking the deck even more, another very exciting figure in today's rap world, Kendrick Lamar (who also played Governors Ball), will be opening.
The tour hits NYC for arena shows on November 19 at Barclays Center and November 23 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, September 13. All dates are listed below.
Kendrick isn't actually currently listed on either of the two NYC shows, but he will be in NYC to play Williamsburg Park on September 10 with Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Bishop Nehru. Tickets for that show are still available.
Jay Z just announced a tour too, including two nights at Barclays Center.
Meanwhile, there's a bunch of other great upcoming hip hop shows happening in NYC.
All Kanye dates are listed, along with the video for "Black Skinhead," below...
Madison Square Garden earlier this year (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Madison Square Garden, home to the Knicks, Rangers and many many live events, will be no more in the next ten years, at least in its current locale:
The New York City Council notified the arena that it has 10 years to vacate its 45-year-old premises and find a new home, the Garden's fifth since it opened in 1879.This has to be doubly hard news to hear considering this morning's good news for Barclays Center.
By a vote of 47 to 1, the Council voted to extend the Garden's special operating permit for merely a decade -- not in perpetuity, as the owners of the Garden had requested, or 15 years, as the Bloomberg administration had intended. -[New York Times]
Barclays Center (more by Greg Cristman)
Barclays Center, the arena in Brooklyn that has challenged Madison Square Garden in the New York City market, sold more tickets than any other arena in the United States for the first six months of the year, and led the country in gross ticket sales for concerts and family shows as well, according to tallies published this week in Billboard and Pollstar magazines.Raise their numbers even highter by buying even more tickets at Ticketmaster. Cirque do Soleil is there through Sunday, and then comes Bieber followed by Beyonce. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs play there in September.
The numbers were a remarkable showing for the rust-colored arena on Atlantic Avenue, which opened in late September last year with a string of concerts by Jay Z. Overall, Barclays ranked No. 2 worldwide in ticket sales with $46.9 million, second to the O2 Arena in London, with $119 million, Billboard reported. Madison Square Garden was fourth with $39 million. [NY Times]
Metric at Radio City in 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Canadian indie popsters Metric are still riding high off their 2012 album, Synthetica (which was just shortlisted for the Polaris Prize). Last year they toured in support of it, coming to NYC to headline Radio City. Now they're set to go on an even larger tour, but this time it's opening for Paramore.
The tour hits NYC for a huge show at Madison Square Garden on November 13. That show, and many others on the tour, also includes Hellogoodbye. Tickets for the MSG show are on Paramore.net presale now. They go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM, Facebook Presale Wednesday (7/24) at 10 AM, and Live Nation Mobile App/Ticketmaster Presale on Thursday (7/25) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with a Metric video, below...
You may have noticed these MSG show posters popping up around NYC....
Let's face it. Kanye West would never let anyone bill him 5th on a poster, but regardless, even with the typos, this concert bill popping up around NYC that claims Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Eminem, A$AP Rocky and Andre 3000 are playing Madison Square Garden on a "Thuesday" is sure to get more than a few people excited about a show that is not actually happening.
Who would do such a thing??? Well, the likely culprit is artist Andre Saraiva who allegedly pulled a similar stunt with Daft Punk, Phoenix, Air & more in Paris. A fake Beach Boys, Phoenix, Beastie Boys (really?), The Faint & Tame Impala poster has also been seen in LA.
Thanks Nick Masi for the photo!
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Muse @ MSG 4/16/2013
I've seen Muse in concert many times before and they never disappoint. On their second of 2 sold out nights at New York's Madison Square Garden, despite feeling very under the weather, Muse did their jobs as rockstars and for two hours catapulted me into another time and space! Here are 10 reasons Muse are one of the best band ever.Though they're only a trio, Muse do not do "small." Their two shows at Madison Square Garden (4/15-16), as part of their North American tour, featured pyrotechnics, a giant pyramid of televisions and, of course, the just slightly over-the-top songs the band are known for. Their setlist and pictures from night 2 are in this post. They play the IZOD Center in New Jersey on Friday (4/19).
1. Non-stop stage action for two solid hours. This came in the form of great visuals, flashing lights and lead singer Matt Bellamy running all over the stage.
2. Great songs that rock. I mean, holy shit! Their songs rock. To see a stadium of people singing in unison to a Muse song instead of your typical stadium fare is awesome! People play it safe too often. Way too often. - [According2G]
Opening the shows were fellow UK rock act Biffy Clyro, who also played Coachella. Unfortunately for fans, the band have had to cancel the remainder of their North American dates (including weekend 2 of Coachella) as Simon Neil has been suffering from serious respiratory problems. Rest up, Simon. Pictures of Biffy Clyro's set and more of Muse below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Stevie Nicks / Lindsey Buckingham
Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood) are back this year and are currently on an extensive tour that stopped in NYC for its first area show last night (4/8) at Madison Square Garden. They, not surprisingly, played more from Rumours than any other album, with huge hits like "Dreams," "Don't Stop," and "Go Your Own Way," in addition to some of its much-loved non-singles like "The Chain" and "Never Going Back Again." More interestingly, the album they tapped into second most was Rumours' "weird" followup Tusk, which has gained much of the credit it deserves over the years.
They also played a new song, "Sad Angel," which will appear on the band's new EP. Consequence of Sound points to a video of the band playing that song at their Philly show (4/6) where Lindsey said the EP would be out "in a few days." That video and the full setlist, pictures, and a video from the MSG show are in this post.
Fleetwood Mac's tour returns to the NYC area two more times this month for shows at Mohegan Sun on April 20 and Prudential Center on April 24, and after heading around the rest of the country, makes one more stop for their big outdoor show at Jones Beach on June 22. Tickets for all three of those shows are still available.
More pictures, setlist, and videos below...
Sigur Ros sent out the following message today:
a band note about madison square garden showThe MSG show was first announced as part of tour in November 2012.
almost a dozen years ago we played our first nyc show at irving plaza. we'd originally booked to do angel orensanz, but it blew out fast and we had to move to the bigger room. even so, all the way through the subsequent beacon theaters, united palaces, radio city music halls, even, we never thought we'd get to play madison square garden. it just seemed so...iconic?, establishment?, or maybe just big? when we performed downstairs at the madison square theater in 2006, billy joel was doing a 15-night run above us. that seemed like the right order of things. and yet, here we are, two weeks out from what we can only described as the big one!
we are currently "warming up" in europe, so that when we hit the east coast we are the real hot tamale for y'all. of course, we would say the show's great, but, you know what?, it is. there will be a bunch of new songs and all the stuff we currently love the most from our back pages, all set to the best and brightest production we've ever managed to cram in a small fleet of trucks. most of the show's sold, but there are still some tickets left with the building just having opened up more seats at $35. plus, everyone buying tickets gets a free 3-track digital ep of new material, which will be sent out in advance of the show. we're excited. we hope you are too.
- sigur rós
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Andrew Sacher
Passion Pit @ MSG
Passion Pit took their tour with Matt & Kim and Icona Pop to NYC for their largest headlining show in the city yet on Friday (2/8) at Madison Square Garden. Despite the blizzard that hit Northeast that day, the NYC show went on and the place was still pretty packed. The band came out to similar bursts of neon that populate the cover of their great 2012 album, Gossamer, and opened with that album's skittering track, "I'll Be Alright." They continued making their way through a 17-song set that was split pretty evenly between both full lengths and ended with a blizzard of confetti for the encore performance of "Sleepyhead."
Though the MSG show went on as planned, the band also had a Boston show scheduled for Saturday (2/9), which they pushed forward a day. More pictures from the MSG show and the setlist (which was pretty much the same as Boston's) below...
"Boston show is postponed until Sun 2/10 due to snow. All tickets will be honored & refunds available at point of purchase. MSG is still on." - Passion PitGood luck to all those venturing out!
Icona Pop are on at 8pm. Then Matt & Kim. Then Passion Pit's (probably) biggest show of their career!
And check out our list of NYC shows that are cancelled.
Wook down - night 1 @ MSG
Phish kicked off their four-night, annual New Year's run at Madison Square Garden on Friday (12/28) and will wrap it up tonight, New Year's Eve. Tonight's show is sold out though naturally there are plenty on Stubhub for those willing to pay at least $265 each.
The setlists of the first three nights, which are expectedly very different from each other, include covers of Led Zeppelin, The Velvet Underground, TV on the Radio, Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads, and other artists. You can check them all out, along with few shots from the crowd from last night's show (by Robert Altman), below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Musical and poetic legend Leonard Cohen landed in NYC for his first of two shows here last night (12/18), when he played Madison Square Garden. He played a 29-song set with songs from his entire career -- classics like "Suzanne," "So Long, Marianne," "Bird on the Wire," and "Famous Blue Raincoat," his hugely iconic "Hallelujah," and some tracks off of his year end list appearing 2012 LP, Old Ideas, in addition to many more.
Leonard will do it again on Thursday (12/20) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are still available.
More pics and the setlist from last night, below...
Tegan and Sara just added a 2nd headlining show at Beacon Theater in NYC, and lost an even bigger one that they were supposed to open this week...
In addition to cancelling tonight's show at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center, The Killers are forced to cancel their show at New York City's Madison Square Garden tomorrow, December 14th due to lead singer Brandon Flowers coming down with laryngitis. Organizers hope to have a new date for The Killers' return to NYC very soon. Ticket holders are encouraged to hold on to their tickets for this future date; refunds are also available at point of purchase.That is a big show to cancel!
The Killers would like to apologize to their fans in New York City for this cancellation.
by Andrew Sacher
Paulvana (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden went down last night and aired on multiple TV channels, websites, and in theaters worldwide. The concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters (joined by Eddie Vedder), Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin (joined by Michael Stipe), and Paul McCartney (joined by members of Nirvana). And in between there were speeches/appearances by Billy Crystal, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, Chris Rock, and many more, spliced with footage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (The less said about Adam Sandler's "funny" version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Paul Shaffer the better.) As was to be expected, the sets were short (though some longer than others) but it still ran late, ending after 1 AM. If you missed any of it, videos of some of the highlights are in this post.
Bruce Springsteen opened the show, getting everyone into the spirit of the night right away. Of all the sets, his choice of songs felt the most catered to the event ("Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball, "My City of Ruins," and of course also "Born to Run") and halfway in he prefaced "My City of Ruins" with a touching, personal speech about the damage done to the NY/NJ area, similar to the one he gave in Rochester in October.
Other highlights from throughout the show: Roger Waters ended his set by bringing out Eddie Vedder to sing lead on "Comfortably Numb." The Rolling Stones only got to play two songs ("You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash") but still looked like they were having a great time. The Who, meanwhile, played seven songs. Then Kanye delivered a set which sent much of the twitterverse into an angry fit, though you have to wonder if this would have happened at a non-classic rock show (probably not). And of course, it was a pretty great surprise when Chris Martin brought out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to do "Losing My Religion."
But the most anticipated part of the night was that Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney on vocals that everyone was talking about. Paul ended up bringing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear out during his set to perform a new song they wrote, titled "Cut Me Some Slack," and then they left the stage and Paul returned to his own material. It would've been interesting to see those guys jam with Paul during "Helter Skelter" (which he opened with) or something, but at least Paul didn't sing "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Videos and setlist from last night are below...
As mentioned several times, tonight is the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit at MSG with countless notable performers, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin and The Rolling Stones.
If you didn't get tickets for the event, you're not alone, but you'll have many chances to view the "widely distributed event" from the comfort of your own home. The concert's website has a full list of the websites (YouTube, MSG.com, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Vevo, many more), US television channels (MSG, HBO, IFC, many more), international television channels, and movie theaters (many of which are in NY and NJ) that will be live streaming the show. Theaters in NYC and Brooklyn include Clearview's ChelseaCinemas (260 West 23 St) and National Amusements' Linden Boulevard (2784 Linden Blvd).
You can head below to check out the list of sites, TV channels, and theaters...
As you know if you visit this site (or others like YouTube and Facebook), listen to the radio, watch TV, or leave your house at all, the huge 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit at MSG goes down tonight and it will include performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin and The Rolling Stones.
But what we didn't know, and The Sun is now reporting, Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl won't just both be at the show, they'll actually be performing together along with Dave's ex-Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic and NIrvana (touring)/Foo Fighters/Germs member Pat Smear. Despite multiple news headlines that are calling the show a NIrvana reunion with Paul McCartney, it doesn't explicitly say they'll be performing NIrvana material. It's been reported that they will perform a new song and Paul also suggested they "just make something up." Regarding the collaboration Paul said:
I didn't really know who they were. They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said 'Whoa? You guys haven't played together for all that time? And somebody whispered to me 'That's Nirvana. You're Kurt.' I couldn't believe it.Many sites are reporting that it will be the first time the surviving members of Nirvana perform together in 20 years, but Krist performed with the Foo Fighters in 2010 for a Nirvana cover and recorded on their 2011 album. It's hard to imagine anyone stepping in for Kurt as the frontman of NIrvana (they aren't exactly INXS, Journey or Sublime), but if tonight does end up living up to the Nirvana rumors, at least Kurt loved the Beatles.
In related news, Dave Grohl will be recording with Queens of the Stone Age again (but not touring with them), will be the keynote speaker at SXSW 2013, and is directing the new Sound City documentary.
A video of Krist performing "These Days" with Foo Fighters in 2011 below...
The Stones setup @ Barclays Center (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The Rolling Stones are playing Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight (did you get a ticket?), and as wished/hoped/rumored, they were in fact added to the much-scalped Hurricane Sandy Benefit happening at Madison Square Garden on 12/12, a show that will be very "widely distributed"...
The producers of "12-12-12" announced today that the concert at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012, at 7:30 PM (ET) to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy, will have unprecedented and historic global distribution, similar to that of the Superbowl, the Academy Awards®, and the Grammys®.The Stones join the all-star line-up that already included Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney.
Nearly 2 billion people worldwide will be able to access "12-12-12" on television, radio and the internet. The concert, presented by Chase, will be available to all 114 million television households in the US and to more than 400 million television households outside the country via networks and feeds in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Further elevating this event to its historic levels of distribution is live streaming on the largest online video services in the world, including YouTube, AOL, Yahoo, Hulu, and others. Combined, these video streaming services reach over 1.4 billion monthly unique users worldwide.
In addition, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, with its 239 million monthly listeners and more than 48 million monthly digital uniques, will broadcast the concert live on its radio stations across the country, and will also video stream live on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio service, and across the websites and Facebook pages of its 850 stations.
AND: "A new list of celebrity presenters was also released today, including Steve Buscemi, Jessica Chastain, Chelsea Clinton, Sean Combs, Billy Crystal, Leo DiCaprio, Jimmy Fallon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Karlie Kloss, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Susan Sarandon, Jon Stewart, Kristen Stewart, Quentin Tarantino, and Brian Williams."
The Rolling Stones' two NJ shows happen right after MSG.
"Shameless scalpers are making big bucks by marking up tickets to a star-studded benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy.Tickets for the 12/12 show went on sale 12/3. If you can't be there, you can watch it live on AMC.
Tickets for the "12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief" at Madison Square Garden -- with face values between $150 and $2,500 -- are being resold online for as much as $60,000.
"The scalpers should get their asses handed to them! They should be publicly shamed," said Bill Hind, 44, of Brooklyn, who has volunteered at hard-hit New Dorp Beach, Staten Island, for weeks. "How dare you make money off someone else's misery?"
Michael Sullivan, whose family was displaced from Breezy Point by the storm, was equally disgusted -- yet not surprised the scalpers would try to turn a profit on the backs of Sandy survivors.
"They would sell tickets to their mother's funeral if they could get a deal," Sullivan, 51, said.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sounded the alarm on Thursday.
"I find it appalling that scalpers are trying to profit off this charitable concert," Schumer wrote to StubHub and TicketLiquidator." [Daily News]
photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Andrew Sacher
When Neil Young walked out in a saggy red flannel last night (11/27) at the Madison Square Garden stop on his first tour with Crazy Horse in almost a decade, the "Godfather of Grunge" alarms were going off like crazy. And while you can't necessarily pin a man's style of music to his choice of attire for the evening, once Neil and Crazy Horse began jamming, their lasting impact on grunge and noise rock became the most apparent thing in the room. Like they've been doing on the rest of the tour, they opted for a night of the dirt, sludge, and raw noise that has been littered throughout Neil Young and Crazy Horse's career, and still comes across terrifically on their new album, Psychedelic Pill. They checked the pretty songs at the door, save for a solo acoustic performance of "The Needle and the Damage Done" from Harvest, but played nothing else from that album, After the Gold Rush, Deja Vu, On the Beach, or many of his other classics. And if that's what you were expecting to hear (which I imagine a large amount of people were expecting at a MSG show), the show may have come as a disappointment. But if you embraced what he did play, it was pretty damn amazing.
It's not very unusual for artists who have been at it as long as Neil Young to keep their new material to a minimum at shows and focus on the old hits, but with four of his thirteen songs being off Psychedelic Pill and two of those passing the fifteen-minute mark, Neil did nothing of the sort. And those Psychedelic Pill cuts not only hold up, but were highlights of the show. The most inspiring moment for me came from the massive "Walk Like a Giant," which pieces together short verses with extended fuzz-drenched guitar solos and ended with about five straight minutes of psychedelic noise. Of course the show wasn't without the old Crazy Horse favorites too though. They ended the set with three of the best and most characteristic moments of their career, "Cinnamon Girl, a stretched-out "Fuckin' Up," and "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)." During that stretch of classic Crazy Horse, they also took things further back, squeezing in a cut from Neil's time with Buffalo Springfield, "Mr. Soul." They had a bit going on production wise too, with colossal mock Fender amps and a microphone, set up like a giant would be using them, a 50's-style TV screen that projected footage of the band on stage, and a road crew dressed as mad scientists and construction men. But overall, the show just felt like four guys rocking out together, and getting that from Neil Young in 2012 is a great experience to be part of.
Before Neil Young and Crazy Horse took the stage, we were graced with a short but sweet set from Patti Smith and her band. Like Neil, Patti also has a very worthy album out this year, Banga, and the two songs she played off that ("April Fool" and "Fuji-san") fit right in with her classics like "Pissing in a River" and "Gloria." Patti also showed no signs of slowing down, and took over Madison Square Garden with her howls and screams piercing through her midst of punk poetry in a way where you knew she belonged in a small club, but could handle MSG with ease. In between songs, Patti gave short speeches about saving our world, rebuilding our cities after Hurricane Sandy, the honor of playing with Neil Young, and dedicated a song to Jimi Hendrix, who would've turned 70 yesterday. And Patti's voice wasn't the only thing as sharp as her early days. Like they've done in the past, Patti's band turned the acoustic "Beneath the Southern Cross" into a Velvet Undergroundy noise buildup that would've sounded at home on one of Patti's first two records.
The tour continues and returns to NYC on Monday (12/3) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are still available. More pictures from last night's show, including the other opening band, Everest, and Neil Young and Patti Smith's setlists, are below.