Young opens N.Y. run after long delay


NEW YORK -- Undeterred by a fire department investigation and a subsequent nearly 90-minute delay, Neil Young opened a six-night run Wednesday at New York's United Palace Theatre with a stellar performance drawn equally from new material as it was vintage gems.

Young's wife Pegi was supposed to open the show with a solo set around 8 p.m., but due to an investigation to ensure the venue was up to current fire code, no fans were let inside until well after 9 p.m. The scene outside was one of mass confusion, with a line stretching around the block and multiple police and fire vehicles parked outside.

Once fans were allowed to enter, it was decided that the opening set would be scrapped and that Young would take the stage directly for a solo acoustic sequence. He didn't disappoint, liberally switching from guitar to piano to banjo on classics such as "A Man Needs a Maid," "Harvest," "Old Man" and "Heart of Gold."

He called the fire code problem a "bullsh*t excuse," but then joked, "unless I catch on fire or something." He also gave appreciation to the intimate venue, saying, "It's great to be able to play like this. [Years ago], I never thought it was going to get any bigger."

After a short break, Young returned with an electric band and promptly tore into rockers like "The Loner," "Dirty Old Man" and "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere." "The Believer" was dedicated to Ike Turner, who had passed away earlier in the day, while "No Hidden Path" ran well past 20 minutes and featured some of Young's loudest playing of the evening. The encore closed another long jam on "Like a Hurricane."

Young and company return to the United Palace tonight.

Here is Neil Young's set list:

Acoustic set:
"From Hank to Hendrix"
"Ambulance Blues"
"Sad Movies"
"A Man Needs a Maid"
"No One Seems To Know"
"Journey Through the Past"
"Mellow My Mind"
"Love Art Blues"
"Old Man"
"Heart of Gold"

Electric set:
"The Loner"
"Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere"
"Dirty Old Man"
"Spirit Road"
"Bad Fog of Loneliness"
"Oh, Lonesome Me"
"The Believer"
"No Hidden Path"

"Cinnamon Girls"
"Don't Cry No Tears"
"Like a Hurricane"