Neil Young was probably our favorite artist when we saw him at Lakewood in '96. Jewel was his first opening act, just after her very first hit I believe. Ben Folds Five came on next, with an energetic show borrowing some of Elton John's favorite stage tricks in his pre-costume days, like han stands.
We were happy to see this playlist again. I did recall CrazyHorse playing several off Broken Arrow, which we'd listened to a lot, in our first semester in Tuscaloosa. The climax featured actual storm clouds gathering to deliver a thunderous accompaniment to"Like A Hurricane"! Strings cracked to pieces on Big Black as Neil played a frenzied finale. Then the clouds rolled away in the late summer night.
We got as close to the stage as my tiny wife could tolerate by the encores. We were within a few rows by the time they " Roll(Ed) Another Number"- then cheers alone rang in our ears.
My life pursuing the arts hasn't afforded much ticket money, but we made those days count. We saw Dylan and the Who within the next year.
This was probably our all-time favorite concert experience. Can you even imagine a time with cameras forbidden, much less, no iPhones? Memories with everyone were harder to document then. But those were times of many of the best memories we'd ever make.
- Be Chill, Cease ill