Neil Young and Friends Rocked AC for Sandy Relief

Neil Young and Crazy Horse on Nov. 28 in New York City. (Photo by Gretchen Robinette/Brooklyn Vegan)

Neil Young and Crazy Horse on Nov. 28 in New York City. (Photo by Gretchen Robinette/Brooklyn Vegan)

The past month has seen numerous artists taking the stage to do what they do best to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Last night, it was Neil Young’s turn to join the cause and he brought his band Crazy Horse along with him. They were in Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino, taking up shop in the 5,000-capacity Event Center that was filled to the brim.

But before the Canadian rocker and his band of misfits took the stage, Young had a pair of opening acts that set the evening up right.

Everest started the show out, playing a bunch of songs from their latest album “On Approach.”

Following up the young-and-upcomers was the legendary Trey Anastasio from Phish. Anastasio played an all-acoustic set featuring Phish staples “Wolfman’s Brother,” “Back On the Train” and “Chalkdust Torture.”

Anastasio was rumored to join Young later in the evening but he never came out for a guest appearance. That left Crazy Horse to steal the evening, as they were billed to do from the very beginning.

They opened the show with a 15-minute jam of “Love and Only Love.” They followed that up with another Horse classic, “Powderfinger.”

After playing a pair of epic jams off their latest album “Psychedelic Pill,” including a raucous version of “Walk Like A Giant” (the other being “Born In Ontario”), Young played a three-song mini acoustic set.

He started off with his classic “Needle and the Damage Done,” a tribute to former Horse guitarist Danny Whitten who died of heroin use in 1972. Young followed it up with a solo version of “Twisted Road” from their latest effort.

Young continued to sing the verse to Twisted Road while walking around the stage. He then got behind the piano and played “Singer Without A Song” while Crazy Horse joined in harmony and acoustic guitar. But no appearance of “After the Goldrush” was made, which was a disappointing turn of events for myself.

Young picked his electric guitar back up and the band kicked into a version of Ramada Inn that left the crowd kind of bored. It wasn’t until they broke into a loud version of “Cinnamon Girl” that the crowd woke back up.

A fan in the crowd was holding up a Buffalo Springfield sign and Young acknowledged the sign, and then played “Mr. Soul,” a Buffalo Springfield classic.

Crazy Horse closed the main set with the rarely-played “Rockin’ In the Free World” and an incredible, high-octane version of “Hey Hey, My My.”

After a short encore break, Crazy Horse came back out and they finished the night off with a 15-minute version of “Like A Hurricane,” which was expected to be played being the show was a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy.

The show was a major success, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross in order to aide the victims of Hurricane Sandy. With nearly 5,000 in attendance, Young said that over a million dollars were made.

With that, everyone went home a winner.

Setlist.

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