Rust Never Sleeps-Live

Released on June 22, 1979, Rust Never Sleeps [RNS] represented a seismic step forward in Neil Young's career. Its songs contained lyrics full of vivid imagery and melodies so strong that I found myself humming the songs after the first listen. This collection of live performances from the album's nine songs demonstrate the album's durability and staying power. The second disc includes alternate versions as well as unreleased songs from the era.

NK: It's become something of a cliche to say that Rust Never Sleeps, the raucous follow-up to Comes A Time, was very influenced by the UK punk-rock scene at the time...

NY: No, I wasn't really influenced by that scene. Most of the songs on that album had been written well before the Sex Pistols were ever heard of. The Thrasher was pretty much me writing about me experiences with Crosby, Stills & Nash in the mid-'70s. Do you know Lynyrd Skynyrd almost ended up recording Powderfinger before my version came out? We sent them an early demo of it because they wanted to do one of my songs. [NYA]

"Rust Never Sleeps is an album with both studio and live tracks by Canadian American singer-songwriter Neil Young and American band Crazy Horse. It was released on June 22, 1979, by Reprise Records. Most of the album was recorded live, then overdubbed in the studio, while others originated in the studio. Young used the phrase "rust never sleeps" as a concept for his tour with Crazy Horse to avoid artistic complacency and try more progressive, theatrical approaches to performing live. The album was recorded in 1978 during the lengthy "Rust Never Sleeps" tour, in which Young played a wealth of new material. The concert tour was divided into a solo acoustic set and an electric set with Crazy Horse. The electric sets, featuring an abrasive style of guitar playing, were influenced by the punk rock zeitgeist of the late 1970s and, provided a stark contrast from Young's previous, folk-inspired album Comes a Time."[wiki]

Disc 1:
d1t01-My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue), 1978-05-24 (early show), The Boardinghouse, San Francisco, California*
d1t02-Thrasher, 1978-05-24 (early show), San Francisco, California*
d1t03-Ride My Lllama, 1978-05-27 (l), San Francisco, California
d1t04-Pocahontas, 2001-06-20, Frankfurt, GER
d1t05-Sail Away, 1986-04-05, Auckland, NZ
d1t06-Powderfinger, 2008-08-15, Colmar, FRA
d1t07-Welfare Mothers, 1978-10-23, Inglewood, California
d1t08-Sedan Delivery, 1997-08-12, Wantaugh, New York
d1t09-Hey Hey My My (Into the Black), 1989-04-29, Tokyo, JPN

Disc 2:
d2t10-My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue), 2011-05-07, Chicago, Illinois
d2t11-Thrasher, 2016-05-21, Hollywood, California
d2t12-Shots, 1978-05-24 (E), San Francisco, California*
d2t13-Pocahontas, 1996-08-25, Saratoga Springs, New York
d2t14-Sail Away, 1977-09-02, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, California
d2t15-Powderfinger, 1999-03-08, Portland, OR
d2t16-Windward Passage, 1977-08-22, Santa Cruz, California
d2t17-Alabama, Sweet Home Alabama, 1977-11-12, Miami, Florida
d2t18-Hey Hey My My (Into the Black), 2010-05-18, Albany, New York

*debut performance

The Players:

Neil Young - vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica

The Lost Dogs: Frank Sampedro - guitar, keyboards, vocals; Ben Keith - pedal steel guitar, dobro, vocal; Rick Rosas - bass; Chad Cromwell - drums

Crazy Horse: Billy Talbot - bass, vocals; Ralph Molina - drums, vocals; Frank "Poncho" Sampedro - guitars, stringman, vocals

The Ducks: Jeff Blackburn - guitars, vocals; Bob Mosley - bass, vocals; Johnny C. Cravittio - drums

The Gone With the Wind Orchestra: Nicolette Larson - background vocals; Ben Keith - steel guitar; Spooner Oldham - piano; Tim Drummond - bass; Rufus Thibodeaux - fiddle; Karl T. Himmel - drums

Chrome Dreams Electric Band: Ben Keith - pedal steel, lap steel, guitar, organ, background vocals; Rick Rosas - bass, background vocals; Chad Cromwell - drums, background vocals; Pegi Young - background vocals, vibraphone, acoustic guitar, piano, percussion; Anthony Crawford - background vocals, piano, electric guitar, acoustic guitar; Larry Cragg - banjo


Taper(s): various
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Notes on Sound Quality: All Audience Recordings except as noted: Sound Quality good+ to excellent+.

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1chucho (setlistthief)
June 22, 2022


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