Neil Young & The Restless
Bronco Bowl-Dallas, Texas
January 14, 1989
Recording: 2 x Sony ECM33F > Marantz PMD-430 > Maxell XLII
Lineage: Audience Master > Marantz PMD-430 > MacBook Pro > Peak Pro XT (Indexed) > xACT 1.59 > Flac > Dime
Location: Left of stage, lower section about halfway back from stage
01 Comes A Time
02 Sugar Mountain
03 The Needle And The Damage Done
05 The Wrecking Ball
06 For The Turnstiles
07 This Old House
08 Four Strong Winds
09 Heart Of Gold
10 Heavy Love
11 Don't Cry
01 Cocaine Eyes
03 Box Car
04 Like A Hurricane
05 Mr. Soul
06 Cinnamon Girl
07 Down By The River
08 Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
09 On Broadway
10 Tonight's The Night
Here's one that I've had a number of requests to post. This show has gotten a bit of a reputation after being described in "Shakey", I have to disagree with the description of the acoustic set from the book, it was as good as any acoustic Neil I've seen and anytime Neil pulls out "For The Turnstiles" it's a winner in my book!
A rowdy crowd added to the excitement in the air, fortunately none of those folks were anywhere near me so it really adds to the atmosphere and intensity of the show nicely.
I was fortunate to be able to attend and tape 2 of these '89 mini tour shows back to back (Tulsa on the 13th being the other one), both continue to be a real highlight in my concert attending over the years.
You won't be disappointed in this recording in any way, clean and no cuts in any of the music with very limited to no noise immediately around me.
Of course samples below...
"In the winter of 1988, Young and the Restless hit the road, blasting through Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, then up through the Northwest. I loaned fan Dave McFarlin a tape recorder to capture a couple of the shows, and he and a buddy drove around the clock to catch up with Young. They would be rewarded with one of the wildest gigs of Young's career, at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
The Bronco Bowl was an "old relic of a place", said McFarlin. "It was just a hole-an actual bowling alley, with an archery range and a huge parking lot with grass growin' through the asphalt. Neil's name was lit up on a sign under a big bowling pin. I loved the place." Pro wrestling had been there the night before.
At first, McFarlin was disappointed by a lackluster acoustic set. "Young played all the slow, old songs-mainly the hits, 'Sugar Mountain', 'Heart Of Gold'-he sounded like he was about to fall over. He looked like the oldest man in the world." But when Young came back out for the electric set, dressed in a JUST SAY NO T-shirt, he was "completely different. He looked twenty years younger."
The band change had been so hasty that McFarlin had been expecting the Bluenotes, and he was flabbergasted by the sonic abuse that ensued. "Young just thrashed around the stage, screamin'-he was goin' like a nut." Young's mangling of "On Broadway" shook the building to the rafters. "He stood with his back to the amps, hit that low note, got that vibration going and let the feedback vibrate him. It was insane." Young got so carried away during one number that he "jumped up in the air and landed on his ass in a sitting position-Indian style, like a pretzel. I don't know how he didn't break his back."
It was total mayhem, and McFarlin was in heaven."
Pg. 629 "Shakey-Neil Young's Biography"