Bob Dylan, Neil Young Live
Combined age 151 – someone check the record books on coheadliners ever reaching such a milestone. Bob Dylan and Neil Young rocked Hyde Park, London, playing to over 60,000 fans.
There had been controversy, as the show, originally billed as part of the “Barclaycard Presents” series, went ahead without any sponsorship after Neil Young protested the massive company’s environmental record.
Fans near us didn’t seem to mind, they just wanted to introduce these musicians to their college-age kids.
Young went first, happy to be back after cancelling 2013 gigs due to an injury to one of his Crazy Horse bandmates. This evening he was backed by the excellent The Promise of the Real, but went solo, ish, on a harmonica-filled, crowd-pleasing “Heart of Gold”.
Not that anyone was ever going to leave early, but the encore of “Like a Hurricane” though differently delivered, was wildly appreciated, and then everyone geared up for Bob.
Dylan then walked on with no ceremony, sat down at the piano and went straight into “Ballad of a Thin Man”. Many hits then followed, the older the more well received, but all delivered in an offbeat way, the crowd around us trying to twig which classic was coming next.
Tough to say he was in good voice as, hey when was he ever, but though lacking the energy of Roger and Pete in their recent Wembley gig, it all sounded just right. If you had a guess, he ended with “Blowin’ in the Wind”, a massive singalong. Dylan seemed happy to have the help, and happy to be there, 25 years on from last playing with Young.