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Canadian superstar is forever Young..

Byline: RICHIE TAYLOR

RAIN almost stopped play when Neil Young took to the stage of the RDS at the weekend.

Half of the show-jumping arena was blocked off with the crowd corralled up at the front area and the stands well-populated.

But while Aiken Promotions never expected to fill the venue to its 30,000 capacity on Saturday, they said they were happy with 20,000.

By the time Young and Crazy Horse appeared on stage at 8.30pm the numbers looked closer to 25,000.

Up-and-coming Irish band Little Green Cars were the opening act, while singer Cesar Rosas of Mexican-American band Los Lobos blew up his guitar amplifier and halted the show.

The Waterboys were harbingers of doom, with the rain pelting down on them not long after they took to the stage to deliver classics such as The Whole Of The Moon.

Frantic roadies placed towels over the keyboards and under the musicians' feet for fear of electrocution with the band and their gear soaked in the downpour.

The rain stopped as The Waterboys exited but Young's road crew weren't taking any chances as they laid a carpet of mats onstage.

As the sun came out, Young and his band strolled out to roars of approval.

Dressed all in black, he launched into Love And Only Love with his guitar screeching and roaring like it had a life of its own.

This was Power City personified, as he jacked up the volume on Powderfinger and Party Girl.

But it was the 20-minute ending to Walk Like A Giant from his album Psychedelic Pill that mystified the crowd. Young and Frank Sampedro's guitars howled non-stop feedback.

Anyone expecting hits such as Heart Of Gold or Harvest was to be disappointed.

But Young played a brilliant set, with the energy of a man half of his 67 years.

Rock'n'roll can never die, to quote the man himself.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 17, 2013
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