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Published: 2012/09/30

Neil Young, Black Keys, Foo Fighters and More Do "Keep On Rockin In the Free World"

Concertgoers at yesterday’s Global Festival in New York City got a pleasant surprise when the entire festival line up joined Neil Young & Crazy Horse for a star studded rendition of “Keep On Rockin In The Free World.” The Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’Naan all helped close out the event with a ten minute version of the Neil Young classic. It was a perfect way to end the night, given the festival’s mission of raising awareness about poverty and injustice around the world. The first ever Global Festival was a big success, as 60,000 fans came out to New York City’s Central Park for five hours of music and awareness raising.


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Glenn September 30, 2012, 12:07:03

Another surprise during the evening was John Legend performing “Imagine,” on piano. Overall, The Foo Fighters put together the best set of the evening.

BigPanic September 30, 2012, 12:42:39

Also the Foo’s announced this would be their last show for a long time. And NEIL was in fact the best show of the night!!! The man demanded the crowd’s attention with his crunchy feedback jams. The man is the greatest!!!

Glenn September 30, 2012, 20:21:14

I love Neil and have great respect for him as a musician but the distortion stuff was so boring and so were his new songs. It’s a benefit concert, he should have played more of his classic stuff like Powderfinger and Needle and the Damage Done. Waves of people left during his 17-minute opener because no one had any clue what song he was playing.

Lynne September 30, 2012, 21:45:56

Neil does what Neil does. Over a 40 plus year career, there’s lot’s he could have played. Waves of people left after the Foo Fighters ended, because they were too young to know who Neil is and why he matters. And he did play Damage Done.

Glenn September 30, 2012, 21:58:11

@Lynne….I know he played Needle…that’s why I referenced it. We can agree to disagree but Neil didn’t energize the crowd until the encore and by then it just seemed like a huge tease to me.

Mike October 1, 2012, 08:20:20

I cannot disagree with you more- I was psyched to see the horse firing on all cylanders. Walk Like a Giant was powerful and really sent a message and the new folk song he did solo was more revelant today than say needle, which is a great song, but its time to move on. F ing up was a great way to close out the section without guests- I thought Rocking was weak because Neil gave it his all on the other tunes and the Black Keys Guitarist (I think?) had poor levels with his distortion pedal.

Todd E October 1, 2012, 16:00:19

Those griping about Neil’s set…you don’t know Neil. Throughout his career, he’s gone where his artistic muse takes him—forward. He’s not a nostalgia act or some jam band covering their former band’s songs. By the way, the opening tune was “Love and Only Love,” a tune from his great 1990 album “Ragged Glory.” Love Neil, love the Horse!

DANERKATOR October 2, 2012, 14:20:18

Neil is a big crabooo!!! His new album blows and u need to play what the people want and also if he’s so hippy friendly why is he chargin 100 for nosebleeds it’s not like he needs the cash!! He is talented but please stop eatin crab apples that make u craboooo!!! And neva eva yell out a request at his show crabzilla will come out i’ve seen it on youtube!

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