...according to Lynyrd Skynyrd, but Neil Young was more then welcome in Bergen. As a last minute decision, I went to see this Mexico North rocker last night. Not a huge fan of mr. Young, but he has some good tunes and I also want to check out Koengen as a concert arena, so I figured it was worth the ticket.
Mr. Young put on a really good show. For most part of the show, it was electric fueled rock'n'roll, but he had an acoustic session (sometimes solo) in the middel of the show, including some of his classic songs like Golden Heart, Old Man and Needle And The Damage Done. The dude really knows how to carry these acoustic numbers and the audience was really into it, which can be really tough to pull off live between more loud electric numbers. Of the electric numbers, Hey Hey, My My was the second he played, and he had the audience in his pocket from that moment onwards. Cinnamon Girl was also a highlight, but I must admit that I'm a sucker for Rocking In The Free World. Real good song, singalong chorus and powerchords, everthing a real rock song should have. And old Neil and his band really put some energy into this song. All in all, a great way of spending an evening. A short clip of Hey Hey, My My and a review of the concert can be found on BT.
As for the venue, Koengen had a decent sound for an outdoor venue. Yes, it's never going to be really great sound outdoor, but I've seen worse and Valle Hovin got nothing on Koengen. Thou I have to admit, Dio had better sound when I saw them earlier this year on Kopervikfesivalen. Also, last week the weather forcast said an evening in rain, but even if we had rain in the morning, the sky was without a cloud trough-out the concert, and it was even warm enough to be outside in the evening without a jacket. The rain only started when I drove back home. God loves me.