Don’t talk about rust when it comes to Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
The rock legends brought a thunderous boom to the Lands End stage at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival Friday night to wrap an epic day of music.
With reverb flowing throughout Golden Gate Park, Young and the Horse turned in a set filled with catalog classics, but also peppered a few tunes off their forthcoming album that are equally as fiery.
Coming out to a capacity crowd, the band launched into a version of 1990’s “Love and Only Love” that spanned a solid 10 minutes.
With Young, bassist Billy Talbot, guitarist Frank Sampedro and drummer Ralph Molina, Crazy Horse was tight as ever, impressive because they only reassembled from an eight-year hiatus earlier this month.
Tracks three and four were new ones.
The third seemed to be about Young’s upbringing, as the line “I was born in Ontario” was repeated several times, while the fourth was a stomper that featured the theme of walking “like a giant.”
“Giant” ended in an extended outro that had each guitarist leaning up against their amps to get the most feedback possible.
Young turned to his own solo canon with a heartfelt version of “The Needle and the Damage Done,” before a rousing rendition of “Cinammon Girl” that had the entire enthralled audience singing along.
Throughout the night, Young shredded each solo with passion and sang every lyric with a full arsenal of angst.
No matter how old he gets, Young will always be a member of rock’s royal family. And his Outside Lands performance demonstrated that he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.