Neil Young and Promise of The Real played their penultimate concert of a May Tour on Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. Young and the band unveiled seven 2019 debuts as part of their 23-song show, including classics “Cortez The Killer” and “Cinnamon Girl.”
The format for each concert has been a series of Neil Young solo songs before the band backs him for the rest of the night. Thursday’s show followed the same path and began with Neil on piano for “After The Gold Rush” and “Gold Is Blue” before he strapped on an acoustic for “Heart Of Gold” and a recently debuted tune thought to be titled “Think Of Me.” Last night’s solo segment concluded with Neil on pump organ for “Mother Earth (Natural Anthem).”
Promise Of The Real emerged for the final 18 songs of the concert. “Human Highway” opened the full-band portion of the night and was followed by the 2019 debut of “Out On The Weekend.” Neil & POTR went on to perform “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “Like An Inca,” “Love To Burn,” “Fuckin’ Up,” “Cortez The Killer” and “Cinnamon Girl” for the first time as a unit this year as part of the main set.
Once again, the Nelson boys each took a turn leading a song as Lukas Nelson sang “Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)” and Micah Nelson fronted “Everything Is Bullshit.” The set also featured such classics as “Alabama,” “Words,” “Winterlong” and “Rockin’ In The Free World” as well as recently debuted numbers “She Showed Me Love” and “Rainbow Of Colors.” For the encore, Young and POTR served up “Roll Another Number.” Next up for the group is a Saturday night appearance at the Bottle Rock Napa festival.
Watch fan-shot video of “Cortez” and “Cinnamon Girl” captured by Taper Jeff:
Setlist (via Sugar Mountain)
Neil Solo: After The Gold Rush / Green Is Blue / Heart Of Gold / (Think Of Me) / Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)
Neil & POTR: Human Highway / Out On The Weekend / Unknown Legend / Only Love Can Break Your Heart / Alabama / Words / Winterlong / Like An Inca / Turn Off The News / Everything Is Bullshit / Love To Burn / F*!#in’ Up / Cortez The Killer / Cinnamon Girl / (She Showed Me Love) / Rockin’ In The Free World / Rainbow Of Colors
Encore: Roll Another Number