The live concert video featuring a performance from the 1978 Rust Never Sleeps Tour. Originally released in 1979 and reissued by Sanctuary on DVD in 2002. I’ve never really enjoyed live concert films very much, but I regard this one as a gem with its classic set list, bizarre interludes, and odd stage props. Neil really went all out on the concept for these shows in 78′ as his usual humorous between song banter is replaced by weird rock music and pop culture references. One of the most striking things about the film/tour is the inclusion of the “Road Eyes”, which were glowing eyed jawa looking creatures who took over the stage hand/roadie duties during the performance. Another interesting inclusion is the PA announcements that take place during the intermission, which after awhile you may or may not realize are from the overblown festival Woodstock (an event that Young played at as part of CSNY). Even after all the osbscure references, costuming, and odd set design… at the films core is a rock solid performance from Young and the Horse.
A little known fact about the title for the film and album of the same name is that its a direct quote from the lead singer of Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh (aka Booji Boy). Neil first heard Mark say this during filming of the feature Human Highway; a film project that Neil worked on in the late 70s and early 80s that featured the actors Dennis Hoffman & Dean Stockwell and also the members of Devo.
Enjoy the performance of one of my favorite Neil Young songs from the show below. Beware if you are short on patience… its a long jam.
Posted originally: 2009-03-18 20:51:45