I remember as a kid I used to pretend I liked Neil Young. Even though I hadn’t heard a single track he recorded, I just thought it sounded cool. Then, my dad gave me some of his CD’s when I started liking rock, and I was blown away. Now, everyone agrees to say that “Harvest” is the best album he ever recorded. In some ways, I can actually agree with that statement, but my only problem with “Harvest” is the fact that it is perfect. I don’t like my music or films to be absolutely perfect. A piece of art needs flaws. My favorite Young album would have to be “After the Gold Rush”. It’s one of the few albums I can sit and listen to the whole thing. Anyway, enough with the back story… Four days ago, I went to the Zenith in Paris for my first Neil Young concert. As soon as I saw the posters, I ran back home and bought tickets. I always buy two tickets whenever I go to a concert, because I am able to go watch a film by myself but there’s no way I can attend a concert alone. I mean, I did it before but it doesn’t feel very cool when you come out you know what I mean? Anyway, I was quite scared before the concert, because legends usually tend to disappoint during live performances. I remember sitting through a Lou Reed concert in 2004, and it destroyed me to say that it was a terrible experience. Same thing goes with Bob Dylan… So, in order to not be disappointed, my friend and I decided to experience a bit of the reefer madness before the show…that way, if Young sucks, we’ll still get a good laugh out of it. Well, let me say I didn’t need it. As soon as he came on stage, the audience went insane and he started off with a really heavy version of “Hey Hey My My”. All of a sudden, I had absolutely no idea what was happening around me, and I just sat there, completely blocked on the master at work…yes, I was really high at the time, but that’s no explanation for me being unable to talk for a good hour. Young was rocking it, he was rocking it good, but the real peak of the show came when he put down the electric guitar, and started playing tracks from “Harvest” and “After the Gold Rush”. Don’t know if it was the doobie, but damn did I start really tripping when he played “Don’t let it bring you down”, “Heart of Gold” and finally “Old Man”. Then he went back to the electric guitar, that’s when I knew it was time for a cigarette and a beer. Well, “Rockin in the Free World” really sounds good from far away that’s all I can say. After an amazing concert, the audience obviously called for an encore, and Young came in and played a perfect cover of The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life”. That such a great artist would choose someone else’s song to finish his concert is humble and beautiful. I came out of the concert feeling like I just witnessed something incredible. I took a big breath, realized I was still high and that’s when the munchies hit me and my friend and I got ourselves a merguez sandwich…my kind of night.