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Believe it or not Neil Young played a super-secret private club gig in Toronto last weekend.

How are we just hearing about this?

Last Saturday night, Neil Young and Crazy Horse played a super-secret show at the tiny Rivoli on Queen Street West in Toronto in front of about 200 people. Was it a private party for a friend? That’s the current favourite theory. It certainly wouldn’t have been a corporate gig (Uncle Neil would never do that). Was it a movie/film shoot? Part of Queen was blocked off in front of the club and the amount of gear–three or four trucks’ worth that was offloaded Friday for the Saturday gig–seemed excessive. So…WTF?

There were no tickets sold. People–invitees–were screened before being allowed into the back room. Security was everywhere.

Starting at 9:10 pm, Neil and the band ran through this set list.

Country Home
Fuckin Up
Over and Over
Love to Burn
Farmer John
Mansion on the Hill
Love and Only Love –
(?)
Love and Only Love

Cinnamon Girl
Rockin’ in the Free World

It was all over by about 10:30 and he and Daryl Hannah left by the back door. And then Arkells loaded in and played.

Again I ask, WTF?

Alan Cross

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