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Rust Never Sleeps (1979)

Documentary covering Neil Young's October 22, 1978 concert performance at the Cow Palace.

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Documentary covering Neil Young's October 22, 1978 concert performance at the Cow Palace.

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Neil Young got the title "Rust Never Sleeps" from new wave band DEVO. (There are also shots of a crew member wearing a DEVO yellow suit in this film.) Young & DEVO would later appear together in Young's 'follow-up' film, "Human Highway". See more »

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Welfare Mothers
Written by Neil Young
Performed by Neil Young and Crazy Horse
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Rust Never Sleeps (1979)

*** (out of 4)

Neil Young and Crazy Horse take the stage at the Cow Palace for this show that took place on October 22nd, 1978. Many Young fans consider this tour to be one of his best and we get many classic tunes including: Sugar Mountain, After the Gold Rush, My My Hey Hey (both versions), The Needle and the Damage Done, Cinnamon Girl, Like a Hurricane and Welfare Mothers. It seems this tour was highly thought of but at the same time this film seems to draw some heat. This was my first time viewing it and my first time seeing any Young performance from this era and I must admit that I really liked it. I agree with some of the negative press that the filming was quite poor as much of the concert doesn't go to film very well as it's dark, grainy and at times the camera doesn't seem to know what it wants to focus on. There's a stage act going on but none of this is captured very well. Having said that, the music is certainly the most important thing here and the performances are terrific. Young does some solo numbers, which are excellent as are the stuff with Crazy Horse. Some of the highlights including a rocking version of Like a Hurricane and a very somber The Needle and the Damage Done. Even some of the lesser known tunes come off extremely well. Young's vocals are very good and the guitar playing is tops as usual. The film kicks off with some Hendrix and Beatles so that's never a bad thing.


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