Veteran rocker Neil Young stunned fans into silence at a concert in New York on Monday (06Jan14) when he scolded the audience for clapping along to his classic hit Ohio. The legendary singer kicked off a four-night residency at the fabled Carnegie Hall venue with an acoustic solo show, but he grew annoyed as he performed the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tune as the enthusiastic crowd failed to stick to the beat of the song.
According to a reviewer for the New York Times, Young cut off the track and shouted, "Wrong!" at the public, before blaming the delay on the gap between the stage and the seating, adding, "It's something that you probably don't know, but there's a hell of a distance between you and me."
An awkward silence fell over the crowd as Young started the tune again, but it wasn't the only time he lost his temper during the show - he later chastised a group of people sitting on a balcony for chatting in between songs.
He reportedly told the talkative fans, "No, you paid real good money to get in here, so you should be able to listen to each other."
Young returned to Carnegie Hall on Tuesday for his second show at the venue, but there was no sign of his grumpy mood as he performed hits like Are You Ready For The Country, A Man Needs A Maid and On the Way Home.
He also paid tribute to late folk singer Phil Ochs during a cover of his track Changes.
Former Grateful Dead star Bob Weir returned to the stage on Wednesday night (12Jun13) over a month after cancelling a string of shows following a collapse at a gig in New York. The veteran rocker was performing with his group Further in Port Chester at the end of April (13), when he fell to the floor in the middle of a song, and then exited the stage with what bandmate Phil Lesh called a "strained shoulder".
Weir was back onstage with the group in Atlantic City, New Jersey on 27 April (13), but an ongoing mystery health issue forced him to scrap a series of appearances and shows, including a performance at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival in California.
A statement from the band read: "Grateful Dead & Furthur co-founder Bob Weir is unable to perform in any capacity for the next several weeks."
However, the guitarist returned to the stage on Wednesday to tape a new episode of his weekly web series, Weir Here, which has been on hold since his stage collapse, in front of a live audience at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California.
Weir offered no official explanation for his leave of absence, but appeared to be in good health and spirits as he performed with Widespread Panic's Dave Schools, Primus' Jay Lane, Jeff Chimenti from his band Furthur and multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby, among others.
The show also featured a performance from singer/songwriter Beth Orton.
Weir then sat down to chat about his high school memories with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux and answered questions from the audience, but no one asked him about his health.
Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.