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.
Neil Young reunited onstage with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills for the first time in seven years at his annual Bridge School Benefit in California on Saturday (26Oct13). Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were among the highlights of the star-studded benefit, which also included performances from Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Heart, Elvis Costello and his wife Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket and fun.
Young opened the show by performing a rendition of Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind before breaking into acoustic versions of Heart Of Gold and Comes A Time, which he sang with his wife Pegi.
Non-Young highlights included Costello's rendition of the Hollies' King Midas in Reverse with the band's Graham Nash, and Arcade Fire's rousing set.
The Canadian band was added as a last-minute replacement for The Killers, who pulled out of the benefit earlier this month (Oct13).
Frontman Win Butler told the audience at the Bridge School gig, "Neil emailed us a few days ago. They needed a pinch hitter, so we looked at our schedule. There's nowhere else on earth we'd rather be."
Young joined the band onstage for a new track they introduced as "I Dreamed A Neil Young Song".
CSNY took the stage just before midnight and kicked off their hour-long reunion set with Just A Song Before I Go.
The first night of the 2013 Bridge School Benefit weekend shows ended with an all-star rendition of Teach Your Children.
The annual charity concert continues on Sunday (27Oct13) with Tom Waits joining the line-up.
("Helplessly Hoping" "Just a Song Before I Go" "Guinevere" "Long Time Gone" "To the Last Whale... Critical Mass" "To the Last Whale... Wind on the Water" "Try to Find Me" "1,000 Roads" "For What It's Worth" "Taken At All" "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" "Daylight