Dylan jokes, a genie, and Tonight's The Night!

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Neil Young continued his UK tour in Manchester last night with a more playful and talkative show than the previous six.

Young appeared far more relaxed than at the first Manchester show, regaling the crowd with an unusual number of anecdotes and dry asides. At one point, he started talking about Bob Dylan being in Bobby Vee‘s band, began playing a Bobby Vee song, messed it up and then muttered “Oh, fuck it” while grinning broadly.

The surprise new addition to the setlist came in the encores, with a version of “Tonight’s The Night”. According to an Uncut reader at the show, Young deliberately croaked the lyrics to make it resemble the album version.

The evening finished with “The Sultan”, a rare garage instrumental recorded by Young’s school band, The Squires. Here, though, the band were augmented by a man in a genie costume, who kept time with a giant gong.

To read a full review of the first Manchester show, visit Uncut’s live reviews blog by clicking here.

Neil Young’s UK dates end in London later this week (March 14 and 15).

Last night’s full setlist:

ACOUSTIC SET

From Hank To Hendrix

Ambulance Blues

Sad Movies

A Man Needs A Maid

No One Seems To Know

Harvest

Journey Through The Past

Mellow My Mind

Love Art Blues

Love Is A Rose

Old Man

ELECTRIC SET

The Loner

Dirty Old Man

Spirit Road

Powderfinger

Hey Hey, My My

Too Far Gone

Oh, Lonesome Me

The Believer

No Hidden Path

Cinnamon Girl

Fuckin’ Up

Tonight’s The Night

The Sultan

See Uncut’s reviews of previous ‘Continental Tour’ UK shows here:

Damien Love’s review of the first UK date at Edinburgh Playhouse / John Mulvey’s review of the London Hammersmith Apollo First Night show / and UNCUT editor Allan Jones’ review of London Hammersmith Apollo Second Night.

If you were at any of the shows use the comments button beneath the reviews to let us know what you thought… and if you’re going to any of the remaining London or Manchester shows, what do you want to see unearthed from the legendary singer’s songbook?

Pic credit: PA Photos