January 25, 2022

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New Zealand’s favourite Neil Young concert, without Neil Young, returns to the stage


Liam Finn, performs in the Come Together Live Rust tribute show in 2019.

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Liam Finn, performs in the Come Together Live Rust tribute show in 2019.

When the New Zealand tribute tour of Neil Young’s Live Rust returns to the stage this week, audiences shouldn’t simply expect a rehash of the popular 2019 concerts.

Some of the country’s musical top brass, including Jon Toogood, Liam Finn and Samuel Flynn Scott, will perform the entire album at Wellington’s Opera House on Friday.

The show is back by popular demand, after selling out venues and earning rave reviews in 2019.

The 13th floor described the last tour as “unforgettable”.

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Finn, son of Kiwi musical legend Neil Finn, says the experience was “euphoric” and he’s excited to play the gig again.

However, this time the performance will be a bit different.

“We’re kind of getting into some of the nuances of the songs … I think the great thing about Neil Young is that it’s his spirit that we’re being true to. He’s someone who’s always interpretive,” Finn says.

Like Finn, Jon Toogood is returning for the second Come Together tour of Neil Young's Live Rust.

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Like Finn, Jon Toogood is returning for the second Come Together tour of Neil Young’s Live Rust.

While he feels some “self-imposed” pressure to do justice to the work of his “biggest living hero”, Finn is confident audiences will be satisfied.

“I think if anything it’s just going to be bettering what we did last time.”

He describes Live Rust as “the soundtrack of people’s lives”.

After it was released in 1979, Live Rust spent a whopping 50 weeks on the New Zealand charts.

  • The tour opens in Christchurch on Thursday and will move to Auckland on Saturday. Tickets are from $79 and are on sale through Ticket Master.



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