Goldrush is a seven piece band featuring Dan Chiba & Prisoners of Rock ‘n’ Roll performing a collection of songs by Neil Young. Dan opened with a solo acoustic rendition of Sugar Mountain. Each subsequent number was augmented with other members of the band.
The first ten songs in the set featured the more pastoral side of Neil Young’s catalogue. Appropriately much of the material they performed was from the album After The Goldrush with four numbers included. Goldrush itself featured an accordion, while the harmony vocals on Tell Me Why were flawless (watch the video here).
Only Love Can Break Your Heart and I Believe In You saw the band in full swing. One of the highlights of the acoustic half of the set was Harvest Moon. Comes A Time was another highlight. Also included was material from the classic album Harvest such as Old Man and Heart Of Gold. After Hey Hey My My from Rust Never Sleeps, they played an electric set. This is fitting as this covered material that Neil Young performs with Crazy Horse, such as Cinnamon Girl and Cortez The Killer.
Goldrush performs faithful renditions of Neil Young’s songs, recreating the feel and vibe of the music. The looseness of the material that makes Young’s music special is carried off really well.
As tribute acts go, Goldrush is certainly one to look out for and will cater for those left disappointed by the cancellation of Neil Young’s scheduled concert in Liverpool over the summer.
Stuart Todd runs and hosts the award-winning Liverpool Acoustic Live music events with Graham Holland. Stuart was formally in the group Triad before leaving to do solo work. In recent years he has had a successful partnership with local classical guitarist and composer Neil Campbell with whom he formed the duo Campbell Todd. He has also been in the band The Freebies and involved with a number of creative writing projects. His current band is called Three Minute Hero.