The 50th anniversary of Neil Young’s On the Beach is being celebrated in concert this weekend
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24.06.2024

The 50th anniversary of Neil Young’s On the Beach is being celebrated in concert this weekend

Neil Young
Words by Staff Writer

On the Beach, Neil Young’s fifth album, is a unique beautiful masterpiece and one of his finest.

It’s raw and meditative, beguiling and transformative. Lisa Miller, Nick Barker & The Honeyslides will embrace and celebrate this extraordinary album along with a select bunch of their most loved Neil Young songs.

Neil Young tribute

  • Neil Young’s On the Beach 50th Anniversary Celebration – Matinee 2:00pm, Sat 29 June, 2024
  • Neil Young’s On the Beach 50th Anniversary Celebration – Evening 6:30pm, Sat 29 June, 2024
  • Brunswick Ballroom

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On the Beach, released in 1974, is often hailed as one of Young’s most introspective and deeply affecting works. As his fifth studio album, it marks a stark departure from the commercial success of his earlier records like Harvest. Instead of the polished, radio-friendly sound, On the Beach delves into a raw, contemplative exploration of despair, disillusionment, and the search for meaning.

Recorded after the turbulent Ditch Trilogy period, On the Beach encapsulates Young’s reaction to personal and societal upheavals. The Vietnam War, political disillusionment, and the backlash against the counterculture movement weigh heavily on the album’s themes. This introspective journey is reflected in the hauntingly sparse arrangements and melancholic melodies that permeate the record.

The opening track, Walk On, sets a paradoxically upbeat yet sardonic tone, addressing Young’s critics and his struggle to move forward amid adversity. As the album progresses, tracks like See the Sky About to Rain and Revolution Blues reveal a darker, more introspective side. Ambulance Blues, the album’s closing track, is a sprawling, nine-minute epic that encapsulates Young’s reflections on his generation’s failed ideals and his personal trials.

Book your tickets to the matinee performance here or the evening performance here.