DEVIN McKINNEY • Another addition to the growing video library here at your favorite YouTube annex: Neil Young performing a Beatles classic to wind up a recent Dublin date.
Though Neil has never done much to associate himself with the Fabs, this song choice makes sense in at least one regard: I have always felt that the Young-Nitzsche “Expecting to Fly” (from the 1967 Buffalo Springfield Again) was a direct homage to/steal from Sgt. Pepper, particularly its royal finale. (And what about “Broken Arrow,” from the same album? Or “Country Girl,” from CSNY’s Deja Vu? And pretty much the whole of 1969’s Neil Young?)
While Neil’s version isn’t a patch on The Fall’s, let alone Big Daddy’s (!), it is at the very least a cool gesture from a king of cool gestures.