Anyone paying attention knows that Neil Young, the hipster's favorite classic rocker, can plug in and shread with the best of them. But there was a different, quiet, kind of power on display at his solo acoustic show at the Dolby Theatre (best known for hosting the Oscars) on April 2.
His voice strong and clear, Young riveted the packed house for two hours, playing a variety of guitars, keyboards and harmonicas during the moving 22-song set.
Young ambled across the stage throughout the night, like a grandfather leading the kids on a tour of a cluttered attic, moving from instrument to instrument, at times telling stories, before launching with conviction into another heartfelt song.
Setting aside his reputation as "the godfather of Grunge," Young's perfomance was a testament to the enduring impact of what an accomplished artist can do with just a song, an instrument and a spotlight.