March 3, 2013 – 4:47 am

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Miami 1977 [Pink Robert, 1CD]

Live at the Miami Music Festival Of Arts, Bicentennial Park, Miami, FL; November 12, 1977. Good to fairly good audience (?) recording; assembled from three sources and remastered. Some hiss.

Finally: Why Neil Young Played The 1977 Miami Music Festival
[See WSHE-FM’s Gary Granger’s comments below]

The only performance with The Gone With The Wind Orchestra - thanks to Pink Robert for all the efforts sharing this show.

Here are some notes by 1chucho posted at Dime:

“Everyone played and it was the country wall of sound, the Gone With the Wind Orchestra. What a sound! Soon after I was so high on that orchestra that I did a free concert in Miami and took the whole group down there and played. But we didn’t record it - I can’t believe it. It must be the only thing I’ve ever done that I didn’t record. I did “Sweet Home Alabama” at that show, and the folks loved it. (My own song “Alabama” richly deserved the shot Lynyrd Skynyrd gave me with their great record. I don’t like my words when I listen to it today…)”
- Neil Young 2012 (”Waging Heavy Peace”)

This was a benefit in Miami shortly after Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane went down on October 20, 1977 killing bandmembers Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines. In tribute, Neil followed “Alabama” with “Sweet Home Alabama.” And then, in classic Neil Young style, he followed that with “Are You Ready for the Country,” to my ears a song about the finality of death. “You gotta tell your story, boy, before it’s time to go.”

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Track 01. Are You Ready For The Country (9.7MB)
Track 02. Dance Dance Dance (8.2MB)
Track 03. Old Man (7.2MB)
Track 04. The Losing End (9.4MB)
Track 05. Heart Of Gold (6.7MB)
Track 06. The Needle And The Damage Done (4.5MB)
Track 07. Sugar Mountain (17.8MB)
Track 08. Already One (9.6MB)
Track 09. Lady Wingshot (5.1MB)
Track 10. Four Strong Winds - cut (3.1MB)
Track 11. Down By The River (14.6MB)
Track 12. Alabama/Sweet Home Alabama (10.8MB)
Track 13. Are You Ready For The Country (8.1MB)

Vietnam Veterans Benefit, The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles; February 24, 1986
Track 14. Believe - with Nils Lofgren (4.8MB)
Track 15. Powderfinger (9.0MB)
Track 16. Ohio - with Graham Nash (5.5MB)

Neil Young - vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
Nicolette Larson - background vocals
Ben Keith - steel guitar
Spooner Oldham - piano
Tim Drummond - bass
Rufus Thibodeaux - fiddle
Karl T. Himmel - drums

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  1. 67 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - MIAMI 1977”

  2. Great post, Big O :)

    I have had this for many years, but mine is a multi-gen tape copy - nice to get this fresher remaster, so thank you very much, much appreciated :)

    By Bernard Shaykee on Mar 3, 2013


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Mar 3, 2013

  4. I never even knew of this gig by Neil in Nov 77. Is there more of this Vietnam Veterans benefit?

    By Nick on Mar 3, 2013

  5. I was at this show, the first of many times I have seen Neil in concert. Thanks for reminding me to pull my copy off the shelf and give it another listen!

    By James on Mar 3, 2013

  6. the real bootleg history, not the made up Darth story.

    By truth will set you free on Mar 3, 2013


    By stump johnson on Mar 3, 2013


    Robbie Robertson , Garth Hudson,Richard Manuel ,Rick Danko,Chilliwack , The Collectors, Guess Who, BTO ,Stampeders,Joni mitchell,Amos Garrett,Iand and Sylvia, Ian Tyson,Crowbar,King Biscuit Boy, McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Whiskety Howl,Michael Pickett,Downchild Blues Band, the Mandala,the Ugly Ducklings, Luke and the Apostles, Kensington Market, the Mynah Byrds,Mashmakan,Rush,Moxy,Colin James, the Paupers, Lighthouse,5 Man Electrical Band,Goddo,Teenage Head,Martha and the Muffins,
    that`s enough for now.

    By sluggo on Mar 3, 2013

  9. Alexander “Skip” Spence, Rush, Saga and of course Helen Reddy & Celine Dion. Justin Bieber !?!

    By sking on Mar 4, 2013

  10. Triumph and Red Rider also…

    By Paul on Mar 4, 2013

  11. don`t get silly sking, helen reddy is australian, and as for bieber, well you yanks are responsible for a lot of crapstars as well nikki minaj, for starters ..and I never mentioned Gord Lightfoot, Buffy St.Marie, Prakash john and Whitey Glann[ both worked wonders on live lou reed and alice cooper discs], dave clayton thomas,blue rodeo, tragically al…

    By sluggo on Mar 4, 2013

  12. We’ll forgive the aussies the unforgivable sin of rick springfield….

    By stump johnson on Mar 4, 2013

  13. Thanks, BigO.
    I’ve wanted to hear Neil sing that “hope Neil Young will remember…” verse ever since reading that bit in his autobiography.
    Alas, he doesn’t sing it. In fact, while he sings the WORDS “sweet home Alabama” a few times at the end of “Alabama,” he doesn’t do the SONG called “Sweet Home Alabama,” at all. Then, considering how much drug use he describes in the book, it’s not surprising his memory’s a bit foggy…

    By YogaforCynics on Mar 4, 2013

  14. Don’t forget the complex, multi-dimensional songwriter-musician of Bruce Cockburn! and I’m wonderin where the lions are….

    By 4yrsnojob on Mar 4, 2013

  15. 4yrs you are right about bruce cockburn, anyway,all i meant to show was that we have something to offer musically from canada as well…someone took the liberty of deliberately posting a few sugar pop artists decrying Canuck creativity.
    Musical creativity and prowess is not unique to any one country or region it is diverse and that is the beauty of it all as we get to experience sound from places the world over.there is no best there is no worst but there is plainly world music for all.

    By sluggo on Mar 4, 2013

  16. You are so right on, sluggo. I have learned and heard so many artists and performances at BigO. And the BigO articles on national and world finances many times alert me to issues that are not being covered by the mainstream media in the U.S. Here the “journalists” are always asking, “but where is the KARDASHIAN connection? UNLESS we have the K FACTOR, there’s no NEWS value.”!!!

    By 4yrsnojob on Mar 4, 2013

  17. To Yogaforcynics: Neil does indeed slip into the 3 chord progression that is Sweet Home, but does not do any other lyrics. Nor would I.

    By fortwaldron on Mar 4, 2013

  18. I actually did think Helen Reddy was from Canada but I should have checked my facts first before putting them in print. Thank god she’s not. I even asked my wife and she thought Helen was Canadian too and around here she’s never wrong. Thanks for clearing that up Sluggo.

    By sking on Mar 5, 2013

  19. Sking , every country has `em.
    I`d trade Celien Dionne and Anne Murray for Helen Reddy and a vegemite sandwich!

    By sluggo on Mar 5, 2013

  20. And as for Skippy, I’ve been a longtime Grape fan and just recently learned he was Canadian. And as for Bieber, it is Americas fault he was released upon the public but I don’t want to get into the whole discussion of the sad shape of the music industry. I didn’t know about Whitey Glann. I saw him backing John Kay when he was touring to support his first solo album in ‘72 and opening for The Guess Who. That was my first concert. So I was out giving my money to Canadian musicians before supporting the Americans in the years that followed. And BTW in 1975 I was in Canada and got into a little trouble and was told to get out of their country and never return but that is a long story and I don’t hold it against them.

    By sking on Mar 5, 2013

  21. on 3-2-13 neil w/ch did his opening show of the new tour in perth australia and in his set included a song called ‘hole in the sky’. the only song i found from the show on youtube so far is -!
    its just over 8mins. enjoy.
    otherwise the set list is essentially the same as the american set with one other alteration. he inserted heart of gold for needle and the damage done. there are 3 acoustic songs in the set. if anyone finds a copy of hole in the sky.. please post a link. thanks.

    By darth on Mar 5, 2013

  22. now I didn`t know about Skip spence being Canadian. As for Penti [real name] Gla, aka Whitey he is an incredibly able drummer. There used to be this band around toronto back in the mid 60`s called the Mandala that just used to bglow people`s minds with their rock and soul revue..
    They had a few huge hits here, Opportunity, Loveitis, and Give a Little Take a Little. Whitey and guitarist Dominic troiano left Mandala and started Bush[the real bush not the one from a few years back] and they also released a terrific self title record the had
    Prakash John on bass.Prakash and whitey later toured with John Kay, Lou Reed , and Alice.
    I used to see Whitey and the Mandala and The Hawks when I was kid going to teen dances..good days..

    By sluggo on Mar 5, 2013

  23. ok i found the song. its 3′53 and a little over 5meg. if my friends want it.. u know where to get it. woohoo!!

    By darth on Mar 5, 2013

  24. if my friends want it.. u know where to get it. woohoo!!


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Mar 5, 2013

  25. Great post darth

    By joe psycho on Mar 5, 2013


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Mar 5, 2013

  27. true dat x 2, sarge

    By barth on Mar 5, 2013

  28. i dont post on any other names. ever.

    By darth on Mar 6, 2013


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Mar 6, 2013

  30. and barth is DROPKICK SARGE, using a different keyboard that has the caps lock stuck.

    By joe psycho on Mar 6, 2013

  31. joe your surname is quite befitting.

    By barth on Mar 6, 2013

  32. oh and thanks for the compliment.

    By barth on Mar 6, 2013


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Mar 6, 2013

  34. just trashed my john davidson, pinky lee, and corey haim photos. sigh.

    By barth on Mar 7, 2013


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Mar 7, 2013

  36. This is interesting for historical purposes. But the performances, while interesting, aren’t great. And the sound quality isn’t good at all, although some tracks are marginally better than others. Thanks to whoever put it together from the various sources tapes, though. I am sure that wasn’t easy.

    By Jania on Mar 7, 2013

  37. Thanks to whoever put it together from the various sources tapes, though. I am sure that wasn’t easy.

    shucks thanks!

    By darthyoung on Mar 7, 2013

  38. I was there. Ozark Mountain Daredevils played, too. Possibly broadcast live by WSHE though no recordings have surfaced.

    By rap on Mar 7, 2013

  39. it wasnt brdcst. it wasnt recorded. only audience recordings exist.

    By darth on Mar 7, 2013

  40. With all the drivel and bulls**t posted on this site by the angry crowd, it’s hard to get an actual comment about the music noticed - but here goes:

    This is an incredible musical document and a real piece of history. Neil himself seems to believe it was lost in the mists of time, but here it is! You need to open your ears and get past the crowd noise andf enjoy this for what it is - an INCREDIBLE ROIO of a moment in time! Neil sings and plays his heart out here as does the rest of the band. This is something that I never thought I’d hear and I want to thank Big O for posting and the tapers who recorded this for posterity.

    By the way, Track 2 includes the song Love Is A Rose.

    By Adam Dean on Mar 7, 2013

  41. once again, darth’s memory tops everyone else’s. tell us all about bootlegs, lp’s, and 45s darth.

    By darthknowitall on Mar 7, 2013

  42. it wasnt brdcst. it wasnt recorded. only audience recordings exist.


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Mar 7, 2013

  43. Also from Neil’s autobiography: “I even asked famed rock photographer darth if he could get me a copy, since he knows everything about bootlegs. He said nope, nobody recorded it, so that was that. I also asked him if he could introduce me to his friends the Ramones, since I knew he hung out with them so much he was practically a member of the band. He said he would but their phone number was in storage.”

    By Innocent Bystander on Mar 8, 2013

  44. it has nothing to do with security. as is obvious it was recorded in the audience. so security has nothing to do with this. my response was concerning whether or not it was brdcst on the radio or recorded thru the sbd. thats all. security wouldnt be involved with that. your comment makes no sense. the other comments are just ridiculous.

    By darth on Mar 8, 2013

  45. The 1986 tracks from Inglewood aren’t described but are very good - I enjoyed them more than the Miami tracks. Very good recording quality (not an audience recording) with some tape hiss.

    = The first track is a Nils Lofgren vocal and perhaps his song? Maybe it is Neil on piano?
    = “Powderfinger” is acoustic with Neil playing harmonica for the intro, then acoustic guitar and harmonica with the vocal. A decent version.

    = “Ohio” is a strong acoustic version with Graham Nash. The best of the three tracks here.

    By Jania on Mar 9, 2013

  46. P.S. — I haven’t seen many 1980’s shows from Neil on Big O. Any chance we could get some more?

    By Jania on Mar 9, 2013

  47. i use to photograph neil back in the 80`ss and my girlfriend wood tell me how much she loved me becuz neil and i were picture friends.

    By humphrey frohmann on Mar 9, 2013

  48. Hi BigO !
    Thanks very much for sharing this. As i red Neil’s book, i wondered what great this concert was to be… cheers !

    By Raphaël on Mar 9, 2013

  49. sorry to be a hog just saw neil on sat in hunter valley 14 songs one new, he and crazy horse where rockin any shows in oz yet

    By the duke on Mar 11, 2013

  50. Thanks for sharing. Neil Young is GOD!

    Hope he is around for many more years.

    By Chuck on Mar 20, 2013

  51. This was a 3-day festival for the Miami Children’ Hospital dedicated to Lynyrd Skynyrd who ;s plane crashed 3 weeks earlier … there were dozens of bands like Lake, Grand Funk, The Outlaws etc. …it was amazing … looking for more info … WSHE radio station put it on

    By Bill on Aug 27, 2013

  52. This was the Miami Music Festival of The Arts. We put on that festival with WSHE FM. at the Bicentenial Park. Other groups we got were Mark Ferguson, Dr. hook and a local group called Tight Squeeze. The concert ran 2 days and proceeds went to the National Hemophelia Foundation. It was amazing to come across these tracks. I was right there when he sang those songs. It was his birthday and we were cutting this huge cake and giving it to the ppl in the crowd. You wouldn’t be able to do that today. I have lots of pictures from that event. Now I can listen to the music as well. : )

    By Laura Curtis Latrenta on Feb 7, 2015

  53. A back story about Neil’s performance at the 1977 benefit in Miami. In the early days of promoting the show on WSHE the owner of the station stuck his head into my office and said..”You ever heard of Neil Young?” He just called and said he wants to perform at the show…he’s on his way over to discuss.”

    Neil arrives in a ‘55-’56 Ford Station Wagon. Said he was living on his boat in Ft Lauderdale and heard about the show, which happened to be on his birthday & and he wanted to play the show.

    We immediately put him on the air to make the announcement and provided him a cassette copy of the interview on his way out, which he shared with his management group in Nashville. We proceeded to promote the show, now with Neil as the headliner.

    About two weeks later I received a call from Neil’s manager saying he had just gotten around to listening to a cassette that Neil had casually left on his desk.

    He shouted into the phone…”Who authorized this and who the hell is going to pay for it?” I answered the two questions with “Neil & Neil.”

    He played the show with The Gone With a The Wind Otchestra…35 pieces with the musicians all wearing earmuffs. I gather the tab was picked up by Neil’s record company.

    A magical night! Thanks Neil!

    Gary Granger
    Program Director

    By Gary Granger on Feb 13, 2015

  54. Hello Gary

    Thanks for writing in. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 13, 2015

  55. Having grown up in South Florida I was at that show, the first of many times I’ve seen Neil. Thanks for the reminder that the Ozark Mountain Daredevils were on the bill. I’d nearly forgotten that.

    By James Cassara on Feb 14, 2015

  56. Thanks for the back story Gary. Man do I miss the days of WSHE radio. A couple of months after this show I spotted Neil, partially disguised, at Peaches Records. I quietly asked him to autograph my copy of Decade, which he agreed to do only if we went out into the parking lot. While I was waiting in the check out line I kept thinking he’d bail on me, but he was good on his word. The signed album is among my most prized possessions.

    By James Cassara on Feb 14, 2015

  57. I was at this show. It was a free outdoor show, and money was being collected for some charity, a medical charity.

    By Phil Cohen on Feb 23, 2015

  58. The show benefitted the Hemophilia Foundation.

    By Gary Granger on Mar 19, 2015

  59. I was at that show. I seem to recall it got a bit out of hand, one of those things where the people upfront were getting crushed and Neil was saying, “C’mon people calm down, calm down.” I had to hand my brother up over the barricades to a bouncer, met up with him after the show. Do I remember bonfires scattered around the park? I’ve learned at this point in life that memory is a capricious thing and not always trustworthy. But I clearly remember the Sweet Home Alabama segue, and have told that to many people over the years about it. I remember everyone looking at each other and hooting when he made that move. Thanks for sharing the tracks.

    By CG on Apr 28, 2015

  60. I too was there, and like the previous post touched on, my memory isn’t quite as sharp anymore either. I do remember it was chilly with an overcast. And as also mentioned, it was a benefit show as well as Neil’s birthday. The following weekend CSN was playing the Sportatorium and there were hopes he would join them, but it never materialized. The crowd was somewhat rowdy for both shows. It was either Crosby or Stills who told the crowd to cool it during their acoustic set. But thinking back on it, unruly crowds seemed to be the norm for many of the shows I seen while living there during that time. Nonetheless, good memories and glad I ran across this blog.
    GARY GRANGER: WSHE was all I listen too when I lived there, and for some reason never forgot the name Buzz Kilman (probably because it was just to unique). How ironic it was when I moved back to Chicago in 1980, I found he was working up there. Small world.
    LAURA CURTIS LATRENTA: any chance you could share some of the pic’s you have from this show? Would be great to see.

    By JB on Jul 10, 2016

  61. I was there. Neil Young got Booed fordoing “Southern Man”. The other things I remember is Dr Hook saying “I want every one of you motherfuckers to light up a joint for the mayor of Miami. And I remember announcement s about bad Quaaludes going around and people being hospitalized

    By Michael Corcoran on Jan 7, 2019

  62. I just looked at that playlist. They didn’t include “Southern Man” he may not have finished it. The whole crowd was booing

    By Michael Corcoran on Jan 7, 2019

  63. Rumor has it Neil gots an average un

    By U L E on Jan 8, 2019

  64. I was there with 5 of my friends it was awesome. We slept in the drivers Riviera buick it was in the 40s cold as hell. But it was a great time

    By Ron Carr on Feb 9, 2019

  65. The concert was put on by Star Entertainment with WSHE radio. The concert was to benefit the National Hemophelia Foundation. star Entertainment’s presidents son was affected with the disease. He and VP Holt Chater organized the entire 3 day concert. A total of 300,000 people came. Other groups were Dr. Hook, Mark Ferguson and a local band Tight Sqeeze. It was an amazing time. I was Holt’s wife and organized the clowns and characters running around with bucket to collect for the charity. I had a picture album but lost track of it. I still have the t shirt though.

    By Laura Latrenta on Feb 7, 2020

  66. I was there went with 5 or 6 buddy’s.Molly Hackett, Point Blank, and a bunch more southern rock bands. All for free. It got cold as hell that night. We couldn’t all sleep in the car. Two of my friends slept on the hood. They had to freeze their ass off. I got lucky and got to sleep in the car. We parked across the bridge by the goodyear blimp. What a great time it was. Thanks Stretch fir the ride.

    By Ron Carr on Jul 27, 2020

  67. Was there anyone here that was at the show on Friday evening? There as a band from Texas called Rachael West and the Wild West Show. Her song Sweet Georgia Nights was very special and made quite an impression if I recall correctly!

    By Edward Kemper on Apr 24, 2021

  68. My mom was fucking black studs constantly in our trailer in the Deliverance Trailer Park so she wasn’t there, unless she was a Mandrill groupie and they took her on the road.

    By DD on Apr 24, 2021

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