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They go wild over Neil Young's 'Hurricane'

ATLANTIC CITY – The big question of the evening was: Would they go there? Would Neil Young & Crazy Horse perform “Like a Hurricane” at a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert Thursday night at the Borgata.

They go wild over Neil Young's 'Hurricane'

ATLANTIC CITY – The big question of the evening was: Would they go there? Would Neil Young & Crazy Horse perform “Like a Hurricane” at a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert Thursday night at the Borgata.

The answer came after a 12-song set – played the good old-fashioned, rock-and-roll way with giant Fender Deluxe amps and Young on Fender Stratocaster guitars. After classics and new tracks from their latest album “Psychedelic Pill” came the lithe strains of the 1977 masterpiece that Young wrote not about an intense storm, but about his intense desire for a girl.

And the crowd went wild.

“If you get a chance go down to the beach and take a look so you remember,” Young said, encouraging  the audience of more than 2,000 to see firsthand the storm’s impact on beaches, homes and businesses along New Jersey’s 127-mile coastline.

The crowd paid $75 to $150 to stand inside the Borgata’s Event Center for the four-hour fundraiser. It opened with the alternative country band Everest and included a set from Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, a native of Princeton.

With the performers and crews giving their time and and Borgata donating the production costs, more than $250,000 was raised for the American Red Cross Sandy Relief Fund.

“I’ve been coming through here a long time … you’ve always supported me.  That’s why I’m here for you now,” the quintessentially cool Young told the audience between songs, with a playlist that included “Walk Like A Giant,” “Cinnamon Girl,” and “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

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