Some tweets from the Neil Young concert last night: winning over the crowd with music (and a little weed); but not Neil deMause
"Rust Never Sleeps...that's a good one for this place."--Neil Young, at the Barclays Center. #niceone
— joyce rutter kaye (@joycekaye) December 4, 2012
patti smith just likened the barclays center to a cockroach... while playing barclays center. 👍
— Riley Fields (@rileyf) December 4, 2012
"Rust Never Sleeps ... this building is proof of that." Neil Young on #BarclaysCenter. Ugly building, great noise.
— Ken Ficara (@kenficara) December 4, 2012
i can't believe all this pot smoke at neil young show.when are people gonna grow up?
— jeff kilgour (@tijuanagiftshop) December 4, 2012
"It's all good in the hood!" - Something Neil Young just said, from the stage of the Barclays Center.
— Rachel Perry (@rachelcperry) December 4, 2012
Neil Young at Barclays-the most white people I've seen in one place since I moved to Brooklyn
— clownmommy (@clownmommy) December 4, 2012
Al Gore is currently sitting 2 rows in front of my parents at the Neil Young concert. They have all the fun.
— Cameron Brody (@cambrody93) December 4, 2012
I am not as mad at this place as I should be right now. (@ Barclays Center for Neil Young & Crazy Horse + more) [pic]: 4sq.com/SCuDso
— Michael Noonan (@MichaelNoonanG) December 4, 2012
"Thank you everyone, thank you Brooklyn, thank you Jay-Z." - Neil YoungA cold-eyed impression
— kate wadkins (@kwadkins) December 4, 2012
Neil deMause, writing in his Field of Schemes blog, liked the concert, but pronounced himself unimpressed with the venue:
All modern stadiums and arenas have a fundamental problem to solve, which is how to jam in the maximum number of high-priced lower-deck seats and luxury suites without making the hoi polloi upstairs feel isolated from the event. The Barclays Center handles this extremely poorly, combining a sprawling lower section with a large wedge of suites that makes viewing from the front row of the upper deck (where we were seated) like watching from the opposite rim of the Grand Canyon....
There were other problems as well: The restrooms have been wedged into a section of the seating bowl where the concourses are exceptionally narrow, meaning when everyone lined up for them between sets, there were major traffic jams. The famed Jay-Z-inspired black/grey color scheme came off less urban chic than corporate blah. And while the Disney-trained staff were certainly friendly, I can’t say they were especially helpful — the defining image of the night for me was when the Nathan’s food stand guy sold me two bottles of Dasani water (a mere $4.50 each!) and then insisted on pouring them into plastic cups, apologizing the whole way that this was the way they had to do it.
I guess the same could be said about the arena as a whole. But I’m still waiting for my apology, Mr. Ratner.