Neil Young – Handwritten Setlist /1st Show 1983 “Solo Trans” Tour

An ultra rare Neil Young handwritten setlist, from the first date of his 1983 Solo Trans tour.  This list includes a number of Neil’s best known songs, including “Comes a Time”, “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”, “Cowgirl in the Sand” and “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)”.

The provenance is best explained by the included letter of authenticity from longtime Neil associate Joel Bernstein:

“This letter is to authenticate Neil Young’s handwritten preliminary setlist for his January 5, 1983 show at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.  This was the first show of his 1983 Solo Trans Tour.

I photographed Neil Young for the first time at his first East Coast show with Crazy Horse, at the Bitter End in New York City, in February 1969. I went on to work with Neil extensively, as both his and CSNY’s tour photographer, and shooting him for eighteen of his album covers (including After The Gold Rush, Harvest, Time Fades Away, Tonight’s The Night, Decade and Rust Never Sleeps) plus numerous other official projects including publicity, advertising, songbooks, posters, et al. On various tours from 1973-1993, I also worked with Neil as his guitar technician; and served as his archivist for 20 years, researching and presenting him with every source for audio, artwork and text used in his massive box set Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972.

During the course of working for Neil, he gave me various acetates, test pressings, set lists and other memorabilia. Neil knew I was a collector and he wasn’t, so once he was done with things like this, instead of throwing it away, he often gave it to me. This is from my personal collection. Sincerely, Joel Bernstein”

Very little authentic Neil Young handwritten material has been offered publicly over the years, and this setlist is a truly museum-quality Neil Young collectible with exceptional provenance.  4” x 6”. Included is our written lifetime guarantee of authenticity, and Bernstein’s letter of authenticity.

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