SMELL THE HORSE TOUR

It sounded like a good idea at the time -- Sonic Youth, rapidly gaining a wider fanbase after years of underground exposure, touring with the 3rd best garage band in the world -- Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Well, things don't always pan out as they seem, and this tour is a good example. Night after night, SY were frequently booed and harassed until they left the stage, commonly after the lengthy pulsating feedback outlude of "Expressway to Yr Skull" (which Neil says soothed him in his dressing room before the show). If there's any question why, I have some advice -- go buy Neil's "WELD" video, filmed on this tour, and it will immediately answer all your questions within the first 30 seconds of "Hey Hey, My My" (hint: watch the crowd). In any case, Neil was delighted enough by Sonic Youth to invite them to the unlikely setting of the acoustic Bridge Benefit that year, but that's a whole other story.

Tour Length

49 shows

Cancelled Shows

03/22/91 	Albuquerque, NM		Tinling Arena
03/23/91	Phoenix, AZ		Desert Sky Pavilion
03/24/91 	Las Vegas, NV		Thomas & Mack Center
04/01/91	San Diego, CA		Sports Arena
04/02/91	Los Angeles, CA 	Sports Arena

04/10/91	Spokane, WA		
04/14/91	Saskatoon, SK		Sask. Place

Reason for cancellation: Neil had to cancel the first 5 dates above due to an illness, and rebooked them for the end of the tour. Unfortunately, SY had already arranged to be in Hawaii/Japan at the time, so they booked the 4/4/91 LA shows to compensate their fans. The Saskatoon show was cancelled due to problems transporting equipment, and the Spokane gig was cancelled for reasons unknown.

Number of Appearances in 26 Partial or Complete Set Lists:

	
Brother James		       16
Catholic Block			8
Cinderella's Big Score		2
Dirty Boots		       20
Eric's Trip		       11
Expressway		       17
Flower				9
I Love Her All The Time		4
Inhuman				1	01/24/91 Milwaukee, WI
Kill Yr Idols			4
Kool Thing		       22
Mote				8
Schizophrenia			3
Silver Rocket			3
Titanium Expose			1	02/20/91 Providence, RI
Tom Violence		       16
Tunic				9
White Kross		        9

Current Release: Goo

Songs from albums: Goo 6 Daydream Nation 2 Sister 3 Evol 2 Flower/Halloween 12" 1 Bad Moon Rising 1 Kill Yr Idols EP 2 Confusion is Sex 1

Other Statistics

Unreleased at time: 0 Number of different songs played: 18 Non-LP songs performed: 0
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