WATCH: Neil Young Plays on at BottleRock Napa Valley After Sound Is Cut
His band soldiered through “Rockin’ in the Free World” after the local curfew cut them off.
What happens when a rock legend is performing one of his biggest hits at a music festival, only to have the power unceremoniously shut off before he’s through? He rocks on.
Such was the case with Neil Young, headlining the BottleRock Napa Valley Festival in Napa, California, over the Memorial Day weekend. During a set that included such classics as “Harvest Moon” and “Heart of Gold,” the artist and his band were blazing through 1989 hit “Rockin’ in the Free World” when the sound was cut off.
It’s not the first time a BottleRock headliner has had their power cut before the end of a set. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the venue’s residential location is behind the hard 10 p.m. fest curfew. Both Foo Fighters and The Cure have experienced similarly truncated sets there because of it.
Despite the setback, Neil Young fans sang along to pick up the slack. Watch the moment via fan-recorded video below. The sound fades around the 8:10 mark.