160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Neil Young dusted off some rarely played chestnuts for longtime fans in his first of two concerts at downtown’s new Nokia Theatre on Tuesday night. Dividing his show into two sets, one acoustic and the other electric, Young offered up songs both underplayed and downright obscure. His graceful and melodic acoustic set included the lesser-known (and in some cases, never officially released) “Sad Movies,” “Don’t Say You Win, Don’t Say You Lose,” “Love Art Blues,” “Star of Bethlehem” and a banjo version of “Mellow My Mind” alongside perennial favorites “After the Gold Rush” and “A Man Needs a Maid.” Two ’70s tunes resurrected by Young felt as fresh as the day they were written, thanks to the current political scene. Lyrics written about Richard Nixon for the gorgeously esoteric “Ambulance Blues” resonated anew: “I never knew a man who could tell so many lies “He had a different story for every set of eyes “How could he remember who he’s talking to “‘Cause I know it isn’t me and I hope it isn’t you.” Young even changed the lyric for another Nixon song, “Campaigner,” to sing, “Even George Bush has got soul.” During the hard-grinding electric set, the stage was set up to look like an abandoned theater, with a random array of marquee lights dangling in the background. A man in a red sport coat and Panama hat portrayed an artist touching up paintings containing the titles of the songs Young and his backing band Crazy Horse performed, setting each canvas upon an easel to the side of the stage announcing each number. Again, Young strayed from the well-worn path of previous tours’ set lists, largely eschewing the hits in favor of nuggets not often heard in concert: “Cinnamon Girl” and “Tonight’s the Night” were the only staples from previous tours. Young reached back into his vast catalogue and unearthed “The Loner,” “Bad Fog of Loneliness,” “Winterlong” and “Oh Lonesome Me.” So it might seem something of a surprise that the evening’s highlight was an extended jam of a song from his latest album, “Chrome Dreams II.” (“Chrome Dreams” was the working title of a ’70s album that was never released.) On his new album, “No Hidden Path” runs 14 and a half minutes; with a number of extended fierce guitar solos, Young and his band may have gotten close to bringing the song in around 20 minutes. For a guy who will turn 62 in November, Young boasts an astonishing amount of energy, and he brought it Tuesday night. While concertgoers hoping to hear the hits may have been disappointed, fans who understand just how many great songs Young has written appreciated that he dug a little deeper into his vaults for material this time around. David Kronke, (818) 713-3638 [email protected] www.insidesocal.com/tv/ — Neil Young 8:15 p.m. Friday Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Ct. Tickets $257-$45 at Ticketmaster.com.