Posted by: preacherjean | July 14, 2008

Crosby, Stills, & Nash

This may be a bit off topic, but Michael and I went to see Crosby, Stills, & Nash last Friday and they were FABULOUS!  Pretty darn good for a bunch of old guys!  I loved the fact that they played lots of their old faves for the fans, along with some new things (including a beautiful song written by David Crosby’s son, James Raymond, who is the band’s keyboard player).  They did a lot of hot improv, too, so it didn’t sound like a tired old-guy redux of their greatest hits.  They ended the first half with a bring-em-to-their-feet rendition of Southern Cross (one of my all-time favorite songs)

I know from voices.  I’m a singer.  And I have to say, these three guys were in spendid voice!  You would expect Graham Nash’s voice to have held up, because he was the least rocky of the three, but Stills’ and especially Crosby’s voices were incredible.  The harmonies were all one could hope for (well, there was a slight train wreck during an acoustic version of You Don’t Have to Cry, but they fixed it the next time the chorus came around).

They did one encore, a CSN version of Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth, then appeared to be done for the night (though the crowd wasn’t).  I don’t know if that was just a foolie, but as Stills and Nash walked off stage with the rest of the band, Crosby stood in the middle of the stage demanding that they come back and do one more.  Finally they relented and did Teach Your Children (which inclines me to think it was just a foolie or they would have done TYC earlier).  From time to time during the whole concert, and for all of TYC, they lit up the audience and encouraged them to sing along.  Normally I don’t approve of that, but since they did it on songs that I wanted to sing on anyway, I didn’t mind so much.  And they didn’t overdo it.

All in all, it was a great night.  They seemed to be having a blast, and I DID have a blast!  AND we had free parking!


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