Crosby, Stills & Nash

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Crosby, Stills & Nash

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Posted: 17 Oct 2013

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH

 

The Sage, Hall One

Tuesday October 15th.

 

 

 Seeing a band who starred at Woodstock may seem like a night for nostalgia buffs but while the classic material is considered ‘classic’ for a reason there was plenty of high quality new stuff too, ‘New songs – stops us from being The Eagles’ quipped Graham Nash. Described by David Crosby as ‘My favourite song in the set’ ‘Burning for the Buddah’ was a new piece that amply illustrated CSN’s trademark political edge as they sang with passion about the current spate of suicides by burning carried out by Tibetan monks.

 In a concert of over two and a half hours there was scope for both the new and old, one or two elongated numbers lasting as long as some support acts get for their entire set. The crowd pleasers were there: ‘Marrakesh Express’ three songs in, ‘Love the One You’re With’,  ‘Guinnevere’, ‘Our House’ and ‘Teach Your Children’ with more to come.

 Crosby’s voice remains powerful and blends as well as it ever did with that of Nash, the consummate professional. Stills’ voice however has deteriorated to the point where he can be painful to listen to at times, though he remains one of the world’s greatest guitarists as well as the composer of some of CSN’s very best songs including the roof raising encore, ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.’ Following a pulsating ‘Wooden Ships,’ indeed the evening did climax with two numbers that appear on the original Woodstock album.

 It was a great evening, one I enjoyed as much as any gig I’ve been to for the last couple of years but as always with CSN it was a gig that looked to the future as well as the past.

           

Rob Mason

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