Woodstock icons celebrate 40 year partnership with Summer tour.
Crosby, Stills and Nash played to a sold out crowd of nearly 3000 despite the threat of showers in Woodinville, Washington’s Chateau St. Michelle Winery Amphitheater, Friday June 6th, the fifth stop of their 39 date summer concert tour. David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, known as, CSN, supergroup and counter culture icons of 70’s, delivered a two set 90 minute show spanning their four decade career. Fans were treated to Woodstock era classics as well as hit songs from each of their respective solo careers.
Formed in 1968, when Nash was invited into the studio to hear Crosby and Stills then collaborating after the breakup of their respective bands, the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, Nash, then member of a British pop group the Hollies, spontaneously joined in singing a top harmony to a new Stills penned song “You Don’t Have to Cry.” The sound was magic. Critically acclaimed from their first release, CSN won the Grammy for “Best New Artist” in 1969, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Each of them stars in his own right, accomplished lead vocalists and songwriters, crafted a unique sound of guitar and piano, with intricate interlaced harmonies and counter melodies, the hallmark of their sound, unmatched by any other group in the industry. Socially conscious, their lyrics often politically charged, chronicling global social issues such as civil rights, nuclear power, and anti-war, became anthems of the boomer generation.
They are three together, still in love with the music and each other. The evening’s performance was punctuated with dry wit and humor reserved for the closest of friends. Nash poking fun at his partners after receiving a bouquet of flowers from a fan, pacing the stage and waving them about. Crosby noodling on guitar, abruptly interrupted by Nash chiming in with, “Bus stop, bus stop, please share my umbrella…” Crosby quipping back with, “We know your group had the most hits!” Looking better than he has in years, Stills remarked, ”I am no longer wearing my old fat suit.” Both he and Crosby achieved substantial weight loss. Crosby stated,” I lost 50 pounds.”
Stepping up to the mic, Crosby commented: “Don’t you think it should be illegal for a person to control nuclear weapons when he can’t pronounce the word nuclear?
Truly a spokesman for peace in an insane world of needless war, government mistrust and excess.
CSN delivered a solid 22 song performance, a mix of electric and wooden guitars, polished vocals to an exuberant crowd. Stephen Stills, master of tasty guitar solos, sang with his sweet yet scratch vocal, which made one think he may have been singing with a sore throat leaving Nash and Crosby carry the vocals on Wooden Ships. The crowd joined in on rousing sing-a-long of Teach your Children the encore. Definitely worth the price of admission.
Wasted on the Way
Long Time Gone
Isn’t it about Time
You Don’t Have to Cry
Lay Me Dkown
For What It’s Worth
Teach Your Children