Crosby, Stills and Nash line up 2010 UK tour
Since their guest-starring role at last year’s Glastonbury (playing in proximity to, but sadly not alongside, their erstwhile fourth member Neil Young), this trio have been pounding the rock’n’roll comeback trail so favoured lately by bands of their generation. Hopefully they aren’t written off by those who weren’t there the first time around as a nostalgic anachronism, for the artful intent of their music still stands up well after all these years.
Just listen to Young’s plaintive ‘four dead in Ohio’ line from 1970s single ‘Ohio’, recorded in reaction to the Kent State shootings, to hear the ache of bitter disappointment as the last hopes of the flower children were crushed underfoot and a more disruptive militancy reasserted itself. Of course, not having Young to hand, they didn’t actually play that track at Glasto, but the spirit of those times rings through their songs, from the dreamlike ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’ to the blissful drop-out escape of ‘Marrakesh Express’.
Covers of tracks by The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, as well as Young and Stephen Stills’ old band Buffalo Springfield found their way into that festival set, bolstering the already impression songwriting combination of Stephen Stills, David Crosby (The Byrds) and Blackpool’s Graham Nash (The Hollies). CSN are, indeed, the only group whose members have been inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame with two bands each, and this show will be the perfect opportunity to hear three great songwriters of the 20th century at once. The only pity is that such sweet summertime music will have to be heard indoors.
SECC, Glasgow, Tue 6 Jul