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Ted Gocal's Review
Brad Hicks' Summary
(more reviews coming)
The show details.
Here are my memories of the Tampa show on Saturday...
Easily the best concert I've ever been to. Everyone was "on". Southern Man was about as perfect as it could get. Slowpoke too.
I had assumed Faith in Me would be in the setlist because of its Latin feel, and Tampa being a Latin-flavored town. It was. It was good, and Stephen had a lot of fun with it, but it didn't do much for me personally.
Almost Cut My Hair was a religious experience. I had tears in my eyes just because it sounded so good, and I was there to see it performed so well.
After the Goldrush was better in Tampa than on the VH1 Storytellers show, IMHO. Beautiful.
Also IMHO, Down By The River was the highest-energy song of the night, and the best jam. Neil & Stephen were close enough for their guitars to be making love to each other.
Rockin' In The Free World might be seen by some to have been higher-energy than DBTR, and it was excellent. I just felt that it was more "scripted". Designed to be an audience-pleasing anthem.
Lots of people! I got there at 6:15 and there were tons of people waiting for the doors to open. It was packed! Met Winking Waitress and T-Bone. I was honored (Seriously!). I dazzled WW with my lousy memory (you were right WW -- it WAS 1991 for the Orlando show, and it WAS the Ragged Glory tour...: )
The Subtle Things:
David kissed his guitar before handing it off to a roadie. I think it was after Long Time Gone.
During Rocking In The Free World, while Neil was wailing and shredding his strings, Stephen gave his guitar neck a gentle whack on an amp. I would have credited the resulting boom to Neil if I hadn't seen Stills do it.
After the best song of the night -- Down By The River -- Neil got in Stephen's face about something. He was reaming him out pretty good while the audience was still going nuts. Stills looked like a puppy that had just been whacked with a newspaper. Before starting the next song they were smiling at each other again. I will forever wonder what that was all about.
The video monitors were in the widescreen format. I predict it will make for a great DVD!
:-> Ted Gocal
The Tampa show has ended and CSN&Y did a tremendous job. This evening's show featured the normal set list with Down By the River and For What It's Worth back in the final set mix, with Rockin' In The Free World closing the final set. Long May You Run returned as this evening's encore....
I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend five shows on this tour thus far (LA, Anaheim, Houston, Dallas, Tampa) and would have to rate this evening's performance at or near the top. Although all of the shows have been high in energy, tonight's Tampa show had an even higher energy level and spark than some I have attended. I don't know if was Stephen Stills returning to his former home town, or just a good night for all four -- but it showed.
If anyone is thinking of doing a compilation disc of the 2000 CSN&Y Tour, they may want to consider including this evening's seventeen minute Down By the River and/or the fifteen minute Rockin' In the Free World -- they were spectacular. Larry Cragg is going to have some extra work to do this evening as Neil ripped most/all of the strings off of "Old Black" in the final jam/feedback of RITFW.
For those of you at the Ice Palace this evening, I hope you had nice time... From the comments overheard while leaving the arena this evening, I think everyone did.
(more reviews coming soon... --RE*AC*TOR)