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Warren Hanbury's Early Impressions
Nick Zinobile's Review
(more reviews coming)
The show details.
A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pre-show story.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review.
Just got home from the Pittsburgh Show. It was absolutely fabulous to say the least! The set list definitely varied from the Charlotte show.
A quote from Neil to the Pittsburgh audience "You know, when I was riding in here today in my bus and we got to Pittsburgh, I started staring out the window along the rivers with all the train tracks and the trains passing by the river. I have to tell you, it was a beautiful site."
All four were at their best and came on very strong with Teach Your Children and Almost Cut My Hair. Not to mention the absolutely best I've seen Ohio -- and I've seen a lot of shows. But Neil definitely stole the show with Southern Man, and After The Gold Rush, which was played on Neil's organ.
Yes, they did play Down By The River. Neil took the roof off the place for what seemed to be 20 minutes with it! There wasn't a real encore at this show -- it ended with Rockin' In The Free World. Believe me, the performance was so great it didn't need one!
I had floor seats a few rows back from the stage with a completely perfect view of this spectacular concert. Crosby Stills Nash and Young came to Pittsburgh Pa to ROCK, and that they did!
Where to start? Stills was definitely on tonight, as they did 49 Bye-Byes without a hitch. Croz burned down the house with Almost Cut My Hair. And Nash, God bless him, you could tell was having a really great time with Marrakesh and Heartland.
Then there was Neil... He played with a ferocity that I had only heard before, from bootleg recordings. But to SEE him! The jam at the tail-end of a terrific Cinnamon Girl capped off the first set, and was a high point of the show. Old Man sounded better than I could have imagined -- being harmonized -- and After the Goldrush was DEEP, man.
But it was Down By the River in and of itself that made admission costs worth the price. Clocking in at what felt like 16 minutes or so, it was THE high point of the show. Stills and Young had an extended guitar duel that was amazing, and Neil kept repeating "Be on my side" and everyone in the arena answered him with a solid "I'll be on your side". He did this about 15 times. Awesome.
The "encore" was For What It's Worth and went right into Rockin' In The Free World, where Neil dueled not only with Stills but with Croz a little at the end. Neil was so into it that the strings just flew off Old Black by the end. As Rustie Randy told me: "He was in the zone tonight". Indeed.
Well, there are about a million other things I would like to write about this concert, but I am exhausted. Hope the rest of the tour sounds as good as tonight, and all the rest of you waiting to hear them are as deeply satisfied as I.
who's seeing eyes in the crack in the floor
(more reviews coming soon... --RE*AC*TOR)