C S N Y
Tour Of America
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The show got off with a bang -- Stephen Stills brought out his sign saying, “You waz robbed.” Then they broke into Carry On.
I was very impressed with Feed The People. I believe it is the first song since 1972 written by Stephen Stills that I liked.
I was a bit disappointed by David Crosby, his voice was incredible, as was his guitar playing -- but unfortunately, he did not play many of his own songs. Crosby’s performance of Carry Me was mind blowing. He quickly followed up with Dream For Him, one of my favourites from Looking Forward.
The highlight of the evening was the entire stadium singing Harvest Moon. One thing that I missed was seeing Young performing Helpless. I don’t know why, but I think that songs needs to be played when he’s in Ontario.
Simply put: the seven of them were really tight and played a great show.
Even though Neil's official stance is that he's just a member of the group, I think his nature drives him toward a leadership roll...
Witness Rockin' In The Free World (with the back screen lighting a wash of two red bars bordering white), near the song's conclusion, when Neil prowls over to Stills, backs him into a corner, and exhorts Stills to rise to the challenge. I will not forget the look of abject fear on Stephen's face as he stared at Neil, mouth agape, jaw dropped, eyes wide open, until Neil gives up, throws his head, loses his hat, spins around, stomps back to centre stage, and mightily hoofs one of the set lists toward stage front. A few Neil bobs gave us a great memory of the now internationally famous fringe! After another run through of the chorus, Neil's right back over to Stephen, but this time Stills meets Young's gaze with determination, and he did... something. Neil bobs in relief toward Stephen, then goes into a fine song closing feedback grind. Watch for this Stills/Young scenario to develop further as the tour progresses.
Stills was in much better form tonight. At no time did he seem winded or incoherent. The general consensus locally was that he must have been loaded for the first show. His spoken words were slurred, and his manor was laboured. Hey, why not? First night in town, the boys were probably out having a good time. This might even explain Neil's "old song vs. new song" ramble! Stills did mention early on how much he loves it in Toronto, and what a great time he is having. "If it weren't so damn cold, I'd never leave!" Something else about coming back in the summer, "when it's warm."
During I Used To Be A King Neil approached "The Zone(tm)". A fantastical grumbling undercurrent. I popped to my feet and wildly hooted my appreciation. I think I was the only one standing for yards around.
Next, Southern Man -- during which Neil solidly entered The Zone. This time the whole joint was on their feet and screaming maniacally. I think Zone moments will increase exponentially during the tour. They were certainly more prevalent tonight than last night. Old Black is back indeed!
Now for Eight Miles High... This puppy needs some work. If I wasn't expecting it, I never would have recognized it. A jumbled mishmash of chords and harmonies. Neil tried to save it by going into a... a... a something. Not sure what, but it was cool. Perhaps that will develop into something entirely new. (Not too too good, kinda like the old songs that sound really new, but different in their own way, but still really good, like the new old good stuff.)
And how about Neil's attire? A sleek black trouser and jacket number, topped with a fedora. All about class, all cool.
So that's it for my two shows, we had a great time. Nice to hear first timers bantering in the crowd about how great, how awesome, how amazing, how fantastic how "insert your superlative here" these shows were. "It was great that you got these tickets Joe! Thanks."
And to that young guy just in front of me who brought his initially disinterested equally young girlfriend to last night's show, Happy Valentine's Day Dude!
Thank you to the forlorn CSNY-missing DJ on Toronto's Q107 for the hour long NY/CSN/CSNY music set just after show closing. No, I tried closing my eyes, but it wasn't just like being there. (Close though...)
Bye for now, as our CSNY 2002 is over. Enjoy yourselves, you lucky, lucky sons of bitches!!!!! ;-)
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