C S N Y
Tour Of America
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James Rust's early report
(more reviews coming)
The show details.
A Toronto Sun review.
A Toronto Star review.
Just got back from T.O. and all I can say is what a show! I didn't write down the setlist, but it looks similar to the first few shows, except for a nice rendidition of Down By The River!
The boys were having a blast. Neil talked more than I've seen him do in a long time. Near the beginning of the show, he went into a rambling monologue that went something like "we do a new song, and it sounds really good, then we do an old song and it sounds really good too, and sometimes you wish that the old song could sound like the new song, and it does..." or words to that effect. Neil went on this way for the best part of a minute, at which point someone jokingly noticed how out of character this was for him, and Neil promised not to say anything for the rest of the tour (smiles and laughs all round). This was followed by a spontaneous standing ovation. You could see the boys light up, and this led to what turned out to be an inspired evening.
Neil had another chatty moment later, but I can't remember what he said. I think we got a "How are ya tonight?" instead of the usual "howya doin'".
Old Black is back, front and centre on many tunes. It was Neil's amplified axe of choice tonight!
Stills looked like he may be having difficulties. During SJBE he took off to stage rear for a sip of liquid, leaving Nash and Crosby hanging while he drank and one handedly noodled the fretboard. Upon returning to centre stage, he inhaled and exhaled hard before resuming. He seemed to be hurting. I worry about his health, a large aging man exerting himself for hours a night. Maybe Neil should get him to the gym. Still, Stills' centre-stage single-spotlighted Suite solo was simply spectacular, stellar, stupendous!
At show start, Stephen held up a magic markered sign reading "You wuz robbed!" in reference to Canada's being jobbed out of an Olympic figure skating gold medal. He held it up again at show end.
During RITFW the wash on the backdrop was two red bars with white in between. I understand a similar red white blue wash was used previously, so that was a nice nod to us Canucks.
Audience was into it! It seems the hand sitting Toronto days are a thing of the past.
Show length: slightly over 3 hours, maybe 3:20 or so.
I noticed a sign displaying CSNY "house rules" (no recorders etc) said "no non-disposable cameras". So it looks like disposable cameras are cool with CSNY...
No plastic bottles allowed at the request of the band? My water was poured into a waxed cup (plastic bottle + cup for the ozone layer)?!?
Short sleeved t-shirts $40 CDN. 2 that caught my eye were a purple-brown Deja Vu album art inspired job, as well as the old CSN shirt with the sailboat updated to CSNY (same Wooden Ships verse on the front).
So there are a few random thoughts for you... I'm sure others will fill you in in more detail.
I would love to hear these guys playing a month from now. If show #4 is any indication, this tour will evolve into something even more spectacular than what I saw and heard tonight.
Now for a few hours sleep, and it's back down the road for Toronto show #2. We can't wait! It may sound cliche, but if you are seeing CSNY this tour, you will be amazed! Maybe even more so than last time around...
(more reviews coming...)