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First Union Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 20, 2000

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The Confirmed Set List
    First Set
  1. Carry On
  2. Southern Man
  3. Stand And Be Counted
  4. Pre-Road Downs
  5. Heartland
  6. 49 Bye-Byes
  7. Slowpoke
  8. Marrakesh Express
  9. Faith In Me
  10. Almost Cut My Hair
  11. Cinnamon Girl
    Second Set
  12. Helplessly Hoping
  13. Our House
  14. Old Man
  15. Dream For Him
  16. Someday Soon
  17. Looking Forward
  18. After The Goldrush
  19. Guinnevere
  20. Out Of Control
  21. Seen Enough
  22. Teach Your Children
    [7th Inning Stretch]
  23. Woodstock
  24. Long Time Gone
  25. Ohio
  26. Love The One You're With
  27. Down By The River
  28. For What It's Worth
  29. Rockin' In The Free World

First Union Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 20, 2000

review by Too Far Gone

Great show. Neil was rocking and CS&N were very good. I can see how some may think Stills can get lazy but that won't happen with Neil coming over to his side of the stage during most songs to check on him. Seen Enough, (Neil's favorite Stills song of the last decade) was great. Neil had the Blue Notes sound thing going. Woodstock was outstanding.

Nash sang his songs and stayed out of the way. He has some good tunes. During Marrekesh Express (the train song from the first album) Neil yelled out "All aboard" like a conductor would.

Crosby has the look of a great man. "Songs, we have songs," he says. The dude gets into every song. Like Neil, the man was all over it. I would love to see David Crosby on stage as a member of Neil's band every time.

Neil was the man. I wasn't that close and I didn't have my glasses but from his body language I could tell he was in control. In some strange way I felt proud of Neil last night. Him doing this tour for the music, and having fun along the way. Like when Baltimore built Camden Yards. I went to the first game wanting to hate it. I love Memorial stadium, but Camden Yards is so fantastic. How could I not love it?

The band was great. Yes, I'd rather hear more Neil songs but what the hell. I'm going to say it.. I'd rather see Neil with this band than Craz.... Never mind!


First Union Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 20, 2000

notes by Graham Clews

What can I say: great show in Philly last night. Apart from Neil's & CSN's overall enthusiasm, the other thing that impressed me was Neil's lead guitar breaks -- he's playing with more control & complexity than I've ever heard him play live before. This seems to bring the standard of the whole band up as well. Stephen's guitar playing was also great, some of the guitar conversation between the two was brilliant.

Interesting points I noticed during the show:

  1. Stills seemed to be on much better form tonight, I immediately noticed his solos & vocals in the first set were much stronger, the only miscue was in 49 Bye-Byes. (They should definitely drop this or Woodstock in favour of No Tears Left.) Great version of Faith In Me.

  2. Marrakesh Express -- No "Train Station" intro, but Neil shouted "All aboard" conductor style in the chorus! Stills also pulled off the top harmony on the "All aboard the train" sections. It was a good version & one of the best received numbers of the show.

  3. Neil introduced Seen Enough by saying "Hey, listen, this is my favorite Stills song of the last decade". And a great version followed. Neil tearing up on old Black, and Stills replied with a good acoustic solo at the end. This song and Looking Forward were the best received songs from Looking Forwar. Stills just seems to raise his game for the new songs -- he obviously enjoys playing them more than the older stuff.

  4. There was another false start on Cinnamon Girl it started too slow again, Neil jumped up and down in front of Keltner to demonstrate how fast he wanted to play it, then they started over. Much faster!

  5. They finished with a killer version of RITFW, following great versions of DBTR and FWIW. But no Eight Miles High or Long May You Run? I had been looking forward to hearing both of those tunes! Oh well...

  6. I heard on a local radio station on the way to the show that this was one of "only 4 cities being filmed professionally for the tour video"?
If that's the case I would like to bet that they'll use some of the footage from this show's acoustic set: Old Man was flawless, with great vocal harmonies. In fact the whole acoustic segment was great. They should have filmed the VH1 Storytellers towards the end of the tour, the acoustic set was just on a higher level last night. It was actually dominated, I have to say, by some great playing by Stills. After one rush of flamenco in Some Day Soon, Croz looked across & grinned at Stephen -- knowing that we are now seeing the quality of playing that Stills is capable of. (I think he was rusty earlier in the tour -- he mentioned in an interview that he doesn't like long breaks between touring.)

All in all, a top class show, (I haven't had time to mention Graham & Croz but their performance was great also, even faultless. A real group effort.)

Glad I flew over from the U.K. to see them!

(more reviews coming soon... --RE*AC*TOR)