Crosby, Stills, Nash kick off tour at Chaifetz
By Daniel Durchholz
SPECIAL TO THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Forty years after the release of their debut album, Crosby, Stills & Nash opened their latest world tour at Chaifetz Arena Wednesday night. They spent much of the two-hours-plus show looking back over their long career. But they looked forward as well, performing a number of songs from a forthcoming album of cover tunes they're working on with producer Rick Rubin.
As you'd expect, the veteran performers displayed no opening night jitters, but the first set did have some pacing problems the trio might want to address.
After opening with Stills' "Helplessly Hoping," Nash said they wanted to experiment and sing "a set of songs we wish we'd written." What followed were versions of James Taylor's "Close Your Eyes," Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe" and the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday." Each one offered an interesting, albeit less than radical take on the original.
But it might have been wise to push them a little further back in the set. The crowd, which filled about three-quarters of the venue, was very enthusiastic, and the cover tunes seemed to set them back on their heels.
"Guinnevere" righted things, though, as Crosby and Nash's harmonies recalled their magical show last November at the Sheldon. Nash remains the trio's lynchpin, thanks to his continued support of his sometimes wayward partners. Crosby seems returned to health and happiness, though he is a surprisingly stoic presence onstage these days. Stills has been the weakest link in recent years, and while his vocals are sometimes shaky, he offered a commanding performance on guitar Wednesday night.
The rest of the evening offered more covers, including Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country," the Grateful Dead's "Uncle John's Band" and Jackson Browne's "Lives in the Balance."
But the show's highlights were almost all provided by classic original tunes like Nash's "Our House" and gorgeous, slow-burning versions of Crosby's "Long Time Gone" and "Déjà Vu."
Stills, meanwhile, dug into the Buffalo Springfield catalog for "Rock and Roll Woman," "For What It's Worth" and "Bluebird."
The crowd, which sang along loudly whenever prompted, actually rushed the stage during an encore, which was quite a sight. Given the, um, maturity of the audience members and the performers themselves, that alone made CSN's tour kickoff a major success.
"Close Your Eyes"
"Reason to Believe"
"Girl from the North Country"
"Dream for Him"
"In Your Name"
"Uncle John's Band"
"Rock & Roll Woman"
"Long Time Gone"
"Orleans / Cathedral"
"Wounded World/Rocky Mountain Way"
"Lives in the Balance"
"For What It's Worth"
"Teach Your Children"
Very nice !
Electric with a band? or acoustic? Just the 3 of them?
CSN "Uncle Johns Band"
well, I'm in for jones beach at $24.99 exactly...