Crosby, Stills Sightings in Montclair

The iconic folk-rock band Crosby, Stills and Nash are in town for a two-night gig at the Wellmont, and photographer Michael Stahl snapped a few shots before tonight’s concert, and saw Stills and entourage going into Mondo for dinner. Above, Crosby. Below, Stills.

Tickets are still available for tomorrow night’s show. Boomers, are you going?

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  1. Once, long, long ago in the Buffalo Springfield days, I interviewed Stills for about 10 minutes. Then, about 17-18 years ago, saw him standing in the West 20’s outside the club where he was playing that night. He was truly already blotto around 3PM.

    Still, rocking boozily on his boot heels, he told me “You look very familiar.” And he then cordially invited me inside the club for another drink (which was probably the last thing he needed at that point) to discuss where he “knew” me from. I declined but found his apparent memory retention amusing and impressive and his hospitality first-rate.

    But the fabled harmonies of CS&N, the one time I actually saw them perform, were ragged and wildly off key. The “legend” is clearly always printed about this group, to sort of cop from John Ford and the last scene of “Fort Apache,” because the reality is much, much harsh. And does neither them nor 60’s burnouts and deluded nostalgists for the period much credit.

  2. I’ll definitely be there tomorrow. I saw David Crosby and Graham Nash a little over a year ago in Asbury. Unlike Cathar’s experience, they were astounding. Their vocals and harmonies were super tight and spot-on. I can’t wait to see them with Stephen Stills and maybe hear some Suite Judy Blue Eyes!

  3. I had low expectations when I took my family to see them at Tanglewood on a beautiful night. I figured that, at this stage in their careers, they would simply be phoning in their show. I was surprised at how good and energetic they were, particularly David Crosby, who performed with commitment, and played acoustic guitar beautifully.

  4. Should have edited before I posted. Meant to say “……at Tanglewood on a beautiful night two summers ago.”

  5. I saw them at the Beacon in NYC in 2005 and with Neil Young at the Meadowlands in 2000. I’m an Xer, not a Boomer. 😀

  6. Herbe, I’ll very likely be there. You’ll likely recognize me: sixty-ish, bebeareded and bespectacled and probably proudly wearing a NJ Blue Wave t-shirt. Wish Neil Young were going to be playing as well. Anyhow, with a recommendation like that from Cathar, how could I not be there?

  7. I once saw Crosby solo (well, with that son he “discovered” relatively late in life he’d had) at the Stone Pony. Not too good, way too fond if simple blues progressions in his songs.

    It’s amazing that the best and most relevant singer from the Byrds has turned 0ut to be (given that Gene Clark is deceased and was basically non-functional for so many years previous) Chris Hillman. Clearly someone with some genuine perspective about the 60’s and what it all meant in the end, too, unlike David Crosby.

  8. I saw McGuinn, Clark and Hillman at the Capitol Theater back in the day. It’s when they had the song Don’t You Write her Off. I recall Roger doing the concert on roller-skates which seemed odd. Not my type of music but got a free ticket and went. Herb was all Jam, Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith, Buzzcocks and WLIR radio at the time.

  9. Chris Hillman is a great talent, and, I imagine, a steadying influence for bands that contain more volatile personalities; i.e. Crosby and McGuinn in the Byrds, Gram Parsons in the Flying Burrito Brothers, Steven Stills in Manassas. He’s been involved in a very impressive array of bands, including the Desert Rose Band, which he led.

    I think that Graham Nash has that kind of steadiness too. I can’t imagine CS&N staying together over the years without him.

    Gene Clark was such a talent. He wrote many great songs during his tenure with The Byrds. My favorite among those tunes is “The World Turns All Around Her”. (We played it a few years ago in now-defunct local band of mine.) The post-Parsons Burritos did a nice version of another of his tunes, “Tried So Hard”. Chris Hillman sang lead on the recording.

  10. They are astoundingly good. Saw them last night. Stills is a guitar legend and he doesn’t disappoint. His vocals are a bit ragged at this point but you have to cut him some slack on that front. Stills is great but please put some shoes on. Crosby is off the charts great. Not sure how some guy who has partied as hardy as he has pver the years as has not lost anything, but he hasn’t lost anything. His voice is better today that when he was a kid at Woodstock. Some of the new stuff is ok, but they have 20 songs that will have the hair standing up on the back of your neck. They must really like performing bc I can’t believe they need the money at this point. One of those shows where you could walk out after 2 songs I feel like you got your money’s worth.
    Every once in a while I have to pinch myself when I think how lucky we are in baristaville to have shows like this in our own backyard.

  11. I saw CSN in 2003/4 ish at the arts center down the parkway. It was one of the best concerts I’ve been to. The sound system was tuned perfectly and they were all in fine fettle. It’s good to see that they are still actively touring and making music even as they become ‘senior citizens’.

    That night, David Crosby stepped up to the mic with one lone spot on him. The crowd was really quiet in anticipation. He began, what I believe to be, one of the most beautiful songs ever written, “Guinevere”, all by himself, in that spot, without a single mistake or missed note. He and Graham sounded surreal, otherwordly. I’ll never forget that song or that moment.

  12. Crosby has a real gift. In a day and age where “singers” get up and sing to multiple tracks, engancers, dub machines, hidden singers behind a stage, etc., he is a real singer. I’d put him in the same realm with Art Garefunkel. I’d bet 99.9% of the working singers today couldn’t in a milion years walk up to a mike and sing like he does.

  13. Saw the show last night – or about 2/3s of it. Music was good, Two out of three voices sounded good (although they get a lot of help from 4 of the 5 back up musicians to fill it out.) but I will not go to another show at the Wellmont until they sort out the seating.

    We bought tickets that were labeled as “orchestra” but which were up under the balcony on a flat area. Ergo the only way to see the stage was between the heads of the people in front and the people in front of them. Folks would get up to cheer or dance and that hid the stage completely. People should be able to do that without ruining your good time.

    And this was the second show we’ve been to in a row where people near us came in drunk and ended up fighting with other patrons and with the ushers. OK, it is a rock and roll show. I get it. (And the Wellmont security guys are great.) But when you pay $125 a ticket you expect a bit more.

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