OK, maybe not ALL of us, but I would safely say that MOST of last night’s sold-out audience at the Wellmont Theater had been hanging out with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash (as well as their sometimes fourth band member, Neil Young) since their first album was released in 1969. The bulk of the audience had clearly “Been Here Before,” and the flashbacks of moments past were flying around the venue so thick that a sort of memory air traffic control might have been appropriate. But, in the spirit of the Baby Boomer generation, everyone’s personal deja vus mingled in a peaceful co-existence, as did the dancers, swayers, sing-alongers and screamers. But, while it was a concert that evoked a bygone era, the music was fresh, and the players were spot on.
The general consensus from Baristanet’s informal exit poll was that the guys have still got everything they ever had; exquisite and intricate harmonies, riveting musical phrasing, outstanding guitar playing (a special thank you goes to Stephen Stills), a bit of political commentary and a warm stage presence. Wooden Ships was a notable song, along with their encore, Suite Judy Blue Eyes, but really, everything that came from the stage last night was excellent. And the crowd was special, in a way that is worth noting. Hard to put a finger on it, but it definitely felt like hanging out with old friends who were all in great spirits and had a similar take on life. I guess when you’ve all been there before, that can happen.
CSN is at the Wellmont again tonight. Get there early if you can… maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the musicians before the show. And, if you’re not of the Boomer generation, go anyway to hear what is — without a doubt — one of the iconic American musical acts.
Here’s a video clip from a particularly charming sing-along moment of last night’s concert. Thanks to our reader Gail Prusslin for catching it.