Ya know, there are few things as enjoyable as going to a show at the amphitheatre in Canandaigua. A beautiful Spring evening, the rolling green hills of the campus, and the warm, fuzzy, nostalgia that accompanies a CSN show. It was a really good show. The 3 grizzled Veterans of the Cosmic Wars ambled out on stage (Crosby & Stills looking a little more grizzled than Nash) and started the show with a very quiet and tasty selection of acoustic songs. They opened with "Helplessly Hoping" and "You Don't Have To Cry" before they they launched into a 4 song tribute to "some people they like," which were the ROLLING STONES (Ruby Tuesday!), JAMES TAYLOR, TIM HARDIN, AND BOB DYLAN. Very nice indeed. After that came all of the time-tested favorites: "Long Time Gone," "Southern Cross" (excellent!), "Wooden Ships," "Our House," "Guinnevere" (AWESOME!), "Deja Vu" (again, AWESOME!) BUFALO SPRINGFIELD songs-"For What It's Worth" & "Bluebird." The singalong encore of "Teach Your Children" was nice. Noticeably missing (and missed!) was "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes. No matter as there was plenty enough to groove on. Besides, that's a tough song to do and I think that if they thought they couldn't make it worthwhile, then it was probably best. The 3 men can still harmonize bee-yoo-tifully! Granted, there's not as much power behind the voices and the songs are sung in a somewhat lower and gentler register, but they still blend those beautiful and distinct voices together like no other performers. Made the little hairs on my neck stand up. Just excellent. Steven Stills has long been considered a most talented guitarist. He still is. Without a doubt. He made his Stratocaster wail. He attacked it in solos like he was beating off a swarm of angry hornets. The crowd (median age of at least 45, I'd say) loved every minute of it. So did I.
Where you there? What'd you think of the show? Feel free to comment!