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!
The show was awesome. My friend and I were waiting for Judy Blue Eyes too, but Long Time Gone and Deja Vu made up for it for me. I hadn't been to that venue since my first show ever back in 1999 when it was FLPAC...I don't know if I liked the new modernlook- lots of corrugated iron and prison-like towers on each side of the lawn- but we enjoyed the kettle korn and Blue Moon they had to offer. Did not disappoint for a first time CS&N showgoer!
I guess they didn't play "Love the One You're With"? No, I wasn't there but would have liked to have been. Thanks Dave Kane.
Not sure if you got my first message... Glad you heard a good show. Did they not play "Love the One You're With? And I'm curious what James Taylor song they performed. I wanted to go but I'm not made of money,you know. Thanks.
it doesn't let me!
Really surprised they did not play "Woodstock" -- how about Almost Cut My Hair --
However, when you have the catalog they do, something has to get dropped.