Sunday, June 14, 2009

Concert Review: MGM Grand Welcomes Crosby, Stills & Nash

Performing together for over four decades can become a daunting task. But, Crosby, Stills and Nash have risen to the challenge. The trio’s perfect harmonizing had become a staple in the history of folk rock music and on Saturday night, they would bring their voices to the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods.

Their 100-minute set would cover most of their debut album (1969’s Crosby, Stills & Nash) with full band versions of “Marrakesh Express” and “Long Time Gone”. The latter featured one of numerous guitar solos by Stephen Stills that would make Neil Young jealous. Stills would command the spotlight on guitar solos for the Buffalo Springfield songs “Rock & Roll Woman” and “For What Its Worth”. The trio’s voices would need time to warm up before humming like a well-oiled machine. The beginning songs “Helplessly Hoping” and “You Don’t Have To Cry” would suffer slightly before diving into a batch of cover songs from their upcoming album. Crosby, Stills and Nash would breathe new life into these covers songs (Ruby Tuesday, Close Your Eyes, Girl From The North Country) as their voices meshed perfectly together.

An acoustically quiet version of “Guinnevere” would bring David Crosby into the spotlight as he took over the vocal duties. The trio seemed to hit their stride on a full band Grateful Dead classic “Uncle John’s Band” which sounded like it was written for them to cover. A sloppy “Déjà vu” provided the audience a glimpse of CSN’s backing band with organ, piano and bass solos. An all-too-quick “Just A Song Before I Go” would set-up the requested “Almost Cut My Hair”. The bluesy version of the song would once again give David Crosby the spotlight before Stephen Stills’ solo took over. The audience would finally come alive, singing the chorus to CSN’s 1982 hit “Southern Cross”.

Their returning encore would capitalize on today’s events with a masterful performance of the anti-war song, “Wooden Ships”. Exiting the stage, Graham Nash would flash the peace sign only to return with his band mates for the closing sing-a-long “Teach Your Children”. Bowing arm-in-arm would signal the end of evening for these harmonizing legends. With a recently released demos album and a Rick Rubin produced covers project on the way, Crosby, Stills and Nash show no signs of slowing down after forty years.

Coming soon to the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods is Earth, Wind & Fire with Chicago on June 19, Tower of Power on June 21 and Jackson Browne in July. For ticket information on these shows and more visit

Helplessly Hoping
You Don't Have To Cry
Ruby Tuesday
Close Your Eyes
Girl From The North Country
Marrakesh Express
Uncle John's Band
Long Time Gone
Rock And Roll Woman
Deja Vu
Just A Song Before I Go
Almost Cut My Hair
Southern Cross
For What It’s Worth
Wooden Ships
Teach Your Children

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