Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
San Jose Arena
San Jose, CA
February 4, 2000
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young made their first of three San Francisco Bay Area appearances last night at the San Jose Arena. This was an extremely rare event to witness, as they have not toured together for a long time, and nobody knows if they will ever tour again. Hopefully, this tour will never end and the music will never stop. I personally feel that they sound as terrific as ever, vocal harmonies and instrumental abilities in their peak. They have certainly got their heads together, and all looked very healthy and happy. The music was absolutely scrumptious, both new and old material--these guys have still got the magic!! It looked like they were having a ball up there on stage. I think there must have been some old familiar faces in the crowd that added a little zest to the show, as the bay area is still home to many of the freaks (self included) of yesteryear.
The show opened with "Carry On" and "Southern Man," and Crosby was playing a vintage 1950's electric guitar that needs its own counterpart amplifier to play. Crosby only brings it out when he plays with Stills and Nash, and in this case Neil Young. That old guitar sounds great too, but, of course Neil stole everybody's attention with his rippin' leads on "Southern Man." David Crosby stepped up to the microphone, took over with a graceful smile and sang "Stand and Be Counted." Followed by the friendly voice of Graham Nash singing "Pre-Road Dawns" and one of the new songs, "Heartland," which is the title track from the latest release by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Stephen Stills kicked out "49 Reasons" as Neil blew harmonica and jammed on his Brace acoustic guitar. Neil kept on blowing harp and slipped in a "Slowpoke," which was followed by an embracement of musical delight with "Marakesh Express."
Then it went from a real high energy buzz to a mellow mood real quick with Stills doing the lead vocals for "Faith In Me." I believe that's because the band wanted it to be really quite when Crosby leaned up to the microphone and just belted out "Almost Cut My Hair," a song that could certainly be considered a hippie national anthem. By the end of the song, I'm sure the crowd was in awe and David had broken a guitar string while letting his freak flag fly. Needless to say, I think everybody was quite happy with the performance so far; and just then Neil Young leaped into action with "Cinnamon Girl." Most of the crowd bolted up out of their seats and found themselves in a craze of familiar motion driven by the electric audio of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
The crowd was expectantly awaiting the second set and all surely "Helplessly Hoping" to hear a beautiful harmony. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young sang "Our House" to satisfy this collective of musical thirst. We all drank heavy from the bottle of their music and came to hear that "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." Neil played his favorite old beat up piano for this one and just sounded great on lead vocals. David Crosby took the lead on "Dream for Him" while Stephen Stills played bass guitar. An acoustic guitar rally followed as they all sang "Someday Soon" and "Looking Forward." Neil Young then walked around to the back of the stage and sat down behind an organ to sing "After The Gold Rush," he replaced the words to fit the times and sang, "Look at Mother Nature on the run in the twenty first century." This really turned the crowd on, clearly evident from the vibrant scream that echoed through the concert hall. There was some laughter and commotion on stage, and then David Crosby smiled and said "Songs, we got 'em" just before he sang the always lovely "Guinivere." Neil took the lead vocals for a new tune "Out of Control" and then Stephen Stills grabbed center stage to sing another one of their new songs entitled "Seen Enough." This was a great new song, it had a very satirical nature and threw out many of today's themes in quick little funny blurbs. I was completely cracking up during most of this song, and the rest of the audience seemed to enjoy it a lot too. The real crowd pleaser came next as C,S,N, & Y closed out their second set with the timeless message that this band first sang to us many years ago, "Teach Your Children."
The night had already been long, and it was time for a break before the encore. The big electronic screen displayed the call for a seventh inning stretch followed by "Take Me Out To the Ball Game" blaring from out of the speakers. Stephen Stills came out with his flying V guitar in hand, accompanied by Neil and David who grabbed their electric guitars and Graham reached for a tambourine. They hit the stage amidst the roar of the fans ripping right into "Woodstock" and they just completely tore it up. Hearing this one left the crowd with jaws dropped, and I'm sure that everyone felt that these guys have been more than a "Long Time Gone." Neil decided it was time for another display of his talented showmanship as they absolutely shredded down one of their most famous collaborations. This was, of course, "Ohio," and the band backed him on acoustic guitars as he demonstrated the meaning and purpose of the electric guitar for all present.
These famous songs that still speak for a generation also hold much meaning, to say the least, and "For What It's Worth," came next. I'm sure we all were plenty content to head home by this time. But, the hits just kept on coming, never would a Neil be complete without the utter pleasure of dancing "Down By The River." For those in the crowd that expected a relaxed sit down show, they all received one more kick down with a very pleasant "Love the One You're With," which was followed by a far from mellow "Rocking In The Free World." The backdrop was lit up in red, white, and blue to represent our "Free world." Patriotic Americans is us hippies, and don't you forget that. Next, came a song that Neil wrote for his first car and his first girlfriend; we all know it as "Long May You Run." It was a fitting way to end the show. Neil Young and Stephen Stills were playing these identical white electric guitars and they met each other in the middle of the stage for a little medley of dual lead jamming.
This was the picture in my mind as I left the arena, and even as I remember the show to this moment. Young and Stills in the middle of it all, the spotlights glinting off their shiny white guitars as the sound reverberated the walls. Wielding their axes in a show of mastery for all to enjoy, as they looked at each other with these gleaming smiles that displayed an ancient camaraderie. It surely left a quite a picture in my mind. Thanks for reading, and we'll see ya at the shows.
COUNTING CROWS DEF LEPPARD CHER THE OTHER ONES AEROSMITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS PAUL McCARTNEY SANTANA SHERYL CROW TESLA JAY-Z AND 311 OZZFEST 2000 OZZFEST 2001 OZZFEST 2002 DAVID BOWIE AND MOBY AT AREA2 THE WHO JACKSON
PAPA ROACH, P.O.D.,CYPRESS HILL, & ROB ZOMBIE MORNING SPRING RAIN FESTIVAL JUNE 2002 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND MIDNIGHT OIL MT. AIRE 2002 BIG HEAD TODD CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG BUSH AND DEFAULT INCUBUS BLUES TRAVELER LINKIN PARK IN
BRYAN ADAMS AT THE FILLMORE LINKIN PARK & P.O.D. CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
FUEL & SALIVA AEROSMITH 2002 STEVIE NICKS THE
AEROSMITH 2001 BLINK 182 THE STRINGCHEESE INCIDENT OZZFEST 2001 BAD COMPANY LINKIN PARK OZZFEST 2000 MARILYN
MEGADETH TED NUGENT
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2000-2001
THIRD EYE BLINDSUMMER
YES THE FURTHUR FESTIVAL 2000 THE B.B. KING
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT JOE WALSH
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH, AND YOUNGREUNION TOUR 2000 NYE
WITH THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
MILLENIUM TOUR 2000
ZZ TOP & LYNYRD SKYNYRD TOM PETTY
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