Friday, August 3, 2012

Crosby, Stills and Nash at Fox Theatre, 8/2/12: Review and Setlist

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The surprise of the night came inauspicoulsy. For the most part, the band had shuffled through the same setlists for the shows on this tour, but last night Nash advised they had pulled an audible. "We asked Stephen if he'd play this one and he agreed. We haven't done this one in twenty years," Nash exclaims. The strains of "Find the Cost of Freedom" fit the mellow acoustic mood perfectly and pulled together the politically charged vibe of the second half of the show. While not a perfect performance vocally from Stills, the special quality of hearing such a rare treat and symbolism of the song was not lost on the crowd and resonated with so much at stake in an election year.

Bringing the mood of back up slowly with three Nash songs in a row - the powerful "Cathedral," the politically charged "Military Madness," and the homespun classic,"Our House" - the show neared its rock climax. Crosby's rocker "Almost Cut My Hair" featured bluesy guitar theatrics from Stills that thrilled those watching in their seats, while a stretched out "Wooden Ships" brought the main set to a close with a slow burn.

The anthemic "Teach Your Children" opened the encore and roused the audience to it's feet to sing-a-long. After a long round of applause and a mini-meeting on stage with the three principals, the three settled on what still remains as their defining hit over 40 years later, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," to end the show. Fully warmed up, Stills provided the guitar accompaniment and flashes of greatness on his lead vocal as Crosby and Nash added their beautiful respective mid and high harmonies. The band filtered back on stage to back them up just in time for the crowd to sing along with the "Do-do-do-do-do" part at the end and wrap up the evening perfectly.

While the setlist, including twelve songs from the first two classic records, stayed safely within the confines of what the audience came to see, Crosby, Stills and Nash made certain to include enough surprises and excellent performances to send the crowd home satisfied.

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias:: My favorite member of the group has always been David Crosby for his amazing voice, stand-out songwriting, strong opinions and his work with the Byrds.

Overheard: "I think Stephen Stills has lost his voice." - random fan during intermission

Random Detail: At the merch table you could purchase a Crosby, Stills and Nash beach towel for the low price of only $65.

Setlist: Carry On/Questions Immigration Man (Graham Nash) Long Time Gone Just a Song Before I Go Southern Cross Lay Me Down (Crosby & Nash) Radio (new song written by Crosby/Raymond) Marrakesh Express Almost Gone (The Ballad of Bradley Manning) Bluebird (Buffalo Springfield) Déjà Vu Woodstock Intermission Helplessly Hoping In Your Name (Graham Nash) Girl From the North Country (Bob Dylan) Guinnevere Find The Cost of Freedom Cathedral Military Madness (Graham Nash) Our House Almost Cut My Hair Wooden Ships Encore: Teach Your Children Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

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