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  1. A terrific review. For those of us younger, but who can see that time of life approaching, it’s a great boost to see and hear someone not just able to get by, but to exceed things he’s done in the past. That most recent album was a surprise, a pleasant surprise…….

  2. This is a very accurate review, and depiction of the show in NYC. i sat in the first row, and can say that I was shocked at the show, the musicianship, and the mix/capabilities of this mature icon of a performer. I was also sad at his political sermon, which does nothing but tarnish the night. Not agreeing or disagreeing, but interrupting such an otherwise awesome performance, using the power of the microphone in a careless way. The person who yelled out was right behind me, and totally correct “without a microphone” to voice their opinion as he was his. In summary, great review, great show, a musical icon!

    • I wasn’t at the concert, but I saw the stream he put on Yahoo, and I’ve seen CSNY in many configurations. While one can criticize, liberal politics are what David is all about. A person who goes to a CSN or Y concert ought to be prepared for the occasional leftist statement. And I, to be honest, go to shows to hear the artist, not catcalls from the audience. I’m not saying that Croz was right to jump on the speaker who didn’t like his politicking, but I’m reminded of the Atlanta concert of the CSNY 2006 Freedom of Speech tour when half the audience walked out of the show because of Neil’s “Let’s Impeach the President.” Didn’t the crowd know what they were getting when they bought the tickets? By the way, Crosby’s new album is fantastic. I hope he continues to write more. It’s been a long time coming…

      • I was at the Roosevelt Stadium concert the night Nixon resigned. No one walked out.
        Who the hell does that twit think he’s telling what to do, at who’s show I might add? I would have said “go fuck yourself” too. He’s not Bieber.

        • That’s funny. I was at that show too and I (much against my will) was the one who walked out, because the girl I was with got herself way too high on Qualuudes or something and had to be taken home. But I was there for about half the show and it was an amazing night. Wasn’t that the show where people started shooting fireworks from the bleachers that landed in the crowd and they had to cut the show short? I read that somewhere but I left before that.

    • He is the performer, you are the audience. If he uses politics in order to explain his songs, then he is entitled. AS Jimmy Durante said everyone wants to get in the act. You could be like the drunk people behind me at the Tampa show wanting for the CSNY songs while talking during the others. David has moved on, and you should know he would say something that would cause you to think

    • David has every right to use the platform to inform the people. If that bothers you then I would not recommend a Steve Earle or Neil Young or Woody Guthrie back in the day for that matter. Music is a large part of the big changes in our history and the people who write those songs have very strong convictions. For everyone who was off put by David there were others that learned something or shared his point of view…
      GO DAVID ??????

  3. I, too, have been listening to the new album recently. What flitted through my mind, and nt even too briefly, was “Why hasn’t Ted championed Crosby – this stuff is wonderful and his voice better than it’s ever been…”

    Ah, great minds…. 😉

  4. You nailed it. Allthough Crosby has always been my favourite since 1971 when I first heard: If I could only remember my name. And I so hope mr. Crosby will find the time to play the Paradiso in Amsterdam solo. I will be there. With Regards Jon

  5. He was always my favorite from seeing him in the tiny clubs of south Florida to the Grove playhouse to the big shows in Florida and California, and a great rhythm guitar player for the others.

    • I love David’s electric rhythm playing. I think the rhythm line in the last section of the CSNY Southern Man has always flipped me out. It’s like a jazz walking bass line with chords.

  6. I saw him years ago with Nash and a lead guitarist on the first night of their tour not long after he got out of jail. It was when I went to IUP a university in Indiana PA, small venue. We were sitting in front, it was great. My daughter was only about 6 at the time and Crosby kept talking to her, funny. It was a great show and his voice and guitar playing were so good. I am a musician and it inspires me to this day.

  7. Thanks for a great review. I felt much the same as you, but what I really loved was “Everybody’s Been Burned” which I heard in a Byrds album, but never live. This concert was certainly the pinnacle of my concert going activities for 2015.

  8. you had it backwards its stills who wrote the rock hits and NASH who wrote the anthems, the songs the world loves to sing and croz writes the weird shit, thats how it goes

      • No, you got it right, Ted. I’ve heard Cros say this at three different concerts. You’ve only got to look at the hits: Marrakesh Express; Teach Your Children; Our House, Bus Stop, etc. all from Graham.

    • The RNRHOF would be a very different – and probably more interesting – place if fans inducted their passions. Thanks to you.

  9. Unlike the author, David Crosby has been a favorite of mine since 1969. I have seen him many times in concert, including a solo stand up show at Hofstra University in 1973 (I believe) in which John David Souther was the opening act. Good solid guitar playing, acoustic and genuine. Unfortunately, the rest of the life story is tough for David and his fans. I too, enjoyed the CPR music, as well. Thanks for an interesting read. J.

    • Thanks for the comments. I was sure he hadn’t done solos before–my bad. I envy you that memory. I’ve had the pleasure of really re-discovering him in my old age.

    • I’m sorry – I wasn’t precise in my language. Stephen’s had a resurrection lately and it’s wonderful to see him healthy and playing well. But as a songwriter, I think he faded away a long time ago. No one was a bigger fan of his during Buffalo Springfield and early CSNY but I can’t name more than a handful of songs since 1975 that I’d play to a stranger to convince her Stephen was an important songwriter–compared to the bucketful from 1966-75.

      • Fading away as a song-writer seems to happen to many of the classic rock talents. Paul McCartney has been searching forever for a hit. The Stones, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen – all theses guys and any more – all still very active – seemed to have their moment in the sun and then can’t ever achieve the high spot on the charts that at one time was so routine.

        So Stephen is not alone. Accept him for what he is – a truely one-of-a-kind guitar player whose a voice has seen better days! And if he is playing in your neck of the woods, you don’t want to miss him!

        • Absolutely. I saw him a few years ago on Long Island and had a wonderful time. The only point I was making was how unusual it was for anyone at this age to continue at the high level that Crosby has. He’s a marvel and a role model for those of us who do art (I write stories – it’s essentially the same gig). John LeCarre’s writing great thrillers still in his eighties – I hope to see Croz singing ten years from now. And Stephen and Graham and Neil. But it’ll be Croz’s songs I’ll be looking forward to.

  10. One of the things about David Crosby that has always amazed me is how his voice blends perfectly with any and everyone. Nobody’s voice does that – except his. And no matter who he sings with, he makes them sound so much better.

  11. I listened to David Ceosby and his son play acoustic at a small venue here in San Luis Obispo a few years back. Best. Concert. Ever…..

  12. I saw Crosby I believe in ’82. At the end of the show, he stepped away from the microphone and sang without the P.A. and a cappella. It was mesmerizing. I wore out my eight track of ‘If I Could Only Remember My Name’.

  13. hello Ted i don’t know who you are, it doesn’t matter, i saw David live a lot of time, next on october 2015, and when he says ‘ the darkest hour is just before the dawn’ (long time gone) i think that these few words have been the most important words in my life. Thanks… Manu from Padua – Italy

  14. Swell writing, followed by a great conclusion! Thanks!

    Decades ago, I read David Crosby’s autobiography and felt disgusted (his photos taken in prison will scare you… a lot).

    Two years ago, I saw him live with his son, Mr. Nash, and band. I set my hopes low, deciding to attend simply because the venue was so nearby. They came out, did 2 songs, stopped and said “Wow! The sound is really good here!” For a musician, that’s a big deal and, as you might imagine, they went on to give spectacular performances!

    Granted… David has been a self-serving king-baby in the past, yet one thing has never been in question: His musicianship!

    He can sing and sing and sing!

    Looking back to my Woodstock Nation days, I still love his “If I Could Only Remember My Name” album. For me, it captures so much of what was right in those times. Backed by Jerry, Joni, Jorma, and more… David still touches my Soul in a big way.

    Even though I’ve become one of the old farts that used to have long hair and beard… even though I often stay home to sing my own tunes… Crosby will always be the poster child for spacey sixties harmonies. Always.

    Many thanks,

  15. The one thing about Crosby that’s a really big part of his catalog is his voice, particularly as a HARMONY singer. His talent is UNSURPASSED in this area. When you’re talking about an artist’s catalog it’s usually a song he wrote or sang lead on, so Harmony Singing is going to be slighted. But Crosby’s genius is singing HARMONY. Just listen to his harmony line on Stills’ “Helplessly Hoping”. It’s absolutely brilliant. Not the same song without it. Great to hear the Croz is still in fine form!

    • That was the part that first got me – the ‘invisible’ harmony parts. I was in a band in college and my range was similar to his so I had to figure out exactly that part. By the time I got it figured out, I was just floored. I also love what he does on their version of Blackbird and, oh, about a thousand others.

  16. I’ve seen Stephen twice in the last few years (not counting the Buffalo Springfield reunion at Neil’s Bridge Concert – that makes three). He’s hardly faded away. He was awesome. Other than that , great review. I also bought David’s last solo album and was also favorably impressed. I’d go see him live.

    • Joey, I don’t believe in censorship so I’ll approve your post but I don’t buy the argument. No disrespect to Essra Mohawk or any creative person but plagiarism is a very serious charge and I’ve heard the song in question and don’t see any similarity between it and Deja Vu. The fact that they share one phrase – a very familiar phrase to anyone who’s looked into Eastern philosophy – doesn’t make it a rip-off. It really does seem like gossip to me.

  17. Hey, FYI, David Crosby did not teach Joni Mitchell open tunings. She learned open tunings around 1964 from other folk artists in the Toronto scene and had about 40 or so opened tuned songs already penned before she met Crosby in Florida in early 1967. If anything she taught him.

    • You may be right about the facts of the situation but I’m pretty sure I’ve heard Cros take credit for that. As the Irish say, never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

  18. I dressed as Crosby for Halloween a few years back. The hair was the hardest part, but I eventually found a Ben Franklin wig and brown spray hair coloring. It was pretty spot on. Went to a massive Halloween street fair type event and 90% of the idiots there kept thinking I was Meathead from All In The Family. I can’t count the number of times I said “F@@k you! I’m David Crosby!” that night.

  19. What a perfectly mundane song, even for the era in which it was released. The beauty of comparing these songs is that it makes eminently clear just what a unique masterpiece David’s “Deja Vu” is.

    Ted,like many here David has been a hero and inspiration for decades. Your review is pitch-perfect. Thank you so much.

  20. Nice article, but you are mistaken about one thing. Crosby did a six show tour in March, 1974, mostly college dates, just him and several guitars in different tunings, much the same format as the recent shows. I saw him in Memphis on that tour, and it’s still a fond memory. He was skillful at handling the hecklers back then, too.

  21. We saw the solo show in June and it was quite emotional. Aside from his voice sounding like he was in his late 30s, not early 70s, his guitar playing, his stories between songs and yes his mile political rants, made for one of the best musical evenings I’ve had in a long time. My wife had never seen any of the band and she fell in love that night.

    We both had been listening to the album constantly since it came out.

    Way to go Croz!

  22. Crosby has ALWAYS been my favorite. Too bad you missed the previous 45 or so years of easily the most talented of the four. A great band with amazingly great chemistry. They would not have been anything without him. Period.
    Its David’s show, and this ignorant guy is telling him what to do, and what not to say…? He deserved to be told to go fuck himself.
    Glad you’ve finally seen the light.

  23. Ted and I did indeed see Croz with CPR at what was then called the Westbury Music Fair…….for that matter at the same venue we saw Stephen and his band, as Ted mentions above. We saw Crosby and Nash there as well…….good times, good times

  24. Very nice review. It’s funny, it caught my eye because David has always been my least favorite of the bunch and Stephen always my favorite. I still don’t care for David Crosby as a person. I think he is such a pompous ass. But as for his song writing, vocals and playing he is awesome and I could not agree more that he has gotten better with age.

    • I don’t know Crosby as a person and I learned years ago, being a Stills fan, that you’d better love the art, not the artist. But Stephen Barncard, who engineered ‘Deja Vu’ and ‘If I Could Only Remember My Name’ wrote on a bulletin board some years ago that there were distinctly three phases of Crosby’s life: the original in-your-face arrogant dickhead (I’m paraphrasing here), the drug casualty waiting to die and a much mellower, more grateful and relatively humble (relatively is a big word, of course) fellow since going cold turkey and then liver transplant–and I think personally that the experience of rediscovering his biological son, James and making new music together in his fifties also gave him a real rebirth. Nothing will ever turn him into a diplomat or a model of discretion and I kind of cherish that in him but I think his days as a pompous ass are mostly over.

      • “you’d better love the art, not the artist.”
        There seems to be a negative correlation between quality and likability, for men anyway.
        Rolling Stone just published a list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters, I’m pretty sure every one of them had relationship problems, I guess we all do.
        Of CSN&Y, Neil Young was the only one to make it. He’s maintained a closer friendship to Stills, but from what I gather in his autobiography, Crosby’s music impressed him the most.

  25. Ted:
    I believe this was not Crosby’s first time to go solo acoustic. I thought a superfan like you would want to know about this. Here is a report about Crosby’s May performance at the Kerrville Folk Festival from a friend who is a “Kerrvite” (KFF Regular)
    “I understand he had one guy that started tuning each guitar every 15 minutes starting at 4 pm through his set at 9. Non-musician types weren’t as impressed with the performance (they expected CSNY type stuff) as musicians who really liked his alternate turnings. He said he can do CSNY stuff in his sleep. This was his stuff and he was doing something new, being out on his own. He said he wanted “to be scared again” wondering if anybody would like his music. Of course he blew everyone away. But it’s pretty cool that someone as famous and respected as he is could be scared like any other singer/songwriter who isn’t sure if anyone will like their music.”

    • I was stunned by the complexity of some of the rhythm structures once I heard them unadorned. He’s definitely breaking through barriers in himself now, which is what makes for a rich life. We should all follow that example.

    • I’m sorry, dan, your credibility is completely shot now. Seriously, have you noticed how many things I’ve been told I got wrong here? Don’t worry about it…

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