Thursday, 19 June 2014

Stephen Stills: Brilliant solo concert at the Fox theatre

Stephen StillsStephen Stills made a concert stop at the Fox theatre in TucsonAZ, June 3, 2014. Stephen Stills is best known as a member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young sometimes). His career has spanned well over 50 years. He became the first person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice in the same night for his work with Buffalo Springfield and CSN.

The mood of the show was set with Stills’ parody of a Bob Dylan performance and the levity continued throughout the show. He was there to have fun and so was the audience. The concert was divided into two sets. The first set was predominantly acoustic. His fingerpicking was at its peak. He introduced “Johnny’s Garden” with the revelation that it was a tribute to his English gardener who had offered him some of his “special herbal tea” to help the guitarist stabilize while tripping on LSD. As a result, Stills was able to write 20 songs, but he later discovered he had scribbled them all on a sheet of ice: “The paper melted!” This tune was the only one that survived.

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