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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Crosby, Stills & Nash: Still Harmonizing in Their Seventies

One of the rock ’n’ roll’s first supergroups was Crosby, Stills & Nash. David Crosby attained stardom with the Byrds, Stephen Stills found fame with Buffalo Springfield, while Graham Nash was part of the British Invasion with the Hollies. Whether they played hard rock or soft ballads the common denominator was their three-part harmony which helped define popular music in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. Now in their seventies, when Crosby, Stills & Nash get together their harmonies are as powerful as ever as was demonstrated when they performed before a sold out audience at Boston’s Wang Theatre last week.
Of course, this trio is equally well known as a quartet when Neil Young, Stills’ fellow bandmate from Buffalo Springfield is thrown into the mix. But there would be no Neil Young on this night. Or perhaps any other night. If Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are known for their harmonies they are equally known for their discord. Crosby and Young had a falling out last September after Young left Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years in 2014 for actress Daryl Hannah and Crosby accused Hannah of being a “purely poisonous predator.” This angered Young so much that he wouldn’t mention Crosby by name during an interview with Howard Stern. As usual, it was left to Nash to play diplomatCrosby apologized to Hannah through (who else?) Howard Stern the day before the Boston concert. Whether this will repair things remains to be seen. I have a feeling Nash a lot more work to do. But the show must go on.

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