After Monday night's performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the trio of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash kicked off their first of three concerts at the landmark Beacon Theatre in NYC. With the support of a backing band, the folk rock icons entertained the crowd with a three-hour, twenty-five song set. They mixed in classics like "Teach Your Children," "Guinnevere," and "Our House," with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country," and other familiar tunes. Apart from performing songs as a group, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills individually took the stage to perform select numbers from their respective catalogs.
There were moments of laughter -- as when David Crosby joked, "Aren't old folks like us supposed to curl up and die?" -- and reflection, when Graham Nash discussed how renting a Rolls Royce and going to visit Stonehenge while high on acid influenced the lyrics for the song "Cathedral." For "What Makes It So," David Crosby serenaded the audience with his 12-string guitar and Stephen Stills showcased his impressive guitar skills for "Don't Want Lies," a song he co-wrote with Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
There was no Neil Young tonight, but there didn't have to be. While Neil does bring a grittier edge to the band with his style of guitar playing, the trio was able to tap into its folk roots throughout the night and hush the crowd with the simple strum of an acoustic chord. There were moments when the crowd got up to dance and clap, but the moments where we were allowed to sit and appreciate the vocal harmonies between the three were the most special. Any fan of CSN should not miss out on these shows, no matter how many times you've seen them before.
Crosby, Stills, & Nash are on tour in support of their archival live release CSNY 1974, which was released this week and is now available on Amazon. They have two more shows coming up at the Beacon Theatre before continuing on their nationwide tour. Head to their official website for more music, news, and tour information. Below are more photos from last night's show.