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Saturday, November 05, 2016

INTERVIEW: Graham Nash on 1974 CSNY Tour | No Depression

Graham Nash
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From an interview with Graham Nash on the 1974 CSNY Tour in No Depression by Gary Stoller:
The 1974 tour of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young was one of the best tours in rock music history, and Nash spent a lot of time sorting through concert tapes to compile the 2014 multi-disc box set, CSNY 1974.

I recall seeing the group at Denver’s Mile High Stadium and Chicago Stadium that year and was completely blown away by the three-hour-plus shows. The most vivid memories are all four members huddled together, wailing on their electric guitars during long jams, and Neil Young debuting his brilliant album On the Beach. Nash says he remembers the Mile High Stadium show, because Crosby fell while running toward the stage across the baseball field before the show. That show and others on the tour, Nash says, were the zenith of CSNY live.

“Mile High Stadium was a great show, and that tour was full of wonderful music,” he says. “That’s one of the reasons why I did the CSNY box set. I wanted to show historically that Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were a fabulous rock and roll band. If anybody in the future wants to know who the fuck CSNY were, that box set will give them a good idea.”

He says that chapter of his life — compiling CSN or CSNY material — is over, and his multi-decade stint with Crosby, Stills and Nash is “done.”
Complete interview with Graham Nash in No Depression by Gary Stoller.

Also, see more on the 1974 CSNY Tour.

David Crosby, Graham Nash, Neil Young and Stephen Stills
Oakland Coliseum, July 14, 1974
Photo by David Zimmer
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At 11/05/2016 12:38:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

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At 11/05/2016 01:18:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Honestly I would have preferred complete shows from the 1974 Tour. Consider that every unreleased recording is getting slowly PD in Europe. So the edits of Nash and Bernstein on the 1974 material weren't a smart move. The approach to the Archives of the Dylan 's office is more intelligent and less narcissistic.
So Tired

At 11/05/2016 03:45:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

The Peace Trail single has been released (and album pre-orders begun), Neil's catalog has returned to streaming services and this is the "news" here?

At 11/06/2016 05:16:00 AM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

That single, for anyone who might not have heard it yet:

At 11/06/2016 09:18:00 PM, Blogger TOM said...

Peace Trail newly released pales in comparison to live POTR version, which is ethereal, nuanced and softly sung.

Newly released version is over produced, with grating lead overdubs, distorted vibe and over emphasized drums, IMHO

At 11/09/2016 11:13:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

It's as good a time as any to say that I caught Graham Nash live in Philadelphia, PA, this past July. Great show with just him and Shane LaFontayne (?), his musical partner from the new album, playing mostly acoustic. Nash opened brilliantly with Military Madness, followed by Marrakesh Express. The closing encore was Teach Your Children, which made for a beautiful moment with the audience singing along. Genuine good vibes. The song was especially fitting as I went with my dad. In between were most of the CSN hits you'd expect, supplemented with stuff from Beginners and Wild Tales, as well as six or seven good songs from the new album. There will be special memories.

Nash was (and is) classy and, in the relatively intimate live environment, very honest and frank for a guy talking to a roomful of strangers. He spoke his mind on a number of things and displayed a terrific sense of humor. I've now seen half CSN+Y (saw Neil in April 2011 during Le Noise), and maybe, if I'm fortunate, I'll complete the circle someday soon with Crosby and Stills.

I'd definitely recommend that anyone who hasn't done so check out Nash's newest album, This Path Tonight. I enjoyed it thoroughly, had a ball seeing and hearing him play the songs in concert, and wish him all the best.


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