Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Verizon Wireless Music Center
September 2, 2006
A sense of history in the remaking pervaded Noblesville, Indiana's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on September 2, 2006 as the Freedom of Speech tour featuring an evening with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young kicked off the Labor Day weekend.
Voicing an opposition to war as they did back in '69 with the Vietnam conflict, CSNY's set leaned heavily on Neil Young's Living With War release. Beginning the concert with "Flags of Freedom," Young's voice meshed in naturally with CSN's harmonies and brought the first of many standing ovations on the cool night. Many giggles in the audience were overheard as Young railed against the EDS commercials on the nightly news in "The Restless Consumer."
The evening's highpoints occurred during "Consumer," "After the Garden" and an extended jam during David Crosby's anti authority anthem "Almost Cut My Hair" when Young and Stephen Stills burned up the stage, trading searing lead guitar solos and pushing the rhythm section playing of Chad Cromwell on drums and Rick Rosas on bass guitar to new heights.
On piano, Graham Nash serenaded the crowd with "Our House" before Young sat in with a defining take on "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" from his After the Gold Rush recording. Then, Crosby and Nash brought a hushed stillness to the duo's sparkling gem from the Crosby, Stills and Nash recording, "Guinnevere." Trumpeter Tommy Bray pumped up the internal combustion of Living With War's title track and video monitors displayed war's deadly costs during "Shock and Awe" and the overt messages distilled in "Families."
Fittingly, CSNY chose to end their performance with back-to-back renderings of "Teach Your Children" and "Find the Cost of Freedom." After nearly 40 years of music making, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young have come together again with a fresh purpose, crafting a vital vision that shakes from the power of their voices and guitars.