CROSBY, STILLS & NASH TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE, JUNE—SEPTEMBER ’09
CSN ALBUM OF VINTAGE RARE DEMOS DUE IN MAY, AND THE GROUP
WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE SONGWRITER’S HALL OF FAME ON JUNE 18 IN NYC
Los Angeles, CA, March 23, 2009: Their first gig together was at Woodstock in front of half a million people. Now, four decades into their creative partnership, Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) continue their journey with a 2009 tour of North America and Europe, beginning with a concert in St.Louis, MO on Wednesday, June 3. The tour’s initial North American leg—which will include dates in the U.S. and Canada—wraps at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA on June 14 (a second North American leg, running August through September, will be announced in the coming weeks).
The tour picks up internationally on June 27 in the U.K., when CSN plays the sold-out 2009 Glastonbury Festival. Other U.K. stops include July 1, when CSN takes the venerable stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and then performs shows in: Cork, Ireland (6/29); Manchester, England (7/10) and Edinburgh, Scotland (7/11). The trio’s summer European itinerary will also touch down on the Continent for four dates, with highlights including the Museum Plaza in Bonn, Germany (7/1) and The Olympia in Paris, France (7/4).
In between the late spring North American and early summer European segments of its 2009 road trip, CSN will be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame on June 18 in New York City. The honor—which follows their 1997 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—recognizes David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash as a threesome, and as individual solo artists. It also acknowledges the groundbreaking music each created with landmark bands prior to forming CSN: The Byrds (Crosby), Buffalo Springfield (Stills) and The Hollies (Nash)—this remarkable convergence of rock ‘n roll pedigrees led to CSN becoming known as music’s first “supergroup” when they formed in Los Angeles in 1969.
The tour’s launch also coincides with Rhino Records’ June 2 release of CROSBY, STILLS & NASH DEMOS, a single-disc collection of early versions of destined-to-be-classic songs later heard on the group’s studio albums and solo titles. The set opens with a January 1969 recording of “Marrakesh Express,” reaches as far back as ’68 with the Stephen Stills solo track “My Love Is A Gentle Thing,” and features other rarities including seminal takes on “Almost Cut My Hair,” “Chicago” and “Long Time Gone.” CSN is currently in the studio, working on a new album with ten-time GRAMMY®-winning producer Rick Rubin.
A cornerstone of rock ‘n roll, CSN’s music first became embedded into our pop culture consciousness with the group’s legendary, self-titled 1969 debut LP, now one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” The album introduced signature hits including “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Marrakesh Express,” “Guinnevere” and “Wooden Ships,” and earned CSN a GRAMMY® for Best New Artist. 1970’s Déjà Vu—another “500 Greatest”—came next, the first album from the group’s four-man line-up with Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSN&Y).
Ever since—throughout changing times and various configurations—David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash have continued to tour and record music together, delivering songs conveying emotional truths and social activism in equal measure. Forty years on from their first live set at Max Yasgur’s farm, they are still “three together.”