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CSNY SINGS ABOUT PROTEST, POLITICS AT THE PALACE

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young know all about it. That was the situation in the late '60s and the early '70s, when the well-pedigreed quartet reigned as one of rock's most celebrated supergroups. Sadly, it's also the situation now, which has led CSNY to re-embrace its role as creators of thoughtful and passionate protest music on its Freedom of Speech '06 tour, which stopped Thursday night before a crowd of about 13,000 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

CSNY Delivers Message

There isn't a candidate, political group, or grass-roots cause attached to the current Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tour -- a reminder that once upon a time protest music didn't require an organizing principle. Songs like ``For What It's Worth" and ``Ohio" were mainstream radio fare. Topical tunes weren't career-threatening novelties.