By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press
AUBURN HILLS - War. A stuttering economy. Rising unemployment. An embattled president. A deep ideological divide in the country.
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.