By Julie Rosenbaum-Engelhardt - WarrickNews.com
How often can you attend a concert where your parents’ friends, your own friends, your children and college and high school kids are all envious?
A woman was telling me that her 20-year-old grandchild was so excited because her mom got free tickets and they were going together. When rock ‘n roll icons Crosby, Stills and Nash come to the tri-state, that is exactly what happens.
A packed house at the Old National Events Plaza (formerly The Centre) had quite an eclectic group of fans.
Some looked like conservative business people. Some were dressed just like they would have in the 1960s.
The trio onstage, all in their late 60s to early 70s, performed for three hours, including one 20-minute intermission. From the first few notes of “Carry On,” the crowd was already on its feet, dancing and singing along.
Graham Nash’s “Our House,” my personal favorite, which was originally done when Neil Young was with the group, was note-perfect. He wrote the song when he temporarily had a blissful relationship with Joni Mitchell in Laurel Canyon.
As they went into “Southern Cross” and “Deja Vu,” everybody seemed to know the words. Their version of “For What It’s Worth” was as good as Stills’ monster protest hit with Buffalo Springfield. Although the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., is only a couple of weeks old, Nash has already captured the feeling in his new song, “Here For You.”
Their voices sounded as they did when I saw Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young back in the ‘70s in New York.
Crosby, who had a liver transplant in 1995, sang a mesmerizing rendition of his beautiful song, “Guinnevere.”
In attendance were several Newburgh residents, including Dave Johnson and his wife, Roberta.
All in all, every song from “Helplessly Hoping” to “Wooden Ships” are songs that will live on in rock ‘n roll history. After the show, I had the privilege of meeting Stills backstage.
He told me the audience was amazing and he did not act at all like the star he is.
I had some trepidation before the concert, fearing it might make me feel old and that I would find one of my favorite groups old and worn out. However, I left the show feeling like a teenager and CSN were still the great artists they were when I actually was a teenager.
Following this amazing event, I have gotten lots of youth back. As a matter of fact, a great rock concert like this one proves what Peter Pan always knew. You never have to grow up. The Crosby, Stills and Nash legacy will always be part of music history and rock ‘n roll will always live in our hearts, our minds and our CD players.