As you would expect no grandiose stage effects here, simply three exemplary artists on-stage, making music. Their vocal harmony still intact, with more power than you might expect from this ageing trio, with a combined age of 271 years.
It was a thrill to witness these living legends command the stage, they played Woodstock for goodness sake! All four members of CSNY have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, twice…
This band is considered a supergroup, meaning each member had belonged to another prominent group. David Crosby singer/songwriter and played guitar with the Byrds; Stephen Stills had been a guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter in the band Buffalo Springfield (which also featured Neil Young); and Graham Nash had been a guitarist, singer/songwriter with the Hollies.
And the length of the show itself, seemed like millennium as far as concert go; 2 sets with a 20 minute intermission 24 or 25 songs, and that’s counting Judy Blue Eyes, as one song, which is really three.
The setlist was an inventory of time honoured pieces, and on more than one occasion, was shifted around, changed off the cuff, as they went about their business, a sure sign of consummate performers. Most bands, don’t deviate much from the setlist, but these guys are at a whole other level.
The way they move and mix things around almost seamlessly, the three function as one, special stuff. They also shared the spotlight, did a few solo performances, graciously introduced and gave some stage time to the other members in the band, gentleman indeed. Very impressive to say the least.
Not many photography passes for this event, only six, and funny thing was, the photography pass for Rappler.com fell through at the last minute, so I had a media pass. So, I documented the show with my 11-year-old daughters pink, yes pink…point and shoot camera, regardless of the pixels.
Photographers note: the first two songs only, no flash and you had to stay to the extreme left or right of the stage, no crossing in the center. With the official photographers being able to shoot the entire show, just no access to the pit area and the others had to put their cameras away and watch from an open area on the side of the stage.
Feeling fortunate I came away with some usable images…caught some moments. Regardless of the pixels, it’s a night I’ll never forget and if you’ve seen them perform live, you’ll know exactly what I mean…
Thanks going out to the folks at Ovation productions…