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Review and photos by Mary AndrewsThe stage was set with only a microphone. David Crosby stood, sang, and accompanied himself on guitar for two hours. The "CROZ" tour was stripped down, frank, and adorned with a gloriously rich voice. The audience was captivated.
Some of us take a lifetime to mature and mellow. This seems to be the case for Mr. Crosby. He apologized early in the set because "I have no ability to censor myself at all!" A male voice from the audience yelled "I love you David." David responded "the next time you want to yell that, have your sister do it. Every time I hear that from a burley male voice, it reminds me of prison." Several female voices chimed in with more "I love yous" for David. This set the tone for the night. The subjects ranged from politics, his past drug use, his children, the Beatles to the women he has loved.
The first songs were clearly David Crosby songs. He announced that he was only going to do one cover song during the set because " I have a shit load of songs of my own." The cover song was "For Free" written by Joni Mitchell. "Falling for her was an experience. It was like a little light falling into a cement mixer. No criticism intended there. A free, turbulent girl. She took a terrible hit. She's a tough girl." (Referring to Joni's recent health problems.)
David Crosby has emerged from years of self-destructive behavior practically unscathed in his seventies. He is thinner and healthier appearing than seen for a long time. His voice was as good as it has ever been. He has always had an ear for complicated melodies that he could write and his voice could caress effortlessly. Crosby can sing anything whether it be soft or ruff, rock or opera. Tonight's show stayed mostly on the soft side with only a couple of exceptions.
The last year or more has been a long waited renaissance for David Crosby. He describes it as "the longest, densest writing surge I have ever had." "Breaking the rules again, I'm making two solo records at the same time." One of the solo albums is collaboration with Snarky Puppy's Michael League, called Lighthouse. Crosby performed the song, "Somebody Home," from the second album that is being produced by his son, James Raymond.
Mr. Crosby did not address his recent publicity regarding the Graham Nash feud. This was a show to satisfy those of us who never feel as though they get enough David Crosby during a CSN show. Crosby's voice, guitar playing, acoustics, and lighting were the best.
1. Tracks in the Dust
2. The Lee Shore (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song)
3. Naked in the Rain (Crosby & Nash song)
4. For Free (Joni Mitchell cover)
5. Dream for Him (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song)
6. Triad (The Byrds song)
7. Thousand Roads
8. Where Will I Be? (Crosby & Nash song)
9. Page 43 (Crosby & Nash song)
10. Carry Me (Crosby & Nash song)
12. Everybody's Been Burned (The Byrds song)
13. Rusty and Blue (CPR song)
14. What Are Their Names
15. In My Dreams (Crosby, Stills & Nash song)
16. What Makes it So
17. Somebody Home
19. Déjà Vu (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song)
20. Guinnevere (Crosby, Stills & Nash song)
22. Cowboy Movie
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