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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Marcus Amphitheatre
Milwaukee, WI
Sept. 6, 2006

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Story and Photos by Matt Schwenke

With the legendary line-up of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young back together for the first time since 2002, the supergroup's Freedom of Speech Tour stop at Marcus Amphitheatre mixed classic tunes charged with a new anti-war fervor, and, for the most part, let the music do the talking.

Setting the tone with a giant American flag draped at the back of the stage and with the opener "Flags of Freedom," giant flags representing various countries were rotated in at the back of the stage during the song while images of soldiers and scenes of war were intermittently shown on the big screens throughout the rest of the night. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Showing there has been nothing lost in the vocal department, the group was spot on in the airy "Long Time Gone" where David Crosby's voice shone among the well-executed harmonies. While Graham Nash's lead vocals on "Military Madness" were also worth mention, it was Neil Young's shredding guitar solo that lit the fire in the song steeped in anti-Bush sentiment-- to which the crowd loudly applauded. Though Young's "Living With War," a tune from his latest solo release of the same title, sacrificed much in the way of music to get it's message across, "Restless Consumer" was especially compelling with Young's rant-like section on modern society stirring the crowd. In another tune from life outside CSNY, Stills and Nash's "Wounded World" featured a bluesy strut and ended with Stephen Stills making his guitar scream in spectacular fashion-- at numerous points in the show, Stills made his presence known with fiery guitar solos. Crosby's "Almost Cut My Hair," with Stills and Young going crazy on guitar, and Stills' "Carry On" were other notables in the first set, as well as the classic "Deja Vu" from the group's first album together.

Mixing up the arrangement in the second set, Young's solo performance of "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," while on piano was simplistically beautiful while Crosby and Nash's wispy vocals on "Guinevere" were ultimately haunting. Young's gritty guitar spoke volumes on "Roger and Out" and featured Crosby and Nash joining in on vocals near the end. Giving a voice to the voiceless without saying a word, the song "Carry Me" struck deep as an oversized mic with a yellow ribbon was placed at the front of the stage and the faces of every American soldier killed in Iraq and Afghanistan were displayed on the screens. Keeping the intensity up, "Southern Cross," "Impeach," "For What It's Worth," and "Ohio" were all electrifying before the crowd sing-along in "What Are Their Names," which echoed a refrain of "peace for mankind." In perhaps the only song that could've have followed up the band's thirty-plus song set with night-ending energy, "Rockin In the Free World" did the trick with the band leaving the stage only after Young tore apart his guitar in impassioned solos and stood smiling with strings splayed every which way.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young setlist 9/6/06:
Flags of Freedom
Carry On
Wooden Ships
Long Time Gone
Military Madness
After the Garden
Living With War
Restless Consumer
Shock and Awe
Wounded World\ Almost Cut My Hair
Immigration Man
Deja Vu
2nd Set:

Our House
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Milky Way
Treetop Flyer
Roger and Out
Southbound Train
Old Man Trouble
Carry Me
Teach Your Children
Southern Cross
Find the Cost
For What It's Worth
What Are Their Names?
Rockin In the Free World
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Neil Young
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Grahm Nash
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Steven Stills
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Neil Young & David Crosby
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
David Crosby

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