Happy Birthday to Graham Nash who turns 71 on today (February 2nd)!!! Crosby, Stills, & Nash have just announced that they'll team-up this spring with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis. The trio will play the two-night event on May 1st and 3rd at Lincoln Center's Rose Theatre, dubbed, The Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook, which will consist of the Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2013 Annual Gala Concert followed by a charity dinner, with the general public able to purchase tickets for the May 3rd show.
Out now is the CD/DVD set CSN 2012 which includes such classics as "Carry On/Questions," "Marrakesh Express," "Long Time Gone," "Southern Cross," "Wasted On The Way," "Deja Vu," "Our House," "Helplessly Hoping," "Wooden Ships," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," and "Teach Your Children," among others. CSN 2012 also spotlights the group's solo careers with a take on Nash's "Military Madness," Stephen Stills' "Love The One You're With," "Johnny's Garden" and his Buffalo Springfield classics "For What It's Worth" and "Bluebird." Also included are the new songs -- David Crosby's "Radio" and Nash's "Almost Gone," as well as the group's tight-harmony cover of Bob Dylan's "Girl From North Country."
In 2010, along with the rest of the Hollies, Nash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The occasion marked Nash's second entrance into the Hall, having already been inducted with CSN back in 1998.
Nash told us that if any English rock group deserves Hall of Fame status -- it's gotta be the Hollies: "I'm old enough now to realize and look at my history so far. The Hollies were so influential in the early-'60s through the '60s. Very, very, influential. We were probably one of the very first bands to ever use three-part harmony constantly. I mean, even the Beatles were two-part most of the time. The Hollies were a fabulous band. Maybe they weren't 'cool,' but by the time I'd left we'd had 18 Top Ten hits. I mean, how many do the Kinks have? How many did everybody else have that's in (the Rock Hall)? I think the Hollies deserve to be in there."
Nash was born in Blackpool, England and raised in Manchester. It was there that he co-founded the Hollies in 1962 with childhood friend Allan Clarke. Following his departure from the group in 1968, Nash teamed up with David Crosby, who had recently left the Byrds, and former Buffalo Springfield guitarist Stephen Stills -- who along with occasional member Neil Young -- have gone on to form one of the most important and lasting rock partnerships of the past 40 years.
Nash says that since their first meeting, he and Crosby have shared a unique bond that transcended music: "I've always been closer friends with David than I have with either Stephen or Neil. I mean, that's been obvious from the very beginning with my and David's relationship. As a musician he is one of the finest, most unique musicians in the world. I love him to death."
Although CSN's music and career choices have been analyzed and second-guessed by fans and journalists alike, Nash says he's been fortunate to have never taken himself that seriously: "You just can't spend too much time thinking in those terms, y'know, about how significant you are. You're not, y'know? This is not brain surgery or astrophysics or Mozart -- this is a very simple form of music that moves a great many people, and I'm glad to be a part of it."
In 2009, Nash released the three-disc career retrospect called Reflections. Among the classic tracks featured on the 64-song set are Nash's Hollies hits "On A Carousel," "Carrie Anne," and "King Midas In Reverse," along with the CSN/CSNY standards "Marrakesh Express," "Our House," "Teach Your Children," and "Wasted On The Way."
Crosby, Stills & Nash U.S. tour dates (subject to change):
May 1, 3 - New York, NY - The Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center
May 5 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live
May 7 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
May 8 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
May 10, 11 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live
May 14 - Fort Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
May 15 - Melbourne, FL - King Center For Performing Arts
May 17 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
May 19 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
May 21 - Greenville, SC - Peace Center Concert Hall
May 22 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center
May 24 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Performing Arts Centre
May 25 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
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