Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Releasing 1974 Live Collection In August
The long-awaited live album from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's 1974 reunion tour will finally be released on August 27th. The 31-date tour kicked off on July 9th, 1974 and hit both arena's and stadiums' across North America, with its final stop at London's Wembley Stadium on September 14th, 1974, marking the group's only overseas gig. In addition to CSNY, the tour featured Tim Drummond on bass, Russ Kunkel on drums, and Joe Lala on percussion.
Graham Nash, who has been working on the project for the better part of a decade told Rolling Stone: "It's going to f*****' stun people. We only multi-tracked eight or nine shows from the tour, and we've chosen the best from those gigs. We've had to do a little tuning, but not that much. . . But the spirit of the band! If I take myself out the band and look at it, it was a f*****' great band."
David Crosby joked: "I am one of the most egotistical people on this planet. "But the legend looms larger! You have to remember that in 1974, the Beatles were over and the (Rolling) Stones were playing a completely different kind of music. When I hear this s***, I think, for a moment we were probably the best band. It's startlingly good."
He went on to say, "I want to call it What Could Possibly Go Wrong? I'm going to dig my heels and seriously fight for that. You can't hear that without laughing your head off. It's important to look at yourselves with a sense of humor in retrospect and realize what gigantic egos we had and what idiots we were. But I think it's a great title. If I don't get it, I'll threaten to quit the band -- at which point I'll be reminded that there's no band to quit!"
Graham Nash says that making music with Neil Young as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young has always led to fascinating results: "I love to make music with Neil. It's very different with Neil. Y'know, it's a very different band -- there's more edge, it's darker, it's funkier. It's just different."
As far back as 2007, David Crosby has been telling us how important the eventual release of the 1974 live material would be: "I've been listening to the tracks, and they are good. And I think there will be a CSNY live CD. I think it will be from the last tour, because that was when we finally got the right bass player and drummer, and that was when we finally had some new material. And the new material really made a difference, man, because once we mastered it and we could deliver it, it made us believe in ourselves again."
Crosby, Stills & Nash North American 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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