Venue: The Pearl
4321 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: September 27, 2014
Show Times: 8pm
Age Restriction: 6
Show Length: 90 minutes
The classic rock group Crosby, Stills & Nash was one of the most successful touring and recording acts of the late '60s and '70s and now they bring their career-spanning hits as well as new songs to Las Vegas as part of their 2014 summer tour.
The band was formed in California in 1968 by former Hollies member Graham Nash, ex-Buffalo Springfield member Stephen Stills and former Byrds guitarist David Crosby. Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Neil Young) were known for their vocal harmonies and varied style -- which ranged from folk to hard rock.
Their debut album, released in 1969, made the group an instant success and many hits followed such as "Teach Your Children," "Southern Cross," "Just a Song Before I Go" and "Love the One You're With." Not only was the album a success, but the group's sound helped influence rock music to move in a new direction by utilizing folk, blues and jazz in a way that didn't replicate what was already being done in the music scene.
The album's success spawned a tour and the need for more members to perform the songs live. Leading up to that, Stills had recorded the majority of the instrumental parts. As a result, singer/songwriter Neil Young was added to the band. Their first gig was on Aug. 17, 1969 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. The following day they performed their second show at Woodstock. This birthed a musical legend and the group had a quick rise to fame while redefining music in the 1970s and 1980s.
Throughout its history Crosby, Stills & Nash has seen it all. The group has broken up and reunited several times. All the members have enjoyed successful solo careers but through it all they continued to produce albums and tour.
Crosby, Stills & Nash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. They are the only band to have all of their members inducted twice. Crosby was inducted with the Byrds in 1991, Stills as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997 and Nash as a member of the Hollies in 2010.
All three performers continue to work on solo projects. Crosby has released CROZ, his first solo album in 20 years. Stills just announced a 17-date solo tour and "Carry On," a four-CD box chronicling Stills' career -- produced by Nash and Joel Bernstein -- also came out in 2013. Nash just finished a solo tour -- followed by an ongoing book tour for his autobiography "Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life."
CSN's performance in Las Vegas will be accompanied by its backing band featuring: Shane Fontayne (guitar), Steve DiStanislao (drums), Kevin McCormick (bass), James Raymond (keyboards) and Todd Caldwell (organ).
While the group had its fair share of up and downs over the years, Crosby, Stills & Nash's musical, political and cultural influence is undeniable.