Crosby, Stills & Nash
Though the hoopla surrounding Woodstock's 40th anniversary has (mostly) subsided, one of the most anticipated performances at that little outdoor festival came from this trio, in only its second public performance. Boasting ex-members of the Byrds, the Hollies and Buffalo Springfield, the vocal harmonies of angels and a name like a law firm's, CSN has survived more than its share of personal and artistic ups, downs, group splinters, Crosby drug busts and Huntsville incarceration, and the occasional appearance (and disappearance) of Neil Young to make some of classic rock's most memorable and lasting music on records like Crosby, Stills & Nash, Déjà Vu (which includes the song "Woodstock"), CSN and Daylight Again. In 2006, the CSNY "Freedom of Speech" tour, documented as a movie, stirred passions on both sides of the political spectrum with its unapologetic Bush-bashing/Iraq-war commentary, proving that these aging hippie lions still had plenty of bite. For this tour, the group has also been trotting out numerous classic-rock covers, trying out material for a planned record with career-reviving producer Rick Rubin. And, as longtime drummer Joe Vitale told the Press's Rocks Off recently, it's the CSN-ization of the Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" that brings down the house each night.
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