Crosby Stills & Nash
Submitted by Carl Parker on 7 October 2013 - 8:46am
National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
Sunday 6th October 2013
Wow! This was unexpectedly brilliant. I'd turned down a ticket for the Albert Hall, but was offered a free ticket and a ride so thought 'Why not?'. From the opening Carry On I was blown away. This was not old guys going through the motions for one last payday; this was a band going out and performing with as much verve and vigour as they could have mustered 40 years ago - maybe moreso as they are all clean living guys these days. The first thing that struck me was that Crosby & Stills have been on major diets while Nash is a skinny as ever; the second that Crosby's voice is really strong, hitting high and low notes, sustaining notes and singing with delicacy or power as required; the third that Stills is a superb guitarist, though his voice is not what it was. Nash is the axis literally and figuratively, holding the three together along with the top notch 5 piece backing band. A brilliant Wooden Ships closes the main set. Sadly missed the encore (Suite Judy) to get back on the road.
Lots of people older than us - the ones who bought CSN when it was released. They loved it and were suitably appreciative. Very little camera-phone activity, but still a few planks who think a gig is their opportunity for a dialogue with the artists.
Food & drink:
Appalling. The NIA website promises a wide choice of good quality food. Utter bollocks. The "Food Village" was a joke. I had Chicken Tikka Masala and my mate a Pulled Pork Bap. Far less appetising than they sound from a glorified hot dog stand.
It made me think:
How did they do it? This was so professional & well rehearsed yet retaining warmth and humour and a love of performing. Sadly the ticket for the RAH has now gone because if I knew then what I know now I'd have snapped his hand off to get hold of it.