Sixties supergroup bring songs of protest to the West
Crosby, Stills & Nash, one of the most influential rock'n'roll groups, will be performing at Bristol's Colston Hall on Thursday, October 17. The show rounds off a nine-date tour of the UK which takes in both the NIA in Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The supergroup, comprised of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, has toured as a three-piece since 2007 and released a live concert DVD of their world tour last year.
With its most famous addition Neil Young appearing sporadically over the years, the band has existed in numerous different guises but continues today with its original line-up. The trio plays a combination of hits from its classic albums as well as a handful of covers and new material.
Though each of the band members had enjoyed success with their respective projects in the early Sixties, it wasn't until they all met at a party in 1968 that the group was formed. Stills and Crosby performed a new song together entitled You Don't Have to Cry, with Nash improvising a vocal harmony. And the unique three-part style soon became the band's trademark sound in years to come.
Although recognised for their instrumental proficiency and ability to blend various musical styles, the group was most famous for its strong political stance. Along with Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash were heroes of the American counter-culture, soundtracking the era of protest in the late Sixties and early Seventies with songs such as Chicago 7 and Ohio. The latter referenced the Kent State University shootings and became an anthem for protest against the Vietnam War.
Leading figures of the Woodstock generation, Crosby, Stills & Nash paved the way for other political songwriters such as Joni Mitchell to break through during the Seventies. The group's musical style was also a key influence on bands like the Eagles, who would go on to have a string of hits over the decade.
In-fighting and arguments troubled the group throughout their career and the presence of Neil Young often fuelled resentment and bitterness between the members.
The band splintered at various points during the late Seventies and Eighties, recording as duos and solo artists, as well as in a four-piece known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
The four appeared at the 2009 Glastonbury Festival, though hopes of a reunion were never fulfilled as Young's headline set passed without guest appearances from his former band mates.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young however, remain the only group in history to have each of its members inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Crosby, Stills & Nash were entered as a group in 1997, having already been recognised for their work with former bands The Byrds, The Hollies and Buffalo Springfield.
As the group approaches a half-century together, they continue to tour across North and South America, Europe and Australia and maintain a devoted fan base. This tour is their first time in the UK since 2010 and will be their first show in the south west since the 2009 Glastonbury appearance.
Crosby, Stills & Nash will play the Bristol Colston Hall on Thursday, October 17. Tickets cost between £65 and £75.