Rock’s seminal super-group, Crosby, Stills & Nash, dropped by the Puyallup Fair & Events Center Monday night to rekindle memories of flower power and tie-dies with some of the most memorable folk-rock classics of their generation.
My original plan was to record some video during the early part of CSN’s Puyallup Fair set – that is, until my camera decided to malfunction. (Hmmm. Did I or did I not buy that extended warranty from the guy at Best Buy? Oh yeah. I always blow those off as a waste of money. Weird.) Anyway, apologies for the sparse notes.
But what I can recall from the early set was that it was mostly dedicated to other legends’ material, with the Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday,” James Taylor’s “You Can Close Your Eyes,” Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country” and a the Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider” all thrown into the nostalgic mix.
“You’ve ruined it,” Graham Nash declared, basking in applause after the Dylan cut. “You’ve gone and encouraged us. Everything that happens from this moment on is your fault.”
As he’d promised earlier, the set started out mellow and gradually picked up steam. Nash sang lead on a newer tune called “In Your Name,” with a plea in the refrain for God to “please stop all this killing in your name.” CSN followed with the Grateful Dead’s “Uncle John’s Band.” “From the sublime to the ridiculous,” said David Crosby, dedicating the song to their the late Jerry Garcia.
The set really seemed to pick up steam as fans sang along with poppy, 1970 hit “Our House.” And all those Baby Boomers stomped their approval with a round of grandstand “thunder” after “Southern Cross,” before the trio disappeared for a 15-minute break.