Steven Stills in Amsterdam

“Who is Steven Stills?” I hear you ask.  Several people asked me this question.  Where WERE you people in the late 60’s early 70’s?  You know, “Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young”?  

Oh THAT Stills.  

He’s old now, and the crowd was also old.  A whole lot of them were even older than ME!  The concert was at Paradiso, Amsterdam.  In the past 2 years we’ve seen Crosby and Nash together at the Paradiso and we saw Neil Young at the RAI theater.  Now we’ve bagged them all!

We sat in the second balcony, looking straight down on the stage.  Paradiso is small enough that there are really no bad places to be.  I only managed one sort-of sharp photo:

I really wondered how his voice would sound.  Even 20 years ago he sounded rough.  And how much hair would he have left?  I think that out of the 4, Stills has been the least heard from.  I had no idea what to expect.

Well….. the voice was not great, but he’s still belting it out.  The worst part was during the second half when the band joined him on stage and completely drowned out the vocals.  I don’t know why they didn’t just boost up the vocals microphone.

The first half of the concert Stills was alone on stage with his guitar.  He certainly knew how to make a big full sound with a guitar and played some stinging solos.  This was by far the best part of the night.  Half way, he took a 20 minute break and came back on stage with the band.  I wish he hadn’t.  The band didn’t add anything special frankly.

The really disappointing part was the final song.  Normally you end a concert with your strongest song, right?  Not in this case.  We heard a mediocre version of a very mediocre song that I didn’t like even when it first came out:  Dark Star.  What was he thinking?

I missed songs that I really like from Manasas and from Illegal Stills.  I did enjoy his solo version of Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.  

Over all, I give it a 5/10.  More disappointment than enjoyment, unfortunately.   The Crosby/Nash concert was better and no one beats Neil Young in concert.  After that one I was re-living it for days.  

I wonder if the 4 will get together and tour Europe like they’ve toured the US.  Of course I would go.  Who knows how long these dinosaurs will continue touring?

2 thoughts on “Steven Stills in Amsterdam

  1. Andy Baker October 10, 2008 / 19:15

    What was I doing in the late Sixties and early Seventies? I was starting elementary school. That was a long time ago. Glad you had a good time-ish. That’s a good picture. I tried to get a good picture of Nanci Griffith and had a terrible time. I’ve seen several people at the Paradiso. It’s a fun venue.

  2. earlybird October 10, 2008 / 21:31

    Andy I was also in elementary school, but I was listening anyway. 🙂
    It’s really hard to get good photos in this kind of light. This was the ONLY good photo out all the ones I took. I was lucky!

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