Repost Bonanza: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Denver, CO (05/12/70)

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Denver Coliseum
Denver, CO
May 12, 1970

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Disc One

01 – Suite- Judy Blue Eyes
02 – Teach Your Children
03 – On The Way Home
04 – Helpless
05 – Everybody’s Been Burned
06 – Tell Me Why
07 – Man In The Mirror
08 – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
09 – Black Queen
10 – Bluebird
11 – We Are Not Helpless
12 – Love The One You’re With

Disc Two

01 – Pre-Road Downs
02 – Carry On
03 – So Begins The Task
04 – Wooden Ships
05 – Chicago
06 – As I Come Of Age
07 – Southern Man
08 – Everybody I Love You
09 – Long Time Gone

This is a significant show for CSNY. It was the first show of the new tour. It was Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuel’s first show as bassist with CSNY, and Dallas Taylor’s last show. Everyone involved considered it a disaster, particularly the electric set. Neil walked off sometime during or after “Everybody I Love You” and prior to “Long Time Gone”. Crosby and Stills have this little exchange:

Crosby: “Where, where’s Neil?”
Stills: “He ran”

Crosby & Nash were angry with what they perceived as Stills’ controlling behavior. The possibility of resuming as “Crosby,
Nash & Young” was even suggested. The group effectively broke up after this show, only resuming the tour on May 29 in order to
satisfy contractual obligations, and meeting Neil’s “it’s either him or me” ultimatum regarding Dallas Taylor.

Aside from the drama, this is a unique set. Crosby plays “Everybody’s Been Burned”, a song he never played during a CSNY show, and rarely
performed on solo tours. Stills plays the Buffalo Springfield arrangement of “Bluebird”. Then he plays “We Are Not Helpless”, the only time
this track from his first album was ever played live. Lastly, the group plays “Everybody I Love You”. Amazingly, they play it differently
than on “Deja Vu” which was already released. Integrated within the main song is a different chorus with the words “Open Up”.

3 thoughts on “Repost Bonanza: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Denver, CO (05/12/70)

  1. Interesting show. I sat outside the Waikiki Shell and heard CSN a couple of times in the late 80’s. Honestly, even then they were awful. Strictly a studio band, in my opinion. Even at Woodstock, if you listen to the soundtrack, you can hear how horribly off key Graham Nash was.

  2. Fascinating backstory!

    @POBOY, I think it’s still very hard for a band that depends on intricate vocal harmonies to hear themselves clearly in arena settings. Imagine what is was like nearly fifty years ago.

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