Neil Young and Stephen Stills Team up for Classics in Autism Aid

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There comes a time even neil young He’ll be back on stage after the pandemic, and the recently concert-shy legend gave his first major live performance in almost four years at a benefit concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Young shared most of her time on stage with him. Stephen StillsIn a show that relied heavily on material from their first appearances as band members in the 1960s, it almost meant a real “Buffalo Springfield revisited” show.

The appearance of the two longstanding cohorts separately and in tandem was tempting enough to fill Greek Saturday for “Autism Speaks Lights the Blues 6 Concert,” the sixth edition of recurring autism charity hosted by Stills and wife Kristen. one was delayed by three years from the original spring 2020 date. However, there was plenty of star power, including the sets. willy nelsonJoe Walsh, who makes a brief but influential appearance before his 90th birthday celebration at the Hollywood Bowl next weekend, ensuring that Stills and Young’s guitar prowess doesn’t belong to them.

(LR) Stephen Stills and Joe Walsh perform at the Autism Speaks Light Up The Blues 6 Concert at The Greek Theater on April 22, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Harmony Gerber/Getty Images)
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Others completing the four-hour show included Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real, Chris Stills, Sharon Van Etten, and three artists on the autism spectrum: rapper Rio “Soulshocka” Wyles, opera singer Amanda Anderson, and singer-songwriter Will Breman. Jeff Garlin, Amanda Kloots, and Camryn Manheim exchanged hosting duties.

Another of Stills and Young’s great contemporaries attended the show, although he wasn’t performing: Paul McCartney was watching from the front in a black mask.

Nelson, who was recently announced to be added to the show and joined by his sons Lukas and Micah, performed a single medley of “Night Life”, “Crazy” and “Funny How Time Slips Away”, but few customers made requests. Speaking of craziness, on a bill that included Young, Stills, and Walsh, it was a little crazy how Nelson could have gotten away with just one week before the hardest guitar soloist of the night turned 90. His trusty Trigger as seen in the video clip below.

The prolonged resumption of Stills-Young Band and/or CSNY or half of Buffalo Springfield ended the night with a veritable fireworks display. For many, however, an emotional climax may have come in the early evening as a tribute to him. david crosby Graham Nash, currently on tour, had a taped message (“David was my best friend for almost 50 years,” he said), followed by a live rendition of “Wooden Ships,” it was all a family affair. Or whatever, all of them in a few families. In this Crosby, Stills & Nash classic (co-written by Crosby and Stills with Paul Kantner) the lead vocals were Stephen Stills, his son Chris Stills, and recent Crosby collaborator Steve Postell, with Crosby’s son James Raymond playing keyboards.

It’s unclear whether Stills finished singing or playing lead guitar the night after “Wooden Ships,” as he joined Walsh on “Rocky Mountain Way” before a short hiatus. After the hiatus, Nelson made his mingling with his sons Lukas and Micah for accompaniment, and then Young appeared on stage for the episode, which initially culminated in performances of “From Hank to Hendrix”, “Comes a Time” and “Heart of Heart” in solo guise. Gold” by itself.

Then it turned out that Stills wasn’t retiring for the night, playing the piano accompaniment for Young on “Helpless,” Stills’ original “Deja Vu” CSNY recording. But from then on, it was almost all Buffalo Springfield material, from the single Stills-Young Band album of the same name to the inevitably closer “Long May You Run.”

(LR) Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Chris Stills perform at the Autism Speaks Light Up The Blues 6 Concert at The Greek Theater on April 22, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Harmony Gerber/Getty Images)
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Young left the stage once to take a break from what would otherwise have coincided with his set, leaving Stills as the sole lead on his solo hit “Love the One You’re With” and CSN’s “Helplessly Hoping,” and Walsh reappeared. Make sure Stills doesn’t get too lonely without a double guitar teammate in Young’s absence.

Meanwhile, five Buffalo Springfield songs revived on both sides are “For What It’s Worth,” “Bluebird,” “Mr. Spirit,” “On the Way Home,” and “Everybody’s Wrong.” This latest issue counts as a deep piece that has never been played publicly by any of the members before, apart from a handful of dates on the brief and unsuccessful Springfield reunion tour in 2011. … a special rendition of being over-rehearsed. they were also excited.

Young then made a great joke, as he seemed to admit the laden flaws in this rare performance. He made a joke about how AI can now create lyrics without ever having a chance to think about them. “I come from somewhere else,” Young said. “If I was a robot, this would never happen, okay?” Then he muttered quietly, “Remember what you missed.”

On the blue carpet at Greek before the concert, a few of the artists talked about what the night meant.

After waiting three years to host the event, Stephen Stills said, “everyone is a little more rusty – but still more excited about going out. A lot of people are performing for the first time in three years. I’ve had a few chances to go out and get my feet wet but it’s so fresh. Neil He just came in last night to practice and he was so convincing Everyone stopped to watch him – you know, we’re all men and we’re cynical.

Stills said, “There will be more tears tonight. We have boxes of tissues everywhere” – but not just for his attendance at Crosby, but also for performances and speeches by autistic artists and presenters.

(LR) Stephen Stills, Kristen Stills, Chris Stills and family arrive on the blue carpet at the Autism Speaks Light Up The Blues 6 Concert at The Greek Theater on April 22, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Harmony Gerber/Getty Images)
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Amanda Kloots of “The Talk” said she played tennis with Kristen Stills and was invited to host via this link. She described herself as a huge CSN fan, especially the song “Our House”. However, she stated that the song of one of the artists of the night that meant the most to her was the song “A Few Stars Apart” by Lukas Nelson. “You know, this is about someone in heaven and on earth, and that interests me a lot,” said Kloots, who lost her husband, Nick Cordero, to COVID. Nelson didn’t sing that song on Saturday, but sang another emotional tune about losing a loved one with almost the same theme, “Set Me Down on a Cloud.”

Commenting on the performance of “Wooden Ships,” James Raymond said, “Stephen wanted to honor David with a moment tonight and he chose the song because I think it’s one of his favorites that David wrote and when I played it with CSN it was one of their favorite songs on set. So it’s good to honor his memory.”

Raymond was set to play and sing in Crosby’s band for a Santa Barbara comeback show in February, and possibly a later tour when his father died suddenly. “We were working on getting ready for that show until the day he died,” Stills said. “I was really excited about this. We were going to continue from there and maybe go on a little tour… He was, you know, coming back from retirement to do that show. It’s a shame we can’t do that.” Raymond noted, however, that there are plans to reunite the musicians and have the show scheduled for Santa Barbara at the end of the summer.

Postell, who was closely associated with Crosby at the put together of that show at Lobero in Santa Barbara, confirmed plans to move the idea forward in a few months in honor of his deceased comrade – “same band, same setlist, with guest artists.”

Postell said of the Saturday night performance, where he sat down with many of the performers: “This is an iconic venue and we think about all the music being made here… and also, there’s a real feeling afterwards. Crosby is dead and is now with Stephen (‘Wooden Ships’). I play and I say what Crosby has to say… and then to see Neil and the amps and the crew… I had a real experience. painsaid. “It’s beautiful. And (in the future) you’re never going to look at amps again and say, ‘Oh my God, ‘Neil played this at Harvest’… I feel so lucky to be a part of that, and I see it because I think we’re nearing the end of a renaissance.”

Even if Young talks to people half-jokingly with his words against artificial intelligence, the “Remember what you missed” feeling is especially true for a Greek Theater audience who can’t and won’t forget.

Chris Stills and Sharon Van Etten perform at the Autism Speaks Light Up The Blues 6 Concert at The Greek Theater on April 22, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Harmony Gerber/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 22: Willie Nelson performs at the Autism Speaks Light Up The Blues 6 Concert at The Greek Theater on April 22, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Harmony Gerber/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 22: (left to right) Stephen Stills and Neil Young perform at the Autism Speaks Light Up The Blues 6 Concert at The Greek Theater on April 22, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Harmony Gerber/Getty Images)
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