I thought I was too old to protest

Crosby and Nash
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the other evening I settled into my seat at the City Hall and steeled myself for a long night. I had been warned that the first set would be around an hour and a half.

Then there would be a 20-minute interval before the band would come back for another marathon session.

Not counting encores.

Lumme. These rock and rollers don’t think about their older fans, I grumbled to myself, totally ignoring the value for money about to be served up, or the fact that the ‘rock and rollers’ in question were a good few years older than myself!

As it happened, the evening flew by. This was in no small degree due to the wonderful relationship shared by David Crosby and Graham Nash which spread to the auditorium and embraced the entire audience.

They made the evening fun, entertaining and - most difficult of all - engaging.

It wasn’t an us-and-them session.

We genuinely were all in it together.

The music was sublime. The musicians were excellent. And the banter between songs was amusing and entertaining.

Even the serious stuff.

Graham Nash, you may remember him from The Hollies before he went west as a young man to become a third of Crosby, Still and Nash (then a quarter of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young), was particularly chatty.

He commented about the new look of Sheffield, congratulating the city on its fine architecture and bright appearance.

And he railed against nuclear power.

But the thing which most caught my attention was his snipe at the bankers and their cronies who have brought the world to its economic knees while somehow continuing to enrich themselves at everyone’s expense. Good trick, that.

He said that news of the little-reported anti-Wall Street protests had actually been suppressed by the big networks in the States.

But, he said with confidence, the movement is growing and will one day make a difference.

You may have heard something of these protests but if you haven’t, it’s not surprising.

It is hardly front page news this side of the Atlantic. Actually, from Mr Nash’s comments, it is struggling to get prime time poll position on the other side of the Atlantic.

In case you hadn’t heard, the Occupy Wall Street Movement is being conducted by a growing number of disenchanted citizens who are fed up with corporate greed and social inequality.

They have been staging noisy, slogan-chanting protests in a square in Manhatten’s financial district for more than three weeks. But the signal difference between these and the anti-establishment protests here, they have been generally peaceful and dignified.

This hasn’t allowed the media to hijack their protest and brand them as a band of wreckers, sharing a brain cell.

Now, it is seems, the protests are striding across the Atlantic and about to stamp their mark near London Stock Exchange on Saturday.

I thought I was too old for all of this, but I can feel the urge to pick up a placard and head for London this weekend.

Who knows, I might meet that nice Mr Nash there.