Review: Crosby and Nash, Sheffield City Hall

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IT’S now over 40 years since a trio of refugees from groups in Manchester and LA discovered they had a vocal and personal alchemy that would make them one of the best loved bands of their generation.

This City Hall date showed that for two of them, David Crosby and Graham Nash, some things don’t change.

The fiery radicalism of the 60s-70s era still burns bright, for example.

Nash railed angrily against big business, nuclear energy and the destructive consequences of organised religion, with Crosby nodding sagely at his side.

Not something often seen at gigs with this demographic.

Better still, the marvellous harmonies and engaging chemistry between the two old friends remains very much intact, as a remarkable two hour 35 minute show proved. Crosby, who spent the best part of two decades on a self-destruct setting, continues to amaze and was in remarkable voice.

With a first class band behind them - Shayne Fontayne outstanding on lead guitar - the set mixed favourites and new material.

Highlights were plentiful - including Long Time Gone, Simple Man, the always entertaining Almost Cut My Hair and a debut cover of McCartney’s Blackbird.

The set climaxed with an extended Déjà Vu, a hard rocking Wooden Ships and singalong encore Teach your Children.

Ticket prices may have been top dollar, but so was the entertainment.

Mike Russell