12 October – The first show in a busy month sees me making a trip over the Pennines with Stephen and the GLW to see Crosby, Stills & Nash at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester. I’ve loved CSN since I went on a caravan holiday to Withernsea in 1970 with a portable cassette player and two tapes, Crosby Stills and Nash’s first album and the Glenn Miller Story soundtrack. Not so keen on Glenn Miller though. They’re now all in their 70s but are still excellent, using their younger band members to cover the cracks when necessary, which isn’t often. Stephen Stills is still a great guitarist and why he never gets a mention when lists are made is a puzzle to me. Almost uniquely for a band of this vintage they’re still writing and performing new songs. I could have done without the ‘choir’ sitting behind us though. Set list Set 1: Carry On/Questions; Military Madness; Long Time Gone; Southern Cross; Lay Me Down; Bluebird; Cathedral; Radio; Don’t Want Lies; Golden Days; Déjà Vu; Love the One You’re With Set 2: Helplessly Hoping; Just a Song Before I Go; Guinevere; Treetop Flyer; What Are Their Names; Burning for the Buddha; Triad; Our House; Almost Cut My Hair; Teach Your Children; Wooden Ships.
Encore: For What It’s Worth
Encore: Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want; The It-Switch; I Fought the Law; Getting Away with It; There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Encore: Passion Is No Ordinary Word; Don’t Ask Me Questions.
Encore (2): Soul Shoes.