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Madison Square Garden Press
Conference to be Cybercast
Lead-in Info (pre-conference).
(more to come)
VH1's CyberCast page. (Archived press conference video now available.)
San Francisco Chronicle background interview.
SonicNet background interview.
The Tour 2000 pages, where ALL tour details will be revealed.
Tour Watch, where the latest touring news is passed on.
Other reports on the news conference:
A couple of Jam ShowBiz reports.
Another Jam ShowBiz report.
A SonicNet report.
A Launch report.
Live Daily's synopsis.
A Variety report.
Wall of Sound's report.
Rolling Stone's report.
A Reuters report.
A CNN report.
The MTV report.
A Billboard report.
An E-online report.
Last week, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young held several interviews in
San Francisco at the St. Francis Hotel, in the General MacArthur
Suite -- named after the general who uttered the famous line "I Shall Return".
The quartet, who haven't released an album together in over 10 years nor toured
since the 70s, were telling the world that they have returned. With a vengence.
Their new album, Looking
Forward, will be out on the 26th. A couple of singles from it
are already getting airplay. Early critical reports have been encouraging.
And now they're ready to announce a 40+ date US tour for early next year, dubbing
it appropriately "The CSNY2K Tour". News leaks set the tour kickoff on
January 25th in Detroit. So far there have been
rumors and news
leaks of dates in Dallas, New York, Hartford, Denver, Cleveland, Pittsburg
and Detroit. Tentative plans to take the tour to Europe are being looked at
for next summer. And considerations for extending the tour to the Pacific
region are being mulled.
We should get be getting the whole story this Tuesday, when CSNY will
be participating in a major press-conference event at Madison Square Garden.
According to VH1, the
press conference will start at Noon and will be carried live as a cybercast over
the internet. Stay tuned for further details about the event as they come in...
In preparation for the tour dates that will be announced, the
Tour 2000 pages here on HyperRust
have already been opened for business.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
bh's Report on the Cybercast
Very frustrating...after about a half hour, their server died....but it was
pretty cool to see them all together talking....although Stephen seemed to
be on a different page than the others. What's up with that?
The overall feeling I got was....I don't know....this may be a little
drastic but kinda like they're walking on eggshells to hold it all
together. They've got to avoid every little thing but the music itself so
as to avoid conflict....you know, "don't go there!" I hope they can keep
First up was Howie Klein, pres of Reprise. Only interesting thing
(beyond the PR) to my ears was that Silver and Gold is to be
the title of the next Neil....whenever that might be. A rustie came up with
that already, didn't they....just like the "csny2k" thing. Damn that
Next was the individual who's handling the tour. I lost the cast for
awhile there so I don't know if they announced the dates at that point but
we certainly will know at some point today.
Then the foursome. One of them mentioned how while they were making the
record, they couldn't talk about that fact or even admit that that's what
they were doing or it probably wouldn't have worked. They cut 21 songs and
chose 12 of them.
When asked what they would be playing on tour, Crosy said most of the new
album (obviously). Someone said that they would be playing things on the
tour that they haven't even written yet. Neil added that they'd be doing
csny songs from the future, the past and even songs before csny
history....those from the Byrds, Hollies, and Buffalo Springfield.
It was commented by both Neil and another that they would not be playing at
the Bridge School Benefit because they want to do a LOT of rehearsing
(hmmm.. where? ..I wonder) so they can play their best and they could never
have gotten that together in time for the BSB. Plus now Nash's got
to have his legs raised as much as possible.
Someone asked what has changed in each of them to make touring now
possible. Crosby mentioned that this time he's awake.....and also that
he's not dead. Stills droned on about acoustic vs. electric that didn't
seem to answer the question. Nash mentioned that now they're more mature,
compassionate and sensitive of each other's feelings and how this go-round
they had a great time making the album. Neil said they were just happy to
be together; how it's been at least 25 years since they toured and how its
the right time and it feels right. He mentioned again how they didn't plan
on making the record; it just happened...being in control of the record and
being independent, that the tour was a natural progression.
Then Neil added how it feels good and we'll see how far we can go with it.
Hopefully farther than Charlotte. :-D (Ref:
Stills/Young tour, '76.)
Crosby added that they didn't discuss business at all....just the
particular song they were working on at the time. He mentioned that they
were really not good at anything else. Neil chimed, "and the more you
listen to us talk, the more obvious that becomes."
Nash spoke next and the server died.
Horseshoe Man's report on the Webcast
Though da boyz said BSB is probably out because no time to rehearse,
there was a brief mention of why: I believe it was Graham who said that the
others were off to Europe for another press conference(s) while he
stayed home to heal. So take heart Euro-Rusties!!
The pre-conference music: Slowpoke - is OK, but prefer the wistful
solo version I believe. New Stills rocker - should be great in concert
dueling with Neil.
Stills: I didn't get the take that Stills was out of it - only that
he was letting the others field the questions (and that most of the
questions were being directed at others).... His point on the
acoustic/electric guitar thing was that touring "acoustic" with CSN and
no other backup - he always takes his electric too. And in that
configuration, with no other sounds to fill in or distract, it really
made him hear what he was playing. That he learned more about playing
on one tour than he had in the prior 15 years. Something to that effect.
Da boyz were having a good time poking fun at themselves and the
press. All were taking great effort to say how much fun they were
having and that maybe they had all learned to be more tolerant and less
judgmental of each other. R-E-S-P-E-C-T would spell it out, I'd say.
Ticket prices were announced to be $150-$200 for Golden Circle
(depending on market), and $39.50-$79 for the majority of seats.
AVerage of just over $50. Well within concert prices of this era for
comparable events (hell of a lot less than Stones).
Should be fun - if I can get tickets. By the way, saw on Pollstar
that Tickets.Com is going to try an "electric wristband" for on-line
ticket buyers starting for a few shows in November.
A few comments from RE*AC*TOR
. . . RE*AC*TOR
- Howie Klein made some kind of a cryptic remark about the two singles
from Looking Forward that would, if "added together",
rank above the current number 1. Not sure on what chart that would apply.
- Michael Cohl mentioned that there would NOT be an opening act on
the CSNY2K Tour.
- Nash's comments on his injury were something like: "Look above my knees
and I'm perfect." and "We're gonna Rock and Roll. I'm doing the rolling,
they're doing the rocking..."
- When quized on what's good about now for a tour, Croz commented:
"I'm not dead!"
Graham said: "The relationship between the four of us has absolutely
never been better."
Croz also said: "We really want to play. We're not good at anything else."
To which Neil added: "You can see THAT from this
- In response to a question about Euro-dates, Stills answered in Spanish.
Croz added that there were no commitments to Euro-dates yet.
- Stills also said: "If we don't go to South America soon, I'm gonna quit."
- Neil mentioned at one point: "We've already
started another album, and the question is whether we'll finish it."
- When asked whether CSNY would have toured if they didn't have a
new album to promote, Neil said: "I don't think
it would be any fun to tour without a new record."
- When they were asked about their ages, Croz said: "I'm a grandfather and
I'm 91 years old, but extremely well preserved."
Nash said: "Stills is 29, I'm 57 and nobody knows how old Neil is."
But Neil jumped in with: "I'm 5344 years old and
that's the same number as the Lionel 700E Hudson."
- Neil's key comment of the day: "Our music will speak
for us. There's really nothing more to say."
The list of shows for the tour is in
The Tour 2000 pages.