Crosby and Nash

Mandalay Bay, Sept. 9

 

David Crosby and Graham Nash—the dynamic Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame folkies—didn’t need lasers or flashy kaleidoscope backgrounds. It was all about their peaceful classic-rock music, a homecoming of good vibes and a longtime connection with fans.

The duo demonstrated their sense of humor, too. When one of the techs appeared onstage to make an adjustment, Crosby joked that he’d better get it right or he’ll have to “go back to Neil [Young].” After a fan shouted a request for “Almost Cut My Hair,” Crosby joked about male pattern baldness.

The supporting musicians were excellent. The most notable: keyboardist James Raymond, who played in rock bands in his teens before discovering that his birth father was Crosby. “Don’t Dig Here,” written by Raymond, is about keeping nuclear waste out of Yucca Mountain.

But in the end, it was all about the feeling at home with the classics: “Teach Your Children,” “Wooden Ships,” “Our House” and the Byrds’ “Eight Miles High.”

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