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CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG

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Freedom of Speech '06 Tour at Air Canada Centre

Monday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets on sale Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m.

Billed as "An Evening With Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young", the Freedom of Speech '06 Tour will be the quartet's first road adventure together since 2002. The shows will spotlight an extended set from CSNY, as in their past outings.

Considering these iconic singer/songwriters' reputations for outspoken dialogue, social activism, lyrical expression, musical virtuosity and artistic integrity, Freedom Of Speech '06 is certain to ring loud and clear and passionately.

Tickets*: $251.25, $126.25, $90.75, and $50.75

LIMITED NUMBER OF GOLD CIRCLE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE

Tickets available on-line at www.ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 416-870-8000 and all Ticketmaster outlets.

No first day ticket sales at Air Canada Centre box office.

*plus applicable fees and service charges

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I'm of mixed feelings about this.

When I caught the CSNY show in Toronto in 2002, it was a real roller-coaster ride, one I almost wished I hadn't gotten on. I am amazed Stephen Stills made it through the show - I thought he was going to have a heart attack right there on stage, everytime he opened his mouth. Further, the truth is, some of the C, S or N songs performed were unbelievably cheesy, like embarrasingly so. It didn't help that Neil was then pushing his latest, "Are You Passionate", that is quite frankly his worst album in years. However, when he brought the heat during the show, he annihilated the other three just with sheer conviction - further adding to the general embarrassment.

I found that show quite a chore to get through, the general enthusiasm of the people around me notwithstanding. My theory was that these people were amped up about the concept of the event, as opposed to the music itself (incidentally, it is exactly this concern that is keeping me on the fence about shelling out $125+ for Roger Waters tickets this week).

The *music* simply wasn't happening and I went home with the unsatisfied feeling of "won't get fooled again".

However, I must say that I am tremedously excited about Neil's upcoming album "Living With War" and must say that it seems entirely appropriate that he should tour some of this material with CSN, as well as hopefully featuring some material from "Prairie Wind" - a flawed but charming album. They were never afraid to speak their minds, to their great credit.

I just hope I never hear Stills' "Feed The Children" ever again. A long, succesful career does not buy a free pass for a terrible song, no matter how well-intentioned. Crosby & Nash seem to do just fine without him and based on that night in 2002, it's not hard to see why.

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I'm of mixed feelings about this.

When I caught the CSNY show in Toronto in 2002, it was a real roller-coaster ride, one I almost wished I hadn't gotten on. I am amazed Stephen Stills made it through the show - I thought he was going to have a heart attack right there on stage, everytime he opened his mouth. Further, the truth is, some of the C, S or N songs performed were unbelievably cheesy, like embarrasingly so. It didn't help that Neil was then pushing his latest, "Are You Passionate", that is quite frankly his worst album in years. However, when he brought the heat during the show, he annihilated the other three just with sheer conviction - further adding to the general embarrassment.

I found that show quite a chore to get through, the general enthusiasm of the people around me notwithstanding. My theory was that these people were amped up about the concept of the event, as opposed to the music itself (incidentally, it is exactly this concern that is keeping me on the fence about shelling out $125+ for Roger Waters tickets this week).

The *music* simply wasn't happening and I went home with the unsatisfied feeling of "won't get fooled again".

However, I must say that I am tremedously excited about Neil's upcoming album "Living With War" and must say that it seems entirely appropriate that he should tour some of this material with CSN, as well as hopefully featuring some material from "Prairie Wind" - a flawed but charming album. They were never afraid to speak their minds, to their great credit.

I just hope I never hear Stills' "Feed The Children" ever again. A long, succesful career does not buy a free pass for a terrible song, no matter how well-intentioned. Crosby & Nash seem to do just fine without him and based on that night in 2002, it's not hard to see why.

Yeah, I can respect that. I do like the Tune "Are you Passionate." He's so in tune with the world around him, he may of inadvertantley captured the "mood of the day" in his compositions, but most noticably in that particular track. And "Lets Roll" fast on the heals of his performance on "Imagine" on the Twin tower survivors benefit, certainly made waves. But it wasn't a great tour. I wonder however if it was of the collective spirit of a dejected pollulation represented in the audience following the attacks and resultant shock which may of tainted the quality of the shows.

I saw CSN sans Y in Winnipeg a few years back really hoping the latter would make a surprise appearance. They were lacking, entertaining as it was. I can only hope now that Neil has graciously offered to be a torch bearer behind the anti war movement, that CSN will rally behind too. I predict an unparalled experience by the end of this one. 2006's "Carry On" is the one I look forward to the most.

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Stills can have his off nights. But when he is on - watch out! He can really impress as well. He does still have the chops and can also play a not too shabby guitar. I saw CSN in Barcelona last summer and it was a great show. Stills was having a blast and it showed. I was at the CSNY show at the ACC in (1999?2000?) and there was nothing to complain about (other that the exhorbinant ticket price which I will reluctantly shell out again).

(last summer CSN toured with Pevar and Raymond in their band and I'm hoping that they'llbe along with CSNY, although with Neil there, I suppose you dont need a Pevar on guitar. I'm also hoping that Croz makes enough dollars on this tour to go on the road with CPR in the near future.)

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