Classic rock legends Crosby, Stills & Nash will perform their career-spanning hits as well as new songs as they stop at The Pearl in the Palms Hotel and Casino during the summer 2014 tour.
The classic rock group Crosby, Stills & Nash was one of the most successful touring and recording acts of the late '60s and '70s. The band was formed in California in 1968 by former Hollies member Graham Nash, ex-Buffalo Springfield member Stephen Stills and former Byrds guitarist David Crosby.
Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Neil Young) were known for their vocal harmonies and varied style, which ranged from folk to hard rock. Their debut self-titled album was released in 1969 and included two Top 40 hits, "Marrakesh Express" and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." The album peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Top Pop Album chart and propelled the band to stardom. It also features some of the group's best known songs including "Wooden Ships" and "Helplessly Hoping."
Not only was the album a success, but the group's sound helped influence rock music to move in a new direction by utilizing folk, blues and jazz in a way that didn't replicate what was already being done in the music scene.
The album's success spawned a tour and the need for more members to perform the songs live. Leading up to that, Stills had recorded the majority of the instrumental parts. As a result, singer/songwriter Neil Young was added to the band. Their first gig was on Aug. 17, 1969 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. The following day they performed their second show at Woodstock. In 1970 the group released their first album with Young, "Déjà Vu." The highly-anticipated album rose to the top of the charts and contained three hit singles. After hearing about the Kent State shootings, which took place that same year, Young was inspired to write the song "Ohio." It was released weeks later and became another Top 20 hit for the group.
The band's quick rise to fame also resulted in a strained relationship between its members. By the end of their 1970 tour the group disbanded. Recordings from the tour were featured on the double album "Four Way Street" released in 1971.
In the following years the four members each found success through solo efforts. Nash and Crosby also paired up and released an album as a duo called "Graham Nash David Crosby." It peaked at No. 4 on the pop album chart.
In 1974 the group reunited to embark on the first outdoor stadium tour. While their performances were remarkable, the in-fighting between the members was not as harmonious. With the group unable to commit to a new album, Crosby and Nash reunited as the duo act Crosby & Nash. They toured regularly and released two albums, "Wind On the Water" and "Whistling Down The Wire."
Meanwhile Stills and Young pursued solo careers. They also united for a tour and an album, "Long May You Run," by The Stills-Young Band. Unable to reconcile, a new album wasn't released by some form of the band for several years. Finally in 1977 Crosby, Stills & Nash released "CSN," which featured the hit "Just a Song Before I Go." The album was another success.
In 1982 the trio released another Top 10 album, "Daylight Again." Afterwards, the group was faced with more obstacles as a result of Crosby's drug use and disagreements within the band. They put out several albums but none of them had the success of their earlier releases.
Crosby, Stills & Nash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. They are the only band to have all of their members inducted twice. Crosby was inducted with the Byrds in 1991, Stills as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997 and Nash as a member of the Hollies in 2010.
In 2003 their debut album made headlines again when "Rolling Stone" magazine ranked it at 259 in their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The four members reunited in 2006 for the "Freedom of Speech" tour in support of Young's album, "Living with War." Since then some form of the group has continued to perform. In 2008 Crosby, Stills & Nash performed their song "Teach Your Children" on "The Colbert Report." The group released "Demos" in 2009, and that same year they headlined the 14th annual Gathering of the Vibes festival. "CSN 2012," a CD and DVD release that documented the group's 2012 tour was released in 2012.
All three performers continue to work on solo projects. Crosby has released CROZ, his first solo album in 20 years. Stills just announced a 17-date solo tour and "Carry On," a four-CD box chronicling Stills’ career—produced by Nash and Joel Bernstein—also came out in 2013. Nash just finished a solo tour—followed by an ongoing book tour for his autobiography "Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life."
CSN's performance in Las Vegas will be accompanied by its backing band featuring: Shane Fontayne (guitar), Steve DiStanislao (drums), Kevin McCormick (bass), James Raymond (keyboards) and Todd Caldwell (organ).
While the group had its fair share of up and downs over the years, their musical, political and cultural influence is undeniable.