Graham Nash will perform his first two solo albums in their entirety in New York City later this year. Nash and his band will tackle both 1971's Songs For Beginners and 1974's Wild Tales from top to tail on September 27th at Manhattan's Town Hall Theatre. Tickets for the historic show go on sale this morning (March 15th) at 10 a.m. ET.
During a chat with The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nash was asked if there's any hope for us seeing a 50th anniversary reunion of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young any time soon. He answered, “No, there’s none at all, and there won’t be. And the truth is, none of us are speaking to David (Crosby). Not me, not Stephen (Stills), not Neil (Young). And that’s the way it is. We have to like and love each other to be able to make great music. And I understand the financial implications. I understand the need for CSNY to raise their voices, particularly in this political climate today, but we have to like each other. And we don’t want to do it if we don’t like each other.”
Regarding the other big 50th anniversary this year, the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival, Nash explained, “Woodstock was a very interesting experience. It was the beginning and the end of things. It was the end of people getting together in a garage and trying to make music. As soon as the powers that be that sell you Coca Colas and Nike sneakers realized, 'Wait, 300, 400,000 kids, we can sell them anything?' That was the beginning of corporate intrusion into music. But we did the 25th anniversary, and that seemed like a long time ago, and now it’s 50 years, yikes. There were other attempts to re-create it, and they tried to sell water to people for $12 a bottle. It just became too much. And I’ve been invited to play the 50th, but I’m not inclined to do it.”
Graham Nash told us that his acoustic shows have brought him closer to his audience than ever before: “They more and more seem to think I’m one of them, and I like that a lot. ‘Cause I don’t want it to be, y’know, a bunch of people looking at some guy onstage as a star, y’know? Whatever we have done in our lives, every single decision we have ever made, up to this point will bring us to the show. So, why not have the best time? Why not have me do my job, which is as a musician, I go there, I sing songs, I hope to touch their hearts, I hope to touch their minds, I get paid money, and they leave smiling. What’s wrong with this picture?”
UPDATED: Graham Nash North American tour dates (subject to change):
March 15 – Munhall, PA Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall March 16 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre March 17 – Chicago, IL – Athenaeum Theatre March 20 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre March 22 – Carmel, IN – The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts March 23 – Chattanooga, TN – Walker Theatre March 25 – Vienna, VA – The Barns At Wolf Trap March 27, 28 – Vienna, VA – The Barns At Wolf Trap March 29 – Morgantown, WV – West Virginia University Creative Arts Center March 31 – Wilmington, DE – The Queen April 22 – Hopewell, VA – Beacon Theatre April 3 – Raleigh, NC – Fletcher Opera Theatre April 4 – Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater September 27 – New York , NY – Town Hall Theatre September 28 – Albany , NY – The Egg September 29 – Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center