Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young played the only small-hall show of their Freedom of Speech tour last night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. As has been the program on this tour, they played nearly every song from Young’s recent anti-Bush album, Living With War, and the crowd ate it up. Stephen Stills’ voice has suffered some wear and tear over the past few decades, but his guitar playing was in top form. During an epic show closing “Rocking In The Free World,” he proved himself to be a more than capable substitute for Crazy Horse guitarist Frank Sampedro. Considering the band’s advanced age and Young’s on again/off again interest in his old group, this could well be the last go round. If so, they’re going out on top.
Minutes before the show began, an incredibly random celebrity trifecta of Patti Smith, Salman Rushdie and Donald Trump took their seats near the front. Rushdie and Trump were seated next to each other and chatted it up like old buddies, pausing only for Trump to sign something for a little girl. During a sing-along “Let’s Impeach the President” The Donald stood up, clapped and sang along, despite the fact he gave the maximum donation of $2,000 to Bush in 2003 (to be fair: he gave the same to Kerry, and the majority of his donations are to Democrats).