Monday, April 15, 2024

Crosby, Stills, & Nash Tribute Set to Sell Out Carnegie Hall Right Now, But Judy Collins Sends Regrets


A tribute to Crosby, Stills, and Nash is coming to Carnegie Hall in May. Already there are fans queued up to buy tickets. A sold out audience is expected.

Michael Dorf puts on these amazing tribute shows every year, and they’re always a hit. Dozens of well known musicians play the music of the honorees.

This year, I’m told, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills may take the stage themselves. Alas, David Crosby is gone and Neil Young is a curmudgeon. But Stills and Nash together are still magic. Even if they harmonize the austere home of classical music will explode. (Not literally.)

One singer who would have been more than welcome is the great Judy Collins. She was invited, but Judy’s in such demand on the concert schedule around the world that she’s got a long ago booked gig in Santa Barbara, California. She sends her regrets, explaining to me she cannot get out of it! It’s also mostly sold out — I checked!

Of course, Judy was the subject of the group’s first and most famous song, Stills’s landmark “Suite Judy Blue Eyes.” (They were a thing back in the late 60s, when Judy was topping the charts with “Both Sides Now.”) She will be hugely missed. Maybe she can tape something in advance!

Who else will perform May 13th? Dorf — who owns City Winery in every city — hasn’t revealed yet. But apparently it doesn’t matter to fans, who have clogged Carnegie Hall’s ticket system because they love love love this seminal 1970s group.

By the way, proceeds from the show will benefit music education for underserved youth, including such organizations as Grammys in the Schools, Theater Within and VH1 Save the Music.

PS Don’t call me! Call the Hall! I’m sleeping outside right now until the ticket window opens!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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