Hot off their show in Atlanta, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers rolled into Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night, giving Music City a heavy dose of the good ol' rock 'n roll.
Rock legend goes that David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash discovered their unique vocal blend at a party at Cass Elliot's house in Laurel Canyon in July 1968 when Nash asked Stills and Crosby to sing a new song by Stills, "You Don't Have To Cry," with Nash improvising a second harmony. Forty-two years after that special day in the summer of '68, the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame trio still creates that magic on stage. Opening with an electric "Woodstock," CSN bounded straightaway into "Military Madness" before slowing it down a bit for Crosby's funky "Long Time Gone." Neil Young's "Long May You Run" began the group's medley of covers, which included an arena-sized sing-a-long of the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday." Perhaps the highlight of the night was Nash and Crosby's transcendent reading of "Guinevere," but the double-encore of "Love the One You're With" and "Teach Your Children" wasn't too shabby either.
"How about that Crosby, Stills and Nash?" Tom asked as the band took the stage, the capacity crowd howling their approval. "Kings Highway" returned to the set on Thursday night while the one-two punch of "Running Man's Bible" and "I Should Have Known It" continues to be a deadly Mojo combination. And the anthemic "Don't Come Around Here No More" absolutely rocked Bridgestone Arena, which no doubt pleased producer Dave Stewart standing sidestage, a black hat and dark sunglasses barely disguising his wide grin.
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