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2009’s CSN Demos commemorated Crosby, Stills & Nash’s harmonies by removing them. On its current tour, the trio experiences a different privation—that of sometime bandmember Neil Young. Starting with 1970’s Déjà Vu, Young served as Lennon to CSN’s three-headed McCartney—lending an edge to the feathery peace-rock, a role he filled occasionally as recently as a 2006 tour. Without him, Graham Nash will still lecture you on domestic felicity, and Stephen Stills—in what remains the ultimate expression of post-hippie compromise—will urge you to love the one you’re with. David Crosby, meanwhile, whose voice has weathered better than the others’, and who is apparently still capable of writing a multidimensional love song, will quietly carry the show—maybe because he’s the only one still capable of saying “fuck it.”
CROSBY, STILLS & NASH PERFORMS AT 8 P.M. AT THE FILENE CENTER AT WOLF TRAP, 1645 WOLF TRAP ROAD, VIENNA, VA. $42 IN-HOUSE; $25 LAWN. (703) 255-1868.