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Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Stephen Stills: Sparkle and Fade, and Sparkle Again

Even as a kid, I wondered why Neil Young so quickly figured out he wasn't going to waste his time on CSNY, while Stills continued to hang with Crosby and Nash (or rather, allowed that pair of remoras to hang onto him).  I wore out Stills' solo and Manasas albums, and it only deepened the mystery.  Or maybe not so much a mystery—the likely answer to why he soldiered on with CSN was that the paydays were addictive.  

Meanwhile, Neil was lamenting his former band becoming a museum diorama, concluding with: "...so I got bored and left them there, they were just dead weight to me.  Better down the road without that load."  Word.

I got a phone call in the middle of the night a few years ago from Mark Porter, the lead singer of the Native American band Paleface. He was pumped. "Guess who I jammed with all night?" "No idea," I said only half awake. "Stephen Stills!" he says. They were playing a gig at the Salamanca Casino in Western NY and the manager approached them at the end of the first set and told Mark that someone wanted to play with them. Mark was thrilled to learn it was Stills promptly got up on stage and played the rest of the night with them. I was already a big Stills fan but that told me alot about the man. He's in it for the music.

Really great read. Brings back some good memories.

Thanks Gary

 

i think he has serious hearing issues