Freedom of Speech 2006

As reported Monday (April 24), Crosby Stills Nash & Young will hit the road for a tour of North America which will kick off at Camden, New Jersey’s Tweeter Center at the Waterfront July 6, and wrap September 10 at the Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.

The Freedom of Speech 2006 tour is the group’s first since 2002 and tickets to the shows will range from $35 to $125 with a limited number of gold-circle tickets available as well.

The shows will include both an extended CSNY set and favorites from the singers’ individual careers. Neil Young is expected to showcase music from his forthcoming album, Living With War.

All four members of the band "believe that in light of the current environment, it's time for them to be out on the road fighting for America, and for people's rights to stand and be counted."

The itinerary for CSNY’s Freedom of Speech 2006 tour follows:

July 6 – Camden, NJ (Tweeter Center at the Waterfront)

July 8 – Ottawa, ON (Scotiabank Place)

July 10 – Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)

July 14 – Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre)

July 15 – Minneapolis, MN (TBA)

July 17 – Morrison, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)

July 20 – Phoenix, AZ (Cricket Pavilion)

July 23 – Fresno, CA (Save Mart Center)

July 25 – Concord, CA (Chronicle Pavilion at Concord)

July 27 – Auburn, WA (White River Amphitheatre)

July 28 – Ridgefield, WA (Amphitheatre at Clark County)

July 30 – Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)

July 31 – Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Bowl)

August 8 – West Palm Beach, FL (Sound Advice Amphitheatre)

August 10 – Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)

August 12 – Bristow, VA (Nissan Pavilion)

August 15 – Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Casino)

August 16 – Mansfield, MA (Tweeter Center)

August 19 – Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)

August 20 – Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)

August 22 – Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre)

August 25 – Hershey, PA (Hersheypark Stadium)

August 29 – Columbus, OH (Germain Amphitheater)

August 31 – Auburn Hills, MI (Palace of Auburn Hills)

September 2 – Noblesville, IN (Verizon Wireless Music Center)

September 3 – Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)

September 6 – Milwaukee, WI (Marcus Amphitheatre)

September 7 – Maryland Heights, MO (UMB Bank Pavilion)

September 10 – Burgettstown, PA (Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake)

Stonewall Update

Josh Parker called to update me on his band, a three-piece that kicks ass like the power trios of yore (Mountain, Cactus, Three Man Army) that I used to bug the neighbors with in my teenage years.

The band has a show at Royal Flush Friday, with their house band supporting.  The Springfield venue has been a good fit, Josh says, though it looks like they've abandoned the four band Sunday night habit for two band shows on Fridays or Saturdays.

Two weeks from Saturday, Stonewall has a date at Charlestown's Heritage, where the band, Josh says, "has to keep to volume down so we don't piss off anybody."  Canoe Club South?

June 3 they'll present their first Knights Hall show in Claremont, where they teamed countless times with Hexerei and won the 2005 Battle of the Bands.  On the bill with Stonewall are Broken Mindz, Guttermind, X Element, and Snox & the Voodoo Henchmen.  The last band is Rock 93.9 DJ duo Matt Cross and Steve Smith's fun little side project.  DJ Stax spins between sets.

Finally, the mystery of the band's name persists.   They're still Stonewall, under legal duress, and still looking for a new moniker.  I suggested Stonewall VT, a la Beat UK.  Really, though, they ought to face facts – this is the Josh Parker Band.  He is, after all, the only remaining member of the original combo.

Just a suggestion.