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Graham Nash - Royal Concert Hall 21/09/2023

25 Sep 2023
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Graham Nash - Royal Concert Hall 21/09/2023

Graham Nash remains a true legend in the industry and his music still remains relevant and meaningful in our ever-changing world.

Its a rare and special occasion when a music legend like Graham Nash graces the stage, and on this occasion, the Royal Concert Hall in the heart of Glasgow was center stage for the Hollies co-founder, a huge 2 hour double set awaits the audience.

The stage was set with an array of guitars, including Nashs signature Martin, a grand piano, and an assortment of memorabilia, setting the scene for a trip down the memory lane of rock and folk history. The lights dimmed, the crowd hushed, and Graham Nash and his band walked on stage, greeted by thunderous applause and cheers.


Graham Nash, photo by Stewart Fullerton

The 2 sets mostly consisted of Crosby, Stills and Nash covers, with the show starting with "Wasted on The Way", "Marrakesh Express", "Find the Cost Of Freedom" and many others, Nash also played the Neil Young song "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" in dedication to "a dear Scottish friend" with some of his family in attendance on the night.


Graham Nash, photo by Stewart Fullerton

This wasnt just a concert, this was also about Graham opening his heart out to the crowd about his life in general and his heartbreak of losing his bandmate David Crosby in January this year, "I am still in deep shock" he said, "David was an incredible and unique musican, he wrote songs like no other and I miss him dearly", Nash then played "To The Last Whale" in dedication to his bandmate.


Graham Nash, photo by Stewart Fullerton

The first set was about to draw to a close as Nash performed a Beatles cover of "A Day In The Life" and finishing the first set with "Love The One Youre With", Nash then introduces the band to the audience, especially the guitarist who has played with Bruce Springsteen in the past and claimed to be a fan of The Hollies since he was 12, "Well take a small break and get a chance to pee" said Nash, as the first set ended.

The show resumed 20 minutes later, beginning with Joni Mitchells "A Case of You" as well as one of Nashs own, "Love of Mine" which he said that he wrote after a argument with his wife. He then played Southbound Train and Taken at All once again in loving memory of Crosby, "There were 2 songs that we both wrote" he explained to the audience.


Graham Nash, photo by Stewart Fullerton

Nash also paid tribute to his other bandmate Stephen Stills, who he regarded as one of the most important musical partners of his life, Cathedral was played with a member of the audience screaming "My favourite song!!!".... "Ok, shut up!" Nash jokingly replied.

After talking to the audience about meeting Donna Leon in Washington, the emotional high point of the evening came at the last song before the encore "Our House," when Nashs voice blended with the audiences in a powerful sing-along that sent the adrenaline pumping, the moment really showed that music brings people together. Nash said his farewells before returning on stage to play Buddy Hollys "Everyday" and "Teach Your Children" as the gig concluded.


Graham Nash, photo by Stewart Fullerton

The concert was far from a sellout, with several parts of the RCH laying bare, but in the end, Graham Nashs performance on the night was nothing short of formidable. He proved that he can still captivate and inspire an audience like no other even after all of these years in the industry. The people who did attend the show left the venue with their spirits lifted and their satisfaction full. Graham Nash remains a true legend in the industry and his music still remains relevant and meaningful in our ever-changing world.

 

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