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Crosby, Stills and Nash Put on Hall of Fame Performance in Cleveland

Four decades later, Crosby Stills and Nash still rock like it was 1969.

American novelist Bernard Malamud once stated; "The past exudes legend: one can't make pure clay of time's mud. There is no life that can be recaptured wholly; as it was."

With the Rock and Roll city serving as an eclectic backdrop, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash proved to be pure Legend and did just that.

After four decades since their appearance at Woodstock, CS&N proved they still got what it takes to move a crowd on the third of 70 stops throughout the United States in Cleveland.

Not only was the trio's influence on American music evident, as a sellout crowd of more than 5,000 left pleased, many of CS&N's harmonic melodies and acoustical playings, went more than five minutes, and transcended one back to the psychedelic era.

After opening with Carry On, the trio--who are enshrined just up the street in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame--mixed things up with songs that were personal and once had great meaning such as Nash's Military Madness, Marrakash Express and got intimate with Still's Southern Cross.

CS&N also mixed new with old, including the very political Almost Gone. Sung by Nash and written by keyboard player James Raymond (Crosby's son), it's about Bradley Manning, a U.S. soldier held captive by the government for being a whistle-blower on Wikileaks, and stayed true to their political activist roots.

But it was Radio, a song by Crosby that got the biggest ovation of the two.

"I like it because its not a ballad," Crosby said. "It's a very positive song, one of the most positive I've ever written."

As night fell upon the city, CS&N kicked things up a notch, and despite the fact Ohio was missing from the tunes they chose, it didn't matter.

Fans got more nostalgic and began wiggling, waggling, dancing and singing, while CS&N went more to a rock show than acoustical.

Accompanied by a five piece band, that included Cleveland native son and bass player Kevin McCormick, both Crosby and Nash's solos seemed not to lose a beat from days gone.

Perhaps the quietest of the night occurred when Crosby, who was dazzling with his vocals, picked up a guitar and teamed with Nash while singing the ballad Guinnevere.

But it didn't last long, especially when the band saluted all the teachers in the audience, with the song Teach the Children.

One fan, Joel Melvin, a Special Ed teacher who waited an hour in line for a floor seat, showed the electricity the band brought with them as he pumped his fists in the air, and let out a loud cheer.

Then there was Nash's stunning rendition of Our House. "Lets try this one," Nash screamed out to the crowd as he began, then yelled " Let me hear ya"  - with a response not only deafening but even louder as he took to the organ.

Starting with Southern Cross, a song that seemed to grasp the passion of the crowd to a long version of the cosmic Deja Vu, Still's guitar playing was rip-roaring, astonishing and masterful throughout the night.

Even today, both Nash and Crosby, along with the crowd seemed in awe of his guitar expertise.

CS&N saved their best for last when they broke out into a rare performance of Judy Blue Eyes for the encore.

Perhaps the only difference from when they first released it off the groups self titled album in 1969, it, were that the majority of lighters were replaced by cell phones.

For a trio nearing their 70s, They prove beyond a doubt that age is still just a number.

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