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CSNY: Cash and Cocaine

They were one of the hottest tickets throughout the seventies, filling concert halls and stirring festival crowds wherever they went. Throw in the wildcard, Neil, and instantly arenas became stadiums for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. A vast amount of money would both be made and spent. One such summer stadium tour lurched into action in 1974. There was no new CSNY album to promote, but all four members, and especially Neil Young, had new songs to play. Promoter Bill Graham was given the job of making everyone really rich, and the cash came in. The 32-day tour soon became the most lucrative in history to that point, out-grossing the previous year’s tours by both the Stones and Zeppelin. Everyone got paid in cash, many millions came in, but it seems the four principles ended up with about $300,000 each. Where the rest went, they didn’t seem to care. With their amps cranked to 11, their shows were exhilarating, with Stills and Young indulging in many long and extremely loud guitar duels. Another indulgence came backstage as David Crosby handled the tour with drug-fueled paranoia. He kept a gun in his backpack behind the amplifiers and cocaine always at the ready. With Stills never far away, the two found an appropriate place to put it.

– Jeff Woods, “Legends of Classic Rock” Q107 Toronto

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About reallystupidrants

19, Toronto, Canada The best way to describe myself would be to list my favorite music. Metallica, Alice in Chains, Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young), Tom Petty, The Band, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers Band, Pantera, Joe Walsh, Soundgarden, The Clash, CCR, The Byrds, The Animals, Buffalo Springfield, Cream, Anthrax, White Zombie, Mother Love Bone, Rob Zombie, Deep Purple, The Police, English Beat, Alice Cooper, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Traveling Wilburys, Sex Pistols, The Flying Burrito Brothers, etc...

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