On July 9, 1974, in Seattle, Crosby Stills Nash and Young began a notorious two month 31-concert, 24 city stadium tour that has just been documented in a new box set called CSNY 1974. ( You can stream four tracks here. )
Rehearsals lasted for three weeks at Neil Young's Broken Arrow ranch in La Honda. Stills told Crawdaddy's Cameron Crowe:
The concerts were epic affairs, especially the first one which began at 9 and ended well after one in the morning and consisting of up to 40 songs ranging from the expected "Ohio" and "Our House" to solo cuts like Neil Young's "Revolution Blues" and Stills' "Change Partners".
There are also rare cuts on the new box set like "Goodbye Dick", performed five days after Nixon 's resignation.
It had been four years since all four had worked together ( which led to the Four Way Street recording) But the promise of a big pay day and the success of the Dylan and Band tour had helped convince the guys to get together. Young--barely recognizable after getting a haircut-- had released a few commercial clunkers (Journey Through the Past and Time Fades Away) and agreed to the tour as long as he had his own bus.
The Seattle concert opened with a six minute version of "Love the One You're With" and ran for three and a half hours.
-Graham Nash to Wall Street Journal
The rest of the set list looked like this:wooden ships
cowgirl in the sand
almost cut my hair
suite: Judy blue eyes
as I come of age
another sleep song
4 and 20
know you got to run
love art blues
long may you run
a man needs a maid
don't be denied
first things first
pre road downs
my favorite changes
long time gone
pushed it over the end
what are their names/Chicago
Of the camaraderie Crowe wrote:
The hostility between Stills and Young that at one time often stopped just short of onstage fisticuffs no longer hangs threateningly in the air. The same lessening of tensions since the last tour has infused the backstage atmosphere with a good deal of genuine warmth, back-slapping, hugging and verbal repartee.
It was David Crosby that called it "The Doom Tour". Why? You can read this Rolling Stone article for stories of drugs, groupies and inter-band squabbling. The tour was supposed to end in a recording session for a new album tentatively titled Human Highway ( the title cut, "Tonight's The Night" and "New Mama" were all going to Neil's contributions to the album). Obviously that never happened.
For a single soundbite try road manger Chris O'Dell's memory might explain why: