Watch Neil Young and Stephen Stills Pay Tribute to David Crosby at L.A. Benefit Concert

The Greek Theater set marked Young's first headlining appearance since pre-pandemic times

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Apr 24, 2023

If you aren't counting his surprise appearance in Victoria this past February, Neil Young made his first headlining performance since the onset of pandemic at an autism benefit concert alongside Stephen Stills and other musical guests in Los Angeles. 

On Saturday (April 22), Young headlined the annual Light Up the Blues concert, hosted by Kristen and Stephen Stills at L.A.'s Greek Theater. The evening also featured performances by Joe WalshWillie Nelson, Sharon Van Etten, Chris Stills, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

During his time onstage, Young got together with Stills — his longtime bandmate in Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — to pay tribute to their late friend and collaborator David Crosby. You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance below.

After beginning his 11-song performance with solo staples "Frank Hank to Hendrix," "Comes a Time" and "Heart of Gold," Young was joined by Stills to bust out Buffalo Springfield classics like "For What It's Worth," "On the Way Home" and more. The two also played CSNY's "Helpless," ahead of being joined by Walsh for "Mr. Soul."

Graham Nash, who had prior performance commitments of his own, joined the evening via video. "David was my best friend for almost 50 years. I'm going to miss him terribly in my life. I think about him every day," Nash shared [via Rolling Stone], ahead of the audience being treated to video of himself and Crosby performing "Guinnevere" in 2013 with Wynton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Young's next concert appearance will come days from now in celebration of Willie Nelson's birthday. Earlier this year, he and his Crazy Horse bandmates delivered All Roads Lead Home as Molina, Talbot, Lofgren and Young.

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