Stephen Stills & Neil Young Reunite At L.A. Autism Benefit
Stephen Stills and Neil Young teamed up on Saturday night (April 22nd) for the 2023 “Light Up The Night” benefit at L.A.’s Greek Theater, marking the pairs first joint performance in four years. Stills and wife Kristen launched the charity gig back in 2013 to benefit and support Autism Speaks. The organization is near and dear to Stills’ heart with his adult son Henry on the autism spectrum.
In addition to sets by Willie Nelson, his sons’ band Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and others, Joe Walsh was a surprise guest performing his classics “Life’s Been Good” and “Rocky Mountain Way.” Stills’ son Chris Stills played his own set, with then late-David Crosby‘s son — and longtime Crosby, Stills, & Nash bandmate James Raymond performing on keyboards as part of the house band.
Rolling Stone reported Graham Nash, who is currently out on the road, sent a tribute to David Crosby that featured archival footage of him, Crosby and jazz great Wynton Marsalis performing “Croz’s” “Guinnevere” at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Neil Young and Stephen Stills — together and apart — treated the crowd to some of rock’s most beloved songs of the past five decades including such solo, Buffalo Springfield, and CSNY favorites as “Wooden Ships,” “Love The One You’re With,” “Helplessly Hoping,” “On The Way Home,” “Everybody’s Wrong,” “For What It’s Worth,” “Bluebird,” and “Mr. Soul.”
A while back, Stephen Stills shed light on his longtime friendship and frequent partnership with Neil Young: “He’s also one of my best friends. I can always talk to him about anything. I think we bring the best out of each other. He’s not quite so bitter, y’know, not quite so tart when he’s with us — and I think it serves him well.”