1. Old dudes playing for old people is getting really old. The WaMu show will be filled with folks who remember a time before Stephen Stills and Neil Young hitched up with these guys. The Sasquatch! crowd will be filled with a bunch of listeners whose only experience with "Military Madness" is Port O'Brien's cover Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold's on Be Yourself: A Tribute to Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners.
2. The Sasquatch! crowd will stand up. Ever seen a Tom Petty show? The man is still great. But his fans are getting tired. They've become shockingly sedate affairs. But a few years ago, when Petty played the Pemberton Music Festival in B.C., the all-youngin' crowd went nuts. They crowd-surfed. They sang along to every song. They got sloppy and silly. And the band ate it up. Mike Campbell even came out and took a few pictures of the audience. It was nuts.
3. WaMu Theater is a hole. This point is undeniable. When was the last time you wanted to see a show in a convention center?
4. David Crosby & Graham Nash inspired many of today's "Sasquatch!" acts. Next to Brian Wilson, is anyone as referenced as inspiration as much as the Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young family tree? Bringing this pair to Sasquatch! would complete the circle.
5. I want to hear them play "Midnight Rider" at the Gorge. When I spoke to Nash last year, he said CSN were at work with uber-producer Rick Rubin on a covers album that would likely include hits like "Norwegian Wood," "Ruby Tuesday," and the Allman Brothers' great "Midnight Rider." The band announced last month that they'd split with Rubin and Columbia Records, putting the album in serious jeopardy. But I'd still like to hear them play "Midnight Rider." It just won't be the same in WaMu.