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July 31, 2006 10:00 ET

Off to a Rousing Start, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Historic Freedom of Speech '06 Tour Debuted in the U.S. and Canada to Major Critical Acclaim

Produced by Live Nation, the Itinerary Rocks the Still-Free World Through Mid-September

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 31, 2006 -- The North American Freedom Of Speech '06 Tour, the first road trip from legendary rock and roll supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) in four years, kicked off to great acclaim with a sold out show July 7 at the Philadelphia area's Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ. Following its U.S. debut, Freedom Of Speech '06 broke ground in Canada -- where Young was born -- on July 8 in Ottawa and then sold out in Toronto and Winnipeg before returning to the States on the 15th for a show in Minneapolis/St. Paul and three at Denver, CO's Red Rocks. The rest of the itinerary, running through Sept. 10, features coast-to-coast U.S. concerts and is currently rolling through a west coast sweep of dates before heading to the eastern seaboard in early August.

Billed as "An Evening With Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young," Freedom Of Speech '06 -- produced by Live Nation -- has no opening act, spotlighting an extended set from CSNY. Repertoire will include their classic work together, as well as favorites from their individual careers. The tour also marks the concert debut of songs from Neil Young's politically charged new album "Living With War." All four members of CSNY have a long history of socially and politically conscious music, and their classic anthems stand alongside their newest material in an unbroken chain of spirited activism.

Of the inaugural show, Vit Wagner wrote in the Toronto Star, "The free speech emphasis couldn't be more timely. The tour's kickoff... came a week or so after the U.S. Senate barely voted down a constitutional amendment that would have made it illegal to burn or otherwise desecrate the American flag." Citing Freedom Of Speech's lighter moments, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Dan DeLuca said, "There were abundant highlights. Among them: Nash alone at the piano for a sweet 'Our House,' followed immediately by Young's emotive 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart.' Nash and Crosby's harmonizing was impressive throughout." Writing for South Jersey's Courier Post, Chuck Darrow noted, "Everyone had the opportunity to strut his stuff and pull from a collective songbook that stands as one of rock's most significant... an ocean of music that was at once nostalgic and contemporary."

The Winnipeg Sun/Sun Media's Denis Armstrong headlined his piece on CSNY's Canadian debut with, "Everything old is new again for reunited, reinvigorated Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young," adding, "CSNY's music and message are as compelling today as they were nearly 40 years ago." In a piece for Australia's online music portal, Paul Cashmere wrote, "With its anti-war, anti-Bush theme, the message of Graham Nash's 'Military Madness' seemed as appropriate today as it did when it was recorded 35 years ago. Songs from the setlist seem to have been selected for their lyrical content and relationship to the theme of Young's record... The biting 'Let's Impeach The President' up against the 'Star Spangled Banner' and following another CSNY classic 'Find The Cost of Freedom' was equally potent."

Perhaps the New Jersey Star Ledger's Jay Lustig summed up Freedom Of Speech '06 best with his comment, "This show did something remarkable, establishing Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young as that ultra-rare phenomenon: a classic-rock band with a purpose."

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Tour dates:

July 30     Irvine, CA               Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 31     Los Angeles, CA          Hollywood Bowl
Aug 08      West Palm Beach, FL      Sound Advice Amphitheatre
Aug 10      Atlanta, GA              Philips Arena
Aug 12      Washington, DC           Nissan Pavilion
Aug 13      Bethel, NY               Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug 15      Uncasville, CT           Mohegan Sun
Aug 16      Boston, MA               Tweeter Center
Aug 19      Saratoga, NY             Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug 20      Holmdel, NJ              PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 22      Wantagh, NY              Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Aug 23      Wantagh, NY              Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Aug 25      Hershey, PA              Hersheypark Stadium
Aug 27      New York City, NY        Theatre at Madison Square Garden
Aug 29      Columbus, OH             Germain Amphitheater
Aug 31      Detroit, MI              The Palace at Auburn Hills
Sep 02      Indianapolis, IN         Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sep 03      Chicago, IL              First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sep 06      Milwaukee, WI            Marcus Amphitheater
Sep 07      St. Louis, MO            UMB Pavilion
Sep 10      Pittsburgh, PA           Post-Gazette Pavilion
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