Stephen Stills’ Rides Debuts
Stephen Stills and his new band, The Rides, kicked off their month-long tour Wednesday night in New York City with the first of two shows at the Iridium jazz club, a few blocks north of Times Square.
With legendary blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg and guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Stills and company did songs off their debut album, Can’t Get Enough, as well as selections from their solo careers, including “For What It’s Worth” and “Love the One You’re With” from Stills and “Blue on Black” from Shepherd. They ended the 90-minute show with Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” which they do on the album.
Backing them on drums was Chris Layton who is in Shepherd’s band but made his mark with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. And on bass is Kevin McCormick from the CSN band.
Sitting at the first table right off the stage was Judy Collins, a former girlfriend of Stills and the inspiration for “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” She was with her husband and came prepared with ear plugs as Stills still cranks up the volume.
Show number-two is Thursday night.