Nash’s Landing: Graham Nash Arrives at The Spectrum


Graham Nash arrives by helicopter transport in the Spectrum parking lot for the first of two Crosby, Stills and Nash shows at the Spectrum. June, 23, 1977. © ROGER BARONE 1977

Graham Nash arrives by helicopter transport in the Spectrum parking lot for the first of two Crosby, Stills and Nash shows at the Spectrum. June, 23, 1977. © ROGER BARONE 1977

Crosby, Stills and Nash: June 23, 1977

After unloading the CSN trucks, I was asked to escort Crosby, Stills and Nash into the Spectrum. They were flying in by helicopter, I was told, and  arriving shortly. A few minutes later,  I heard the feint sounds of rotating chopper blades in the distance. Looking up, I spotted a yellow and white helicopter, arcing in flight as it prepared to land.

I began shooting a series of images, following its flight path. Through my 200 mm lens, I could see  Graham Nash, wearing a white shirt, looking out  through a window. When I greeted Nash, he flashed a big smile and shouted loudly (compensating for the dopler-like din of rotating blades).

“I beat the F..KERS [Crosby and Stills] they didn’t want to fly!”

After posing for pictures with Nash, we  escorted him through the employee’s entrance located on the  south side of the building,  just past the Ovations Club.

As he entered the arena, I gave him a red T-shirt with “Spectrum” printed in white letters across the chest (our official changeover crew uniform).

Stills arrived about a half-hour later by limosine. Crosby was a no-show for the late-afternoon rehearsal.

Nash was one of the friendliest stars I’ve ever met. He spoke with everyone–generously sharing his time and cordiality.

© roger barone 1977

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~ by photosfromphilly on May 4, 2009.

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