Watch Stephen Stills & Neil Young Peform Together For “Mr. Soul”
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On December 10, 2007, the O2 Arena in London hosted the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert, a charity performance in honor of the late music mogul. The English rock band Led Zeppelin headlined, playing their first full-length concert in over three decades after drummer John Bonham’s death in 1980. During the band’s concert, Bonham’s son Jason Bonham played drums and sang backup on two songs.
But it wasn’t only the band that pulled off the long-awaited show. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, a legendary rock band, reunited that night as well to play a number of songs. After singing “Helplessly Hoping” with David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash on stage, Neil Young spoke for the other musicians in attendance when he declared, “Ahmet was our man. I just hope that today’s musicians have someone like Ahmet because we were really lucky.” As Crosby and Nash left, Stills and Young performed “Mr. Soul,” a song originally recorded by their first band together, Buffalo Springfield, whom Ertegun had signed to Atlantic subsidiary Atco Records. They stayed true to the original than this slowed-down Young/Stills rendition from Woodstock, with Young strumming hard on a down-tuned acoustic guitar and Stills playing cutting electric solos. After the song ended, Young turned to the heavens and thanked Ahmet.
You can watch the fantastic performance below.