In 1967, Stephen Stills met Judy Collins and began a two-year romance with the folk legend that inspired him to write the 1969 Crosby, Stills & Nash classic “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” Now, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their relationship, Stills and Collins are teaming up for a collaborative album as well as a U.S. summer tour.
The duo are working on the still-untitled album this month and are hoping to release it sometime this summer. The trek, which features more than 20 dates, kicks off with a July 26 performance at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, and winds down with a September 6 concert in San Diego.
Interestingly, the tour will mark the first time Stills and Collins will perform on stage together. The shows will feature songs from the new album and selections from their back catalogs, while Stephen and Judy also will share stories about their eventful lives and careers and recollections of their time together.
Meanwhile, Stills is winding down a spring tour with his blues-rock band The Rides, which features Kenny Wayne Shepherd and ex-Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg. The group has two dates left on its 2017 itinerary: a pair of California festival appearances, on May 27 in Santa Cruz and May 28 in Avila Beach.
In other news, Stills is in the process of writing a self-penned memoir and his guitar work is featured on a new EP titled Walking in Twos by singer/songwriter Amanda Abizaid.
Here are all of Stills’ upcoming tour dates:
With The Rides:
5/27 — Santa Cruz, CA, Santa Cruz American Music Festival
5/28 — Avila Beach, CA, Avila Beach Blues Festival
With Judy Collins:
7/26 — Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
7/28 — Cleveland Heights, OH, Cain Park
7/30 — Overland, KS, JCCC Carlsen Center
8/1 — Denver, CO, Denver Botanic Gardens
8/3 — Steamboat Springs, CO, Strings Music Pavilion
8/5 — Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre
8/7 — Meridian, MS, MSU – Riley Center
8/9 — Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall
8/11 — Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
8/12 — Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
8/14 — Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
8/16 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/17 — New Haven, CT, College Street Music Hall
8/18 — Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
8/20 — Lowell, MA, Boarding House Park
8/21 — Great Barrington, MA, Mahaiwe PAC
8/23 — Morristown, NJ, Mayo PAC
8/25 — Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
8/26 — Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre
8/28 — Binghamton, NY, Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
9/1 — Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
9/6 — San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Sea
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