Peace, love, hope.

Ironically, these '60s ghosts are haunting us today, given the turbulent world situation.Far out!! What better time to slip into those bell-bottoms and shake out that social conscience. Stephen Stills is playing the Salt Palace Thursday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.

Deja vu, indeed!

Considered something of a musical boy-genius, Stills first gained fame as a founding member of the '60s group Buffalo Springfield, writing songs and playing guitar, bass, piano and organ.

After linking with David Crosby of the Byrds and Graham Nash of the Hollies to form Crosby, Stills & Nash, one of America's legendary bands was born. Neil Young (another Buffalo Springfield alumnus) joined the trio in mid-1969.

That same year, in only their second live performance, CSN&Y appeared before 400,000 "grooving" bodies at the now-historic Woodstock Festival. What followed was a phenominal first LP, "Deja Vu", which hit No. 1 album of the year on the charts.

But, much to the chagrin of their loyal following, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young disbanded a year later.

From then until now, the on-again, off-again status of the folk-rock band sounds like a soap opera. Personality problems and "superstar syndrome" tagged the foursome a publicist's headache.

Each insisted they were . . . "just four guys who like to make music and from time to time get together and do shows."

And each, in his own right, proved his individual talent with solo and occasional joint endeavors.

Still, in the memories of most of the "Me Generation" Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young represent a time of youthful idealism. One tends to remember the group, and the unique talent of each member.

Not individual problems.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young came along at a time when most acid-rock groups of the '60s were burningthemselves out and cashing in on commercialism.

America didn't have a supergroup with the mystique of the Beatles or the Rolling Stones.

But after Woodstock, Americans had an American product whom they could claim . . . a voice for their youthful rebellion . . . and their dreams for a peaceful world.

And Stills, the innovative musician and cornerstone of CSN&Y, has stood the test of time. Critically, his songs include an amazing list of anthems of a generation: "For What It's Worth," "Southern Cross," "Change Partners," and "Love The One You're With," to name a few.

Stills has stretched his creative talents in various ways, from writing musical scores for films and television to acoustic solo appearances.

But his burning political conscience and sense of community (something gleaned from the protest movement of two decades past) has guided his efforts from then to the present.

The Live Aid benefit, Vietnam veteran Welcome Home concert, and most recently, his appearance at the Berlin Wall dismantling celebration were backdrops for his impassioned pleas for those return of the friendly ghosts of an idealistic era . . . Peace . . . Love . . . Hope.

And Stills' going strong!

Tickets for the Z-93 KLZX-sponsored Stills concert are pre-inflation-priced at only $6.93 each and are available at Kirkham's Outdoor Products, all three SoundOff Record and Tape locations and the Salt Palace box office. - Jean Watkins