David Crosby says CSNY reunion up to Neil Young

Band has not been active for four years

Fans hoping for a potential Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (CSYN) reunion tour may be disappointed, according to David Crosby. Crosby recently spoke with SiriusXM’s Storme Warren on the matter and says the band’s future plans are completely in the hands of Neil Young.

“I don’t think we really hate each other, but no, we haven’t tried to talk to each other,” Crosby says. “There’s an obvious thing. I mean, I’ve had people approach me already and say gigantic numbers. There’s only two bands from Woodstock that are still alive, man. There’s Carlos [Santana] and us. And it is, of course, on a lot of people’s minds, some of whom have many, many millions of dollars. So, I figured that somebody is going to Neil [Young], and it’s always up to Neil.”

He continues, “Trust me. If we put twenty thousand people in the stadium, Neil brought ten [thousand], and that’s the truth of it. You go on any other thing, you’re deceiving yourself. It is Neil’s choice. And he might want to and he might not. He’s a very mercurial dude. If he decides to and he calls me up and says he wants to do it, fine. I will do it in a hot minute.”

The group — Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Young — have been on again and off again since its inception in 1968 when it initially started as Crosby, Stills and Nash (CSN). Young later joined as the group’s fourth member, but stepped away in 2015 after Crosby called Young’s now wife Darryl Hannah a “purely poisonous predator.”

Crosby later apologized, stating, “I have screwed up massively. Daryl Hannah never wound up in a Texas prison [like I did]. I’m screwed up way worse than that girl. Where do I get off criticizing her? She’s making Neil happy. I love Neil and I want him happy.”

Young reacted by stating that CSNY would never play together again “in a million years.”

In 2016, Nash told the Dutch magazine Lust for Life that he and Crosby had bad blood and couldn’t continue CSN. He wouldn’t elaborate on what happened between the pair, but stated, “I don’t like David Crosby right now. He’s been awful for me the last two years, just fucking awful. I’ve been there and saved his fucking ass for 45 years, and he treated me like shit. You can’t do that to me. You can do it for a day or so, until I think you’re going to come around. When it goes on longer, and I keep getting nasty emails from him, I’m done. Fuck you. David has ripped the heart out of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.”

He continues, “How can I not be sad? Look at the music we probably lost. How can I not be sad about that? The truth is, after being totally immersed in me and David and Stephen and Neil’s music, I’m done. I’ve had ten years of it. Leave me the fuck alone. I need to concentrate on me now.”

The same year, he told Billboard that there was no chance for another CSN tour or record as of that time. “Right now, I don’t want anything to do with Crosby at all. It’s just that simple. In my world there will never, ever be a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young record and there will never be another Crosby, Stills & Nash record or show. I was letting Crosby be who he is. I let people play their hand in front of me, and I let him do it and then I make a decision.”

The foursome last performed together in 2013 at Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert, according to Consequence of Sound. CSN reunited for a couple of tours the following two years, but have remained inactive since 2015.

Buddy Iahn
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