David Crosby remains busier than ever at 80-years-old. He’s been receiving raves for his recently released album, For Free, and just announced a deluxe 50th anniversary edition of his 1971 solo debut, If I Could Only Remember My Name, which is due out on October 15th.
Crosby was asked about a possible reunion between Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, and explained, “No, and I don’t expect there to be — the petty-assed bull*** that goes on between us as people. Neil (Young) has got a genuine beef. I did say something bad about his girlfriend (the actor Daryl Hannah, now Young’s wife). I said I thought she was a predator. OK, he can be mad at me. That’s all right. Graham (Nash) just changed from the guy I thought was my best friend to being a guy that is definitely my enemy, so I don’t see any future there at all.”
Crosby went on to say, “I’m a very liberal guy and a modern thinker in terms of politics. Neil doesn’t really do politics. He does Neil. . . He’s probably the most self-centered, self-obsessed, selfish person I know. He only thinks about Neil, period. That’s the only person he’ll consider. Ever!” When pressed as to whether Young would agree with that, Crosby answered, “Probably. He knows himself pretty well.”
Crosby was asked about his relationship with Nash over the years — a friend who seemingly stayed in his corner during his years enslaved to drug addiction: “No! He gave the impression of looking after me, but apparently that was all just trying to keep the money coming. But there you go. . . We haven’t talked for a couple of years. And I’m not going to talk to him. I don’t want to talk to him. I’m not happy with him at all. To me, that’s all ancient history, man.”
David Crosby explained how 50 years on, Crosby, Stills, & Nash ended up where it is today — and how things got so bad: “I quit. You start out being very much in love with each other and you love each other’s music, and you’re havin’ a blast — and you wind up 40 years later, not likin’ each other and it’s down to just turn on the smoke machine and play your hits and it’s no fun. And it was stifling music for me. It was making music be no fun. It’s sort of like jumping off a cliff and then, halfway down, I put out (my solo album) Lighthouse, and that was like growing a set of wings.”