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Thursday, November 07, 2013

David Crosby on CSNY in 2014 | Rolling Stone

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Earlier this week, we posted links over to some recent interviews with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills. And -- as usual -- any comment by C, S, or N, about Y manage to fire some folks up over in the comments threads.

We must say, the relationship of CSN&Y is -- in the parlance of our times -- quite complicated.

So here's another brick in the CSN&Y wall. From David Crosby Reveals Details of Solo Tour and CSNY 1974 DVD | Music News | Rolling Stone by Andy Greene:
"I don't know what's going to happen with my summer," he says. "It will either by CSN or, and I hesitate to even say it, but the Bridge School Benefit went well the other week, so possibly CSNY. But that's a complete unknown quantity until I hear something from Neil."

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young played their first gig since 2006 at the Bridge School Benefit in late October. Did Young bring up the possibility of a tour at any point? "No," says Crosby. "He was, as usual, concentrating on the music. But you know Neil, he's got his antennas up. He is paying attention. He may not look like it, but he is. The shows felt really good, so that bodes well. We have no idea though. I stress that. I repeat that. We have no idea."

The quartet performed Neil Young's new song "A Singer Without a Song" as well as at the new Stephen Stills composition "Don't Want Lies" at the show. "It made me really happy," says Crosby. "I love Neil's new song. I thought it was beautiful. Graham [Nash] has a new song he wrote with my son James called "Burning for the Buddha" that's so much fun to do onstage. There's life in this. A person's work is the window into their soul. If you see new work, quality work, coming out of us, then we are not dead."

One might think that Neil Young will have to determine whether or not he wants to do a CSNY tour next year sometime within the next few months so organizers have time to book it. "That's sensible and logical," says Crosby. "But that doesn't always apply with Neil. It would be nice to know sometime soon, but I can't torture myself about it . . . I would dearly love for it to happen, but it's not up to me. I'm not in charge. I do think there is more music to be made, really good music. I love it when it's just the four of us onstage with acoustic guitars, a piano and a pump organ. That's because it becomes all about the songs. It really strips it all down."
2014 Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tour? 1974 tour box set?

In the parlance of our times -- it's all so complicated.

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At 11/07/2013 08:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These 4 Carnegie Hall shows are quite a mystery. I'd be surprised if a full solo tour doesn't grow around those dates, but you never know.

I'll take Neil solo over CSNY any day.

- vertigone

 
At 11/07/2013 09:36:00 PM, Anonymous Soldier Steve said...

Me Too, Neil Solo Over CSNY is What Would Be Awesome, But Im Sure Poncho's Hand Is Cured And The Horse In The Stall Is Kicking Their Feet. They Have Some Unfinished Music To Make, The Europe Tour Was Amazing,Just Listen To Ramada Inn,Surfer Joe,WLAG,Powderfinger,Like A Hurricane,Mr. Soul. The Last ShoW In Oslo Was Spectacular. Bring On The Horse Neil. Leave CSN behind,Like Dead Weight To Me.

 
At 11/08/2013 04:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CSNY box set 1974 - someone will put their finger in this pie!

After 30 years of nothing significant I cant see the relevance of CSNY.

 
At 11/08/2013 10:13:00 AM, Anonymous Luc said...

Relevance of CSNY ???
As far, and for as much as I know Neil Young. He, and only he, will decide whether the Horse, Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, or even the Squires are relevant for his state of mind at that particular moment.
As Neil himself has put it : Fuck the audience. And that is not ment in a negative way. Whatever he does, how he does it, with who, where and when...there always will be fans who do not agree, want something else, another song, no new songs, no old songs, no electric gig, no accoustic gig, no solo gig....
So, even for a living legend as Neil Young, pleasing fans, and in extension, audiences is as much as a Mission Impossible. So, I'll take any way he shows up, and try to see him more dan once, cause every gig is different, and every song turns out to be a little different than the night before, or he surprises with a forgotten jewel...
So, knowing he's not getting YOUNG-er, lets cherish, aknowledge, and enjoy his music, his (temporary) partnerships on stage,...as long as we can.
and as an afterthought, this too must be told : Neil, You still got to make up for the cancellation of Pukkelpop. So : Europe and Belgium are waiting for you ! :-)
Peace and Love !

 
At 11/08/2013 10:29:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

Well, we have to admit, that all of the CSNY drama over the decades has been nothing but fascinating.

For us, one of the high points over he past year has been "Walk Like a Giant". The lines seemed to reflect those days when CSNY for a brief moment were truly giants. They recognized it but it slipped from their grasp with eternal regret.

They blew it and they knew it.

So everything is an attempt to try and re-capture the magic. But it was a moment in time that will never be again -- at least for CSNY.

All that said, not to re-hash the Rolling Stones analogy, but who else carries the torch to pass along?

Afterall, isn't that what this is all about?

Who will carry the flame?

 
At 11/09/2013 02:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They blew it up their noses! Yeah, and they walked like giants all right. Giant assholes.

If you're looking for a band to look up to, I think I know of one. A band that cares about social issues, spurned fame, single hand-idly took on Ticketmaster, and to this day reserves the BEST seats in the house for their fans. They always play passionate shows that aim to please and not once have they ever price gouged their fan base. Yeah, I'm talking about Pearl Jam.

Hmmmm? I don't know of many other bands that do all that. Wilco's pretty good to its fan base. What was the question again?! Something about the Olympics?

Negative Man

 
At 11/09/2013 06:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Thrasher Wheat:

Yeah, I think you're right. CSNY was at the height of their fame arguably the biggest band in the world. If they kept making albums together they could've been just as big as the Stones or the Beatles.

Great CSNY albums could have been compiled from Stills early solo work, Crosby's debut, Nash first two albums, the Crosby & Nash collaborations, and Neil Young was writing so much he could easily miss a couple of tunes.

Although their output is pretty rich, it would have been better known had it appeared under the CSNY-flag.

 
At 11/10/2013 06:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thrasher I really Think Walk Like A Giant has everything to do with the environment and politics and nothing to do with anything so mundane as the internal machinations of a rock band.Any opinions?

 
At 11/11/2013 01:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful photo of David.

 

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