Neil Young drops the ditch to praise David Crosby
New York: Neil Young hailed the late David Crosby as the “soul” of their supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, paying tribute on Friday to the former bandmate with whom he shared a decade-long feud.
Crosby, the singer-songwriter who broke rock boundaries as a co-founder of CSNY as well as The Byrds, died this week at the age of 81.
Crosby’s whims with Young as well as Graham Nash and even Stephen Stills at times were well-documented, and have been cited as a reason the band behind hits like “Ohio” broke up — multiple times.
Their last appearance as a quartet was in 2013 at a gala, after which Young and Crosby parted ways over derogatory comments the notoriously brash Crosby made about Young’s partner.
Crosby attempted to apologize, but the damage was done.
But after Crosby’s death, Young focused on his longtime collaborator’s artistry and their band’s legend.
“David’s voice and energy were at the heart of our band,” Young wrote on his website. “His great songs represented what we believed in and it was always fun and exciting to play together.”
“We had so many great times, especially in the early years. Crosby was a very supportive friend early in my life as we shared big chunks of our experience together,” the performer continued. from “Heart of Gold”. “David was the catalyst for a lot of things.”
“Thank you David for your spirit and your songs, I love you man. I remember the best times!”
When news of Crosby’s death broke the day before, Nash had also put aside his estrangement with his collaborator to honor his legacy: “David was fearless in life and in music.”
“He leaves behind a huge void in terms of personality and talent in this world.”
And Stills, the only member of the band who still spoke to Crosby at the time of his death, called him a “giant musician”. (AFP)