Neil Young was on the Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM this morning talking for over an hour.
Rolling Stone picked out 12 highlights and you can read about them here.
Two highlights have to do with David Crosby.
“Playing with Stills and Nash in that band was really great,” Young said, purposefully not saying Crosby’s name. “I wish [Crosby] the best with his life. There’s love there. There’s just nothing else there. [A reunion] will never happen. Never happen, no, not in a million years….You have to think about things before you do them. If you make a mistake, you have to fix it right away. [A reunion] will never happen. You don’t have to worry about it. It’s easy to say ‘no.'”
At this point it appears that whatever relationship he had with Crosby is dead. What happened between them? “There’s nothing to apologize for,” Young said. “It was fixable, but it didn’t get fixed.” When Stern asked if it was Young’s fault it didn’t get fixed. “Absolutely not,” said Young. “I did everything I could to make sure it got fixed…We were together for a long time. We did some good work. Why should we get together and celebrate how great we were? What difference does it make? It’s not for the audience. It’s not for money, either. When you play music, you have to come from a certain place to do it and everything has to be clear and you don’t want to disturb that. I like to keep the love there, and if the love isn’t there, you don’t want to do it.”
Listen to the interview right now:
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4 thoughts on “Video: Listen to Neil Young Talk to Howard Stern About Why CSNY Is History, & Much More”
The SF BAY GUARDIAN is going out of business as of tomorrow and, meanwhile, people would prefer to get their news about culture from an old letch who has been irrelevant since the turn of the millennium if not well before.
Stern, that is, not you MG. But still…just effing ducky.
This is very disappointing. Back in the ’70s I wrote for the Guardian. It was one of the publications — others being City of San Francisco, the Berkeley Barb, Sundaz!, New West, San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook — where I got my start in journalism. Obviously it was a strong voice for the Left in San Francisco.
I’d much rather hear him explain why he sent all of those Lionel Train jobs out of America.
Hey Don, Neil Young is a human being. He’s not perfect. Like pretty much every artist, he fucks up. I have a problem with the fact that he claims to be an environmentalist and yet he eats meat. Animal agriculture contributes to as much as 51% of climate change. But he has made and continues to make great music. If you watched any of the videos from the Europe Crazy Horse tour you know that he is at the top of his form as a guitar player. Some of his performances were out of this world incredible. I think he is one of our greatest living musicians and as long as he makes great music I’ll keep listening.