Oh, how things can change in 40 years. 33 1/3 percent of Crosby, Stills and Nash wants absolutely zero to do with another 33 1/3 percent of the group.
Speaking to the Dutch magazine Lust For Life, Graham Nash went on a bit of rampage about David Crosby: “I don’t like David Crosby right now. He’s been awful for me the last two years. Just f*****g awful. I’ve been there and saved his f*****g ass for 45 years, and he treated me like s**t. 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. F**k you. David has ripped the heart out of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young … 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 10 years of it. Leave me the f**k alone. I need to concentrate on me now.”
Billboard reports that Nash had hoped that he, Crosby, Stephen Stills and knob-twirler Rick Rubin would get back to work on an album of covers, but that project bit the dust. In 2014, animosity between Neil Young and Crosby apparently caused Young’s exit. When Young announced to a concert crowd that he’d never play with CSN again, Crosby retorted on Twitter: “I know at least 20 better guitar players than Neil — 3 in Snarky Puppy alone.”
Crosby points to Nash’s autobiography as being a big factor in the strife among the band members. “Graham’s book is full of inaccuracies and chock-full of misinformation,” he said. “When he handed [an advance copy] to me, he said, ‘It’s too late to change anything, but here it is.’ I was very unhappy about it. It’s a very shallow, very self-serving book, and full of BS.” Crosby mentions several things in the book where he feels Nash played too fast and loose, writing “things that were not true because they would sell the book.”
These days, the Nash name is one not to be mentioned in Crosby’s presence. “I don’t want to even go there. I’m going to take the high road. I’m very, very happy. And I’m extremely happy the music is coming to me in such a wonderful way. I have a finished album in my computer, and another one on the way. My family loves me, I love them, and I’m having a blast on the road. And that’s my answer to everything.”
In my informal poll a while ago, the band received a lot of nods from you as possible performers at Desert Trip II, should there be one. Given all of the foregoing, chances of them being a part of it appear to be somewhere below zero.