Graham Nash is cautiously optimistic about a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion – with more emphasis on the word “cautiously”. The two time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee stopped by the Ron and Fez Show on SiriusXM to talk about the new paperback version of his memoir, “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life”.
Nash talked about the chances of a CSNY reunion, which he feels have dimmed because of a personal feud between David Crosby and Neil Young over comments Crosby made regarding Young’s divorce and his recently revealed relationship with actress Daryl Hannah.
When Bennington asked Graham Nash if he was holding out hope for a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion, he said,
“I don’t believe in the tooth fairy either. You know, whatever Neil wants to say is fine with me. It would be sad to me if the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young didn’t go forward because of an inappropriate statement by David to Neil about his relationship with Daryl Hannah. I mean if we’re not more grown up and if we’re not more realistic about what the true value of our friendship is, it would be very sad to me.”
The “inappropriate” comment Nash was referring to was when Crosby said, (referring to Hannah), “And I happen to know that he’s hanging out with somebody that’s a purely poisonous predator now. And that’s karma. He’s gonna get hurt. But I understand why it happened. I’m just sad about it. I’m always sad when I see love get tossed in the gutter.”
Nash agreed that the comment was inappropriate and let David Crosby know that, but added that he would hate to see the group quit playing music together because of “something so trivial”. Graham Nash is not writing off the hopes of a reunion altogether. Bennington pointed out that a Hollies reunion seemed like an impossibility at one time, but they eventually worked together again. Nash agreed and had a personal message for Neil Young.
“See you can never say never in this business, Ron. I mean you’ve got to understand, Neil Young knows what we bring to his music. He’s not a fool. He’s just a little upset right now. And I understand it. You know, he’s going through personal problems with his wife, Pegi. They’re getting divorced. You know, he’s found true love that he says with Daryl Hannah perhaps. And the ways of the heart are mysterious and I can only wish both Pegi and Neil and Daryl the very very best with their life. Let’s get on with it and let’s see what happens.”
In the early 1960s, Graham Nash co-founded the British pop group, The Hollies which had huge crossover success in the U.S. From there he, along with David Crosby and Stephen Stills, formed Crosby, Stills and Nash. They were later joined by Neil Young in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Nash wrote several of the groups hits including “Marrakesh Express”, “Our House”, “Teach Your Children” and “Just A Song Before I Go”.