Neil Young shared a tribute to former bandmate David Crosby who died yesterday (January 19) at age 81.
Young published his tribute on his Neil Young Archives website. Young wrote, “David is gone, but his music lives on. The soul of CSNY, David’s voice and energy were at the heart of our band. His great songs stood for what we believed in and it was always fun and exciting when we got to play together.”
He continued, “‘Almost Cut My Hair,’ ‘Dejavu’ and so many other great songs he wrote were wonderful to jam on and Stills and I had a blast as he kept us going on and on. His singing with Graham was so memorable, their duo spot a highlight of so many of our shows.”
Young added, “We had so many great times, especially in the early years. Crosby was a very supportive friend in my early life, as we bit off big pieces of our experience together. David was the catalyst of many things.”
He concluded, “My heart goes out to Jan and Django, his wife and son. Lots of love to you. Thanks David for your spirit and songs. Love you man. I remember the best times!”
David Crosby: Stephen Stills, Graham Nash & More Pay Tribute
David Crosby was able to touch many lives through music. Some of music’s biggest names took to social media upon the news of the singer-songwriter's passing at age 81.
Two of the most notable names were bandmates Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. Stills honored Crosby saying, in part, “David lived a life of deep and enduring gratitude and was an extraordinary, richly sentient being. His music will live on through us all even as he now sails to his eternal sunset.”
Nash’s tribute read, in part, “I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered with one another, and the deep friendship we shared over all these many long years. David was fearless in life and in music. He leaves behind a tremendous void as far as sheer personality and talent in this world.”
The full remarks from Stills and Nash can be read below along with other tributes from the entertainment world.