Legendary rocker Neil Young has paid tribute to former bandmate of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, David Crosby.
“David is gone, but his music lives on. The soul of CSNY, David’s voice and energy were at the core of our band,” the statement read on Young’s website.
Crosby’s family announced on Thursday that he had passed away at the age of 81.
“His great songs stood for what we believed in and it was always fun and exciting when we played together,” Young’s tribute continued. “We had so many great times, especially in the early years. Crosby was a very supportive friend in my early life, as we bit large chunks of our experience together. David was the catalyst for many things.”
Young concluded, “thank you David for your spirit and songs, love you man. I remember the best of times!”
Young and Crosby’s paths crossed in 1970 when Young joined Crosby, Stills & Nash. The supergroup then became known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and subsequently released “Déjà Vu”, which contained the hit song “Woodstock”.
The rock pioneers were not always on the same wavelength, despite the many stages they shared.
“When you meet, when you start a band, you’re in love with each other,” Crosby told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in 2019. the smoke machine and play your hits, it’s not musically exciting, it’s not fun and we weren’t friends.
Amanpour asked if Crosby might mend his friendship with his former CSNY bandmates, to which Crosby replied, “I’d love to.”
Stephen Stills and Graham Nash also paid tribute to Crosby.
“Just the memory of such a unique and full life, so well lived, should see us through this period of deep sorrow,” Stills shared in a statement.
Stills added that “David lived a life of deep and abiding gratitude and was an extraordinary, richly conscious being” while further saying that “his music will live on through all of us.”
Nash reflected on their sometimes “volatile” relationship in a Facebook tribute, adding that “what has always been more important to David and me than anything else was the sheer joy of the music we made together.”