Neil Young pays tribute to deceased bandmate David Crosby after years of tension: ‘Remember the best times’

Days after musician David Crosby’s death, estranged bandmate Neil Young spoke out about the loss of his former friend, writing “will remember the best of times” in a heartfelt tribute on his “Neil Young Archives” website.

Under a blown-up photo of the late rocker, Young wrote the following:

“David is gone, but his music lives on. The soul of CSNY, David’s voice and energy were the core 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 “Almost Cut My Hair”, “Dejavu” and so many other great songs he wrote were great to jam to and Stills and I had a great time as he kept us going on and on. His singing with Graham was so memorable , their duo is a highlight of so many of our shows.”

“We had so many great times, especially in the early years. Crosby was a very supportive friend in my early life, as we bit big chunks of our experience together. David was the catalyst of a lot of things.”

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David Crosby performs at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey on June 17, 2018.

David Crosby performs at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey on June 17, 2018.
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Young went on to write his heart and “much love” to Crosby’s wife, Jan Dance, and their son Django.

He ended the tribute with, “Thank you David for your spirit and songs. I love you man. I remember the best of times!”

Young, 77, and Crosby had been through years of tension after Crosby publicly berated Young’s wife, actress Daryl Hannah, in 2014, calling her “a pure venomous predator.” His comment led to Young announcing that the band would “never tour again”.

Crosby later admitted to Howard Stern that he regretted the comments and said he unsuccessfully asked the pair for forgiveness.

“Neil has real beef,” Crosby told “The Guardian” in 2021. “I said something bad about his girlfriend.”

The duo also had a few disagreements over politics.

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Crosby co-founded the rock group Crosby, Stills & Nash with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash in the late 1960s. The band later added Young and became known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

He was also a founding member of The Byrds, a band he left in 1967, reportedly due to feuds with other members.

The singer/songwriter and guitarist was first inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 as a member of The Byrds. In 1997, he was inducted a second time as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash.

(L-R) Stephen Stills, Neil Young, David Crosby and Graham Nash of Crosby Stills Nash And Young perform onstage at Oakland Coliseum on July 13, 1974 in Oakland, California.

(L-R) Stephen Stills, Neil Young, David Crosby and Graham Nash of Crosby Stills Nash And Young perform onstage at Oakland Coliseum on July 13, 1974 in Oakland, California.
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Crosby died Wednesday at age 81 with his wife and their son by his side, according to a statement from Dance.

He is survived by five of his children. A son, whom he shared via sperm donation with singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge, Beckett Cypher, died after a opioid addiction in 2020 at the age of 21.

Fox News’ Janelle Ash contributed to this report.

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