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First Neil Young said he was finished performing with Crosby, Stills and Nash.
Now Graham Nash says he’s done with the group.
The common reason? David Crosby.
Nash said last November he still hoped the group had a future after Crosby denounced Young for leaving his wife to be with actress Daryl Hannah.
Now Nash tells Dutch website Lust for Life that CSN is over.
“You asked me if there’s more of CSN? My answer is ‘no,’ and that’s very sad, because we’re pretty good,” he said, according to a translation by Classic Rock.
“But I don’t like David Crosby right now. He’s been awful to me these last two years, just fucking awful. I’ve been there and saved his fucking ass for 45 years—and he treated me like shit.
“You can’t do that to me. You can do it for a day or so, until I think you’re going to come round. But when it goes on longer, and I keep getting nasty emails from him, I’m done. Fuck you.”
Nash added that last year he and Crosby had an onstage argument that became physical.
The latest round of problems for the group began in September 2014, when Crosby called Hannah a “purely poisonous predator” during an interview with the Idaho Statesman. He comments that were prompted by Young’s decision to leave his wife, Pegi, to whom he’d been married since 1978.
Crosby called Young to apologize and made a public apology to Hannah in May 2015 during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show.
Nash had himself previously appeared on Stern, where he said a CSN&Y reunion would not happen.
“We were together for a long time. We did some good work. Why should we get together and celebrate how great we were? What difference does it make?” Young said. “It’s not for the audience. It’s not for money, either. When you play music, you have to come from a certain place to do it and everything has to be clear and you don’t want to disturb that. I like to keep the love there, and if the love isn’t there, you don’t want to do it.”
All four members are currently involved in other projects. Crosby is currently touring North America. Stephen Stills is working on the second album from his blues supergroup the Rides, and Nash will launch a solo album, This Path Tonight, on April 15. Young is working on his 37th album and will release his films Human Highway and Rust Never Sleeps on DVD on April 22.
Here’s a video of CSNY performing “Down by the River” in happier times.