In a Wall Street Journal profile anticipating Graham Nash’s upcoming solo tour and memoir release, The Hollies founder and one quarter of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young hinted that a CSNY reunion tour could be in the works.
The supergroup already confirmed that they’ll be reuniting for the first time in over seven years at a benefit for Neil Young’s Bridge School in Mountain View, Calif. on Oct. 26 and 27. A subsequent 2014 tour has been rumored, but Nash’s comments confirm just how real the possibility of a number 40th anniversary dates next year could be.
“Neil called me a few weeks ago and asked if CSN would be willing to do a benefit concert with him for the Bridge School in October,” Nash told WSJ. “Neil doesn’t like wasting words. When he asks about us playing together, he’s really saying: ‘Come on up here and let’s see how we sound. Maybe we can do something later.’ If it feels good when we play as a group, I’m sure it will be the four of us next year.”
Nash and Young seem to be game, but David Crosby might be the most enthusiastic of the quartet in regard to the prospect of putting together one last tour. In June, he closed a piece he wrote for WSJ by figuring that he probably has 10 years left to live and that his dream would be for one final tour with CSNY. “From there, I’d be fine,” he wrote. “I’d be able to sail. I’d live. And I’d be happy.”
Nash was a member of the Hollies, Stills was a member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby was a member of The Byrds when the trio teamed up to form CSN in 1969, releasing a successful self-titled debut. They brought on Young, Stills’ bandmate from Buffalo Springfield, to release Déjà Vu in 1970, the supergroup’s biggest hit and one of rock’s classic albums.
Internal conflict and the members’ personal lives kept CSNY from maintaining a consistent presence, but its four members have never stopped recording and playing live in varying capacities. All four members of CSNY have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. The last time they shared the stage was for their 2006 “Freedom of Speech” tour.