Stephen Stills Talks About David Crosby’s Death
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Stephen Stills talked about the passing of his former bandmate David Crosby, who described the 81-year-old’s death as unexpected.
While a statement from the coroner’s office claimed that Crosby had “a long illness,” he had also been working on a new album and tour schedules at the time of his death on January 18.
Stills talked about his emotions in a recent interview wherein he stated:
“I’m shocked, but not surprised.
“I love the guy. He was a big force in my life and a towering musician. He was all excited about his new band. My son, Christopher, was in his band, and they were going to get back on the road a little. He just went to take a nap and didn’t come back. When you think about it, it beats the hell out of being in a hospital with people beating on your chest or something.”
Talking about Crosby’s reputation as a troublemaker, Stills said:
“When you’re young, if you’re not fighting, someone doesn’t care enough about the music. When you get middle-aged, you should be able to do it without fighting. Later on, you turn into a curmudgeon, especially if you’re as clever as David was.
“But it’s a cyclical thing, these relationships. And this was a lifetime relationship. That’s hard to let anybody else inside of.”
Stills regretted how brief their final encounter had been during Mike Finnigan’s funeral in 2021, who was the keyboardist for Crosby, Stills & Nash. He said:
“It was time to reconnect with the old Croz.
“Then he just went out the back door.”
Stills who recently announced that he’s been working on his story in a memoir said that it won’t arrive anytime soon. He added:
“I stalled out for a while. I’m learning to wait on that. There’s no such thing as writer’s block. There’s just avoiding silly writing. When you find yourself doing that, stop for a while.”
He continued by saying that a documentary was also under consideration, but its release date is still unspecified.