David Crosby, Stephen Stills, And Graham Nash Reunite To Support Neil Young

CSNY members David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash shared a statement on their Twitter accounts announcing that they have joined their former bandmate Neil Young during his battle with Spotify and gave another ultimatum to the platform.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young was one of the most influential bands of the ’70s, which started as a folk-rock supergroup including The Byrds’ David Crosby, Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills, and The Hollies’ Graham Nash. Then they decided to perform together as a band along with newly recruited Neil Young, which marked the beginning of their career. However, the band members had to face many challenges during their time together.

Addiction problems, personal disputes, and creative differences caused serious issues between CSNY members. The creation and recording of their second studio album entitled ‘Déjà Vu’ can be seen as one of the most challenging times for them. Crosby’s girlfriend Christine Hinton’s death, Stills’ breakup with Judy Collins, and Nash’s problems with his lover Joni Mitchell prevented them from focusing on their album.

Therefore the band members started to reunite only for special occasions because of these personal crises in their lives and personal disputes with David Crosby. Crosby revealed that his addiction destroyed the band, and he regretted what he said about Young’s girlfriend and Nash’s wife back then, which ended his friendship with them. Also, he knew that a CSNY reunion was almost impossible unless they decided to forgive him.

However, Crosby, Stills, and Nash put their differences aside to support Young after he decided to remove his music from Spotify. They highlighted that they couldn’t be on the same platform with Joe Rogan, who is spreading misinformation and defending anti-vaxxers with his popular podcast, for the sake of public health. They released a statement that all of their music catalogs, including CSN and CSNY records, will be removed from Spotify until they warn Rogan.

Previously Graham Nash stated that he would remove his solo records too. Although Crosby said he wanted to join him, he pointed out that he doesn’t have the rights to his own works anymore, as they have been sold to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group. Their reunion to protest the music streaming platform was considered an important step to solving their problems, even though some fans wanted them to reconsider their decision after listening to Joe Rogan’s podcast. Crosby responded to one of them, saying that he doesn’t want to share the same platform, and this doesn’t qualify as censorship.

Crosby, Stills, and Nash’s statement read:

“We support Neil, and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast. While we always value alternate points of view, knowingly spreading disinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences. Until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce, we don’t want our music — or the music we made together — to be on the same platform.”

Here’s what a fan wrote:

“Some good advice: actually listen to Joe Rogan’s show before you demand his cancellation.”

David Crosby added:

“I have not and will not demand anything from Spotify or Joe Rogan… I just don’t want my music on there if he’s on there so I’m taking mine off. That is not censorship.”

You can check out the tweets below.