Deja Vu All Over Again for CSN&Y

Deja Vu All Over Again for CSN&Y
Posted by FoM on October 17, 1999 at 09:50:54 PT
Source: Reuters
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young have spent most of their time together fighting among themselves. Now, the on-again, off-again (and currently on-again) supergroup wants to rechannel any in-band hostility and instead "knock you on your ass!" 
Or so they promised earlier this week when they came together at New York's Madison Square Garden to announce their first tour since 1974. Although the group's work hasn't been hugely successful of late (their last album, American Dream wasn't like the vintage '70s stuff, critically or commercially), they aren't looking back. In fact, the title of their upcoming album, due October 26 from Reprise Records, is, yes, Looking Forward. The accompanying tour, dubbed CSNY2K, kicks off January 24 in Detroit. Please don't call it a reunion. CSN&Y maintain they are friends that have continually played music together even when they were famously bickering. They point to Looking Forward as an example. Seems Crosby, Stills and Nash were jamming together in 1998 when Neil Young popped in, shared some of his songs, and had so much fun he didn't leave for a few days. Bingo! Their first album since the 1988's American Dream was born. The self-financed album was blissfully free of a record company breathing down their backs. "It felt good," says Young. "We all know each other really well and it was a relaxed atmosphere." The foursome claim the oft-publicized fighting is over. "We're more mature," says the wheelchair-bound Nash, hobbled with two broken legs from a freak boating accident last month. And he's right, the mellowed group resembles jovial grandpa figures these days. A tour was the next step and the timing was perfect. "We had to wait for another presidential impeachment and an unpopular war," jokes Stills. "Plus, we miss playing live on stage." The 35-city U.S. tour will feature songs off the new album along with the old standards. "We don't care what the latest fashion in music is," says Nash. "The two most important things are: enjoy ourselves and make sure the audience leaves smiling." Tickets, priced from $39.50 to $200, go on sale October 16. The hoped-for preview of the tour at Young's Bridge School concerts October 30-31 won't happen, due to Nash's injuries. Nash swears he'll be "ready to rock" by the new year, however. One of rocks first true supergroups--Crosby came from the Byrds, Nash was a Hollies alum and Stills and Young were members of Buffalo Springfield--CSN&Y's first album Déjà Vu was hailed as an instant classic when released in 1970. It featured an amazing, enduring lineup of tunes, including "Teach Your Children," "Carry On," "Helpless" and "Woodstock." Saturday October 16 11:02 PM EDTCopyright © 1996-1999 E! Online, Inc. 
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