David Crosby Says Neil Young Left His Wife for a ‘Purely Poisonous Predator’
David Crosby knows a thing or two about making big mistakes in full view of the public, and he’s learned to be perfectly blunt about blunders — both his own and those committed by people close to him.
Crosby didn’t mince words when the Idaho Statesman asked him to weigh in on the news that his on-again, off-again longtime creative partner Neil Young had filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 40 years, saying you’d never see him breaking his marriage vows. “Not gonna happen, man,” he vowed. “I’ve been with my wife 37 years, and I’m in love with her. I ain’t goin’ nowhere.”
Crosby also made it clear that he doesn’t think much of Young’s new girlfriend (rumored to be actress Daryl Hannah). “Thirty-seven years! That’s a freakin’ miracle,” he continued. “And I just don’t feel the urge to go try something new. And I happen to know that he’s hanging out with somebody that’s a purely poisonous predator now. And that’s karma. He’s gonna get hurt. But I understand why it happened. I’m just sad about it. I’m always sad when I see love get tossed in the gutter.”
But while he may be saddened by Young’s current relationship status, there’s one thing he says he does understand — the creative restlessness that has kept Young away from Crosby, Stills & Nash for extended periods of time. In fact, he admits that the recent run of dates he did in support of his latest solo album, ‘Croz,’ were much more fulfilling for him than going out and flogging the old CSN hits one more time.
“I’m a lot like Neil in a way,” Crosby admitted. “I’m not thrilled to keep doing our hits. He doesn’t like it at all and doesn’t want to do it. And he doesn’t have to. I kind of have to because it pays the rent. But I love those guys, and I love those songs.”
As powerful as that love might be, fans may want to make sure they catch the trio whenever they happen to be back in town; as Crosby made clear in the interview, their trademark vocal blend may be forced to yield to age one day soon. Although he insists he’s “singing as well as I ever have right now,” he can’t say the same for Stephen Stills or Graham Nash. “Each of us has not survived at the same rate,” he said. “Steven’s voice is nowhere near what it was. Nowhere near. He knows it, and he’s trying hard to counteract it. But he’s still smoking cigarettes,” Crosby chides, “What the f—? I love the guy, but that’s just never gonna work out right. Nash is close to what he was. But he hasn’t got quite the clarity on the edge that he used to have.”