Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young pay tribute to the late David Crosby.
Following the announcement of the passing of singer David Crosby, known for his work with the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the music world united to mourn the loss. Among those who paid tribute on social media were former bandmates and collaborators Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and Neil Young.
“I know people tend to focus on how fickle our relationship was, but what always mattered more to David and me was the sheer joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered for each other, and the deep friendship we shared all these long years.””,— Graham Nash wrote on Instagram.
“David was fearless in life and music,” Nash continued. “He leaves behind a huge void in terms of personality and talent in this world. He expressed his opinion, his heart and his passion through his beautiful music and left an incredible legacy. These are the most important things.”
Stephen Stills took to Twitter to praise Crosby on Thursday night, saying he was “happy to be at peace with him” despite their past conflicts.
“David and I butted heads many times, but mostly it was glancing blows, but still left us numb skulls,” Stills wrote. “Without a doubt, he was a great musician, and his sense of harmony was nothing short of genius. The glue that held us together when our vocals ascended like Icarus to the sun. I am deeply saddened by his passing and will miss him immensely.”
Neil Young posted a tribute to Crosby on his website, stating that “David’s voice and energy were at the core of our band.”
“His wonderful songs epitomized what we believed in, and it was always fun and exciting when we played together,” Young wrote. “We had so many great moments, especially in the early years. Crosby was very supportive of me when I was young, when we took big bites out of our experiences together. David was the catalyst for a lot of things.”
Other artists commenting on Crosby’s demise included Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson and singer Rosanna Cash, daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash. Wilson tweeted a photo of himself and Crosby and reflected on the loss.
“I do not know what to say, except that my heart is broken when I hear about David Crosby,” Wilson wrote. “David was an incredible talent — such a wonderful singer and songwriter. And a wonderful person. I just don’t have the words.”
“I can’t even describe how influential Crosby, Stills and Nash were to me,” wrote Rosanna Cash. “I’m grateful that David Crosby is alive, and I’m very sad that he’s gone.”
Among the artists who wrote tribute to David Crosby on social media were Christopher Cross, Jason Isbell, Stevie Van Zandt from the E Street Band, Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins, The Avett Brothers, The Doors, Austin City Limits music program and many others.