Happy Birthday, Graham Nash!!!
In an exclusive interview, we pushed Nash on what, if any, future CSNY might have as a working unit: "In my world, there will never, ever be a CSNY record, and there will never, ever be another CSN record or show. Y'know, I let people play their hand right in front of me and I let the do it and then I make a decision. How can I not be sad? Look at the music we probably lost? Right now I don't want anything to do with David Crosby at all. It's just that simple."
Although both Neil Young and David Crosby have openly made positive comments regarding a possible CSNY reunion, the usually outspoken Nash has stayed mum.Back in 2015, Graham Nash compiled the group's Top 20 live archival release CSNY 1974. Among the many highlights featured on the third Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young live set are "Teach Your Children," "Love The One You're With," "Deja vu," "Old Man," "Carry Me," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "Long May You Run," "Almost Cut My Hair," "Immigration Man," "Helpless," "Long Time Gone," "Pre-Road Downs," "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Guinevere" "Chicago," "Wooden Ships," "Ohio," and "Our House," among many others. In 2013, Nash published his long-awaited autobiography, called, Wild Takes: A Rock & Roll Life, and hit the road for a brief solo tour. In 2010, along with the rest of the Hollies, Nash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The occasion marked Nash's second entrance into the Hall, having already been inducted with CSN back in 1998.
Graham Nash told us prior to their 2010 Rock Hall induction, that if any English rock group deserved Hall of Fame status -- it's gotta be the Hollies: "I'm old enough now to realize and look at my history so far. The Hollies were so influential in the early-'60s through the '60s. Very, very, influential. We were probably one of the very first bands to ever use three-part harmony constantly. I mean, even the Beatles were two-part most of the time. The Hollies were a fabulous band. Maybe they weren't 'cool,' but by the time I'd left we'd had 18 Top 10 hits. I mean, how many do the Kinks have? How many did everybody else have that's in (the Rock Hall)? I think the Hollies deserve to be in there."
Nash was born in Blackpool, England and raised in Manchester. It was there that he co-founded the Hollies in 1962 with childhood friend Allan Clarke. Following his departure from the group in 1968, Nash teamed up with David Crosby, who had recently left the Byrds, and former Buffalo Springfield guitarist Stephen Stills -- who along with occasional member Neil Young -- have gone on to form one of the most important and lasting rock partnerships of the past 50 years.
Although CSN's music and career choices have been analyzed and second-guessed by fans and journalists alike, Nash says he's been fortunate to have never taken himself that seriously: "You just can't spend too much time thinking in those terms, y'know, about how significant you are. You're not, y'know? This is not brain surgery or astrophysics or Mozart -- this is a very simple form of music that moves a great many people, and I'm glad to be a part of it."
Graham Nash kicks off his 2019 tour dates on March 6th, at Red Bank, New Jersey's Count Basie Theatre.