David Crosby was working on a new song until the end.in an interview with varietyguitarist Steve Postel said the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame veteran, who died last week at age 81, was talking about a new album the day he died.
“David didn’t think he was going to last for years, and he always joked about it. But there was no feeling that he couldn’t do this show or tour,” Postel said. . variety“We were talking about tour buses and what kind of venues, so the whole team got back together again. The Road Manager and the Tour Manager and the sound guy were all on top of this band that we put together.” There wasn’t even the slightest sense that we weren’t ready to take on the world and it’s a shame people couldn’t hear that this was something else. The sound was as close as possible to the originals, especially the Crosby, Stills and Nash originals.It was very powerful.”
Postel was on the phone with Crosby near the end after attending an “intimate” rehearsal in Santa Barbara the week before Crosby’s death. It was a continuation of a full band rehearsal that took place in mid-December, and Postel said Crosby looked “really giddy at it all”. During the latter, Crosby reportedly showed the band some new songs and asked them what they thought of the lyrics, proving that he “hadn’t lost his fire.”I want people to know that he was upon that. He wrote songs, performed them, sang enthusiastically and prepared a great show. that’s what he was doing. He hadn’t been in bed for two years. That’s not what happened at all. “
As a testament to Crosby’s enduring love of playing and composing, Postel said he was on the phone with Crosby Wednesday morning to discuss plans for two nights of performances at the Lobelo Theater in Santa Barbara at the end of February. Told. live album; Crosby’s death was announced Thursday (January 19).
The show was Crosby’s first live gig since 2019, and after spending Wednesday afternoon rehearsing the full setlist they had come up with, Postel texted the singer some ideas that night and told Crosby Raymond, who said he received a text in reply from his bandmate and son, James.Raymond, that his father had passed away.
Crosby had been eager to return to the tour after announcing he was ending performing live in 2022, but Postel said the CSN star has arthritis problems in his hands and is unable to play yet. He could, but “it became more and more difficult for him.”
Another musician who has been working with Crosby on new material, Texas singer-songwriter Sarah Jaros, said: variety She recorded some vocals remotely and sent them to James Raymond, who told her that after his father’s death, Crosby listened to the tapes and appreciated her work.
“We were never actually in the studio with him when we were recording the vocals,” Jarosz said. “But he and James contacted me about a month ago saying they were working on this new album and he really wanted me to sing the new song ‘Talk Till Dawn’. rice field.It’s only been a few days since I sent the vocals [before Crosby died], but the way James showed it to me was that I got to hear it before he died, and that’s obviously very emotional to me. , I think is quintessential David Crosby — interesting chord moves and a beautifully masterful vocal performance. “