Graham Nash says the new live performance film proves it.
“I think a couple of things are obvious from this DVD,” he said last week from a tour stop in Highland Park, Ill. “One, that we want to be there, and even more important to me personally, we like each other. It's very obvious that we really do like each other.”
That hasn't always been the case in the 44-year partnership of Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Nash. In the film “CSN 2012,” Nash at one point tells the crowd, “We've written a lot of music in our lives. But the truth is we could've written a lot more. Here's a song about it called ‘Wasted on the Way.'”
So, it's not a song about getting high.
“You know, we were very foolish in our younger days, not talking to each other for the silliest of reasons,” Nash said. “I think that's one of the reasons why the DVD is so good. All that stuff that used to p- - - you off before, it's meaningless. It's meaningless, absolutely. The only important part of our relationship is the music.”
Nash believes the 2012 model of Crosby, Stills & Nash is new and improved, and fans can find proof positive when the trio takes the Zoo Amphitheatre stage Sunday to fill the summer evening air with those amazingly close, gorgeous harmonies and two dozen or so of their best-loved tunes.
Most of the set will be made up of songs they performed in “CSN 2012” (“Carry On/Questions,” “Marrakesh Express,” “Long Time Gone,” etc.), a concert recorded three months ago in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and just released on Blu-ray, DVD and a two-CD set on their new independent CSN label.
It marks their first indie-label release, born of necessity.
“It's a very different world, isn't it?” Nash said, recalling the many years spent recording on Atlantic Records. “I think that the bean counters have taken over record companies, instead of the people that really truly loved music. I think the bottom line is more important to the major record companies now than developing an artist. It used to be that if your first single didn't do well they would wait a month or so and bring out a second single and sometimes a third single trying to break an act. That doesn't happen anymore. If they throw it at the wall and it doesn't stick, they go on to the next Britney Spears.”
Always a lot going on
“CSN 2012” features new songs by Crosby (“Radio”) and Nash (“Almost Gone”), plus a cover of Bob Dylan's “Girl From the North Country,” and Nash said he's written 18 more new tunes ready to go public.
“You know, the truth is that I only make solo albums when I've got too much music, and that seems to be the case right now,” he said. “I haven't made any plans to make a solo record, but it's heading that way. Crosby's got a dozen songs ... so he's working on a solo record. I'm just about to finish Stephen's boxed set, which comes out in probably the beginning of the year.