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David Crosby was working on a new album and was planning another tour until his death, according to musicians who worked with the folk-rock pioneer in his final days.
The founder of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash died last week at the age of 81. But other artists who had been working with Crosby on new music told Variety that his death was a shock as he was rehearsing for a new tour and “seemed practically stunned” by the new songs he was working on.
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“David didn’t think he would last the years, which he joked about all the time. But there was no point in not being able to do that show and those tours,” guitarist Steve Postell told Variety. “We talked about tour buses and where and where the whole band got together again – tour manager, tour manager and sound guys – on top of this band that we had created. There wasn’t even a distant feeling that we weren’t ready to hit the world. And it’s a shame people didn’t hear it.”
Postell said he spoke to Crosby on the phone the day he died and that they had practiced together the week before. Crosby “seemed practically stunned by it all,” Postell said.
“He showed us new songs, like, ‘What do you think about these lyrics? He hasn’t lost his fire. I’d like people to know he was on it,” Postell said. “He wrote, acted, sang until he dropped and put on a fantastic show. That’s what he was doing. He hasn’t been in bed for two years. It didn’t happen at all.”
Both Postell and Sarah Jarosz, another musician who worked on Crosby’s unnamed new album, said his death was sudden, even though his widow, Jan Dance, released a statement saying Crosby had died “after a long illness.”
Postell said, “He was a debilitated guy with a lot of different pre-existing conditions and everyone knew it… but he wasn’t dying. We were rehearsing. We were going to dinner.
Jarosz, who recorded vocals and mandolin parts for Crosby’s next unnamed album, said she was also unaware of the long illness. “I mean, every time we spoke, he called and I was like, ‘How are you? And he would say, “Well, I’m dying” – but jokingly, with a laugh … It was more like the hard years of living and being 81 years old. It was definitely a shock,” she told Variety.
Jarosz said their unreleased song, Talk Till Dawn, was “absolutely stunningly beautiful”.
“I can feel his voice almost getting better. Over time, a richness has come to him, and his vocal performance even in this song has so much youth, spirit and sincerity in it, “she added.
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Crosby has released five studio albums in the last decade of his life, with the most recent, For Free, released in July 2021. In an interview last year, Crosby reflected on his incredible productivity, saying that releasing albums was absurd. “.
“I am 80 years old, so I will die soon. That’s how it works. So I’m trying really hard to get as much music out as possible, as long as it’s really good… I already have another one in the can.”
Crosby announced that he had retired from touring last year, citing his age, but in December, he tweeted saying he changed his mind. Postell told Variety that Crosby was persuaded after he let Postell play guitar for him, which allowed him to focus on singing.
“His hands were becoming more and more arthritic and hard, human-like,” Postell said. “It was getting harder for him…but [not playing guitar] will not be an obstacle in doing these concerts. In fact, it really freed him because he didn’t have to think about it. He just could sing. I don’t know how he could have done it. sounded Excellent“.