David Crosby Stills Holds Out Hope For Live Shows
David Crosby isn’t necessarily ruling out performing live again. He and his Lighthouse Band are receiving great reviews for the new concert set, Live At The Capitol Theatre. Back in May, the now 81-year-old Crosby publicly stated he was quitting the road due to his age and his lack of stamina.
During a new chat with Ultimate Classic Rock, Crosby backtracked a bit, saying, “It’s possible that I could teach my guitar parts to somebody else. I can’t play well enough anymore. I’ve got tendonitis in both hands. I can’t play well enough for my standards on stage. I could probably get away with it and you’d probably like it, but it’s not good enough for me. It’s possible I might do a residency some place. We’ll see. . . I miss it really badly. I love playing live.”
Regarding his connection to the younger players in the Lighthouse Band, he said, “Y’know, in your lifetime, man, you could try a lot of times to put a group of people together in a room and make music. Every once in a while, it will be magical. That’s when there’s a chemistry going on in there. This one was definitely one of those. It was like the last night of a tour and we had done really well. We’d polished ourselves up to where we were very confident and very happy. You can hear it in our voices. We’re just extremely joyful and really into it. It’s rare that you get that kind of thing recorded, but we did and we’re lucky.”
During his last tour, David Crosby revealed to us that his current collaborators have helped him reach a new plateau creatively: “It finally hit what I thought it would be in the first place. And it takes time; a band is a chemistry — they had to find out how to respect each other and leave room for each other. The whole thing had to have time for the chemistry to gel, and it did. And two nights ago, it was one of the best nights of my life. Ever. I don’t think there’s ever been a ‘Deja Vu’ better than two nights ago. There were several things we did that were the best I’ve ever done with anybody. So, I’m (as) happy as I could possibly be. It’s like a dream coming true for me working with cats that good.”