Neil Young remains one of rock’s most iconoclastic figures, and his insistence to look ahead and not dwell in nostalgia has apparently cost him a few million bucks.
In a new interview with AARP, the Canadian rocker revealed that he received an offer to perform his classic 1972 album Harvest on what would have been a blockbuster tour — but took a pass.
“I was just offered millions of dollars for a tour to do Harvest. Everyone who played on Harvest is dead. I don’t want to do that,” he explained. “How about planting instead of harvesting? If I decide to go on the road, I’d like to do a democracy tour next year with different people that keep changing. Not right or left. Democracy is not you on this side and me on that side just to see who wins.”
Meanwhile, the 78-year-old rock legend also said that a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion, as unlikely as it seems, remains a possibility. However, given his enduring antipathy toward David Crosby, that possibility seems slim.
“Crosby could write an introspective book: Why People Won’t Talk to Me Anymore,” quipped Young, throwing some shade of his one-time band mate.
“He made a lot of great music for a long time. I don’t know what happened with David. I got nothing to say,” he added.
However, Young had nothing but positivity to send toward the other two members of CSNY. “I love Stephen [Stills]. I love Graham [Nash],” he said. “If a reunion happens, it would be a surprise. I won’t close the door on anything. I can hold a grudge with the best of them but only if there’s a reason for it.”