Crosby, Stills & Nash will revive their “covers project” album soon after they finish third leg of their 36-date concert tour, which concludes Oct. 4 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
The project, begun in 2010 with producer Rick Rubin, came to an abrupt halt in the summer of 2012 after they had finished recording seven songs. The trio has since reconvened and re-recorded five of the songs.
“Rick and (David) Crosby got into an argument and that day it was done,” Nash says while doing interviews to promote Rhino’s “CSNY 1974” box set that comes out July 1. “If Crosby is not into it – if any of us are not into it – it ends, ever more so when David doesn’t want to do something.
Nash and the gang loved the idea when it was presented to them by Sony A&R executive Jay Landers. Among the songs that made the cut were Lennon & McCartney’s “Norwegian Wood,” Bob Dylan’s “Girl From North Country,” Tim Hardin’s ‘Reason to Believe” and James Taylor’s “You Can Close Your Eyes.”
“We did seven songs and none of them excited us,” says Nash, 72. “Sony owns those seven songs that they have no right to release. We went back to the studio in Santa Monica and started over and we’ve got five we really like.”
They would be recording the songs without a label attached. “We’ve always been Warner (Music) people, first with Atlantic, now with Rhino,” he says, referring o the company putting out the 40-track “1974” set. “They’ve always been supportive of CSN.”
This summer’s tour starts July 2 in Bethlehem, Pa., and includes stops at New York’s Beacon Theater (July 8 and 9), the Ravinia Festival outside Chicago (July 19), New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre (Aug. 23) and the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Washington (Sept. 13 and 14).
And next year? “I want CSNY to do a world tour,” he says before nothing half-jokingly. “We have all the original members.”