Howard Stern has been a pretty big Neil Young fan for decades now, but Young had never sat in with Stern for an interview … until today. In this morning’s Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM, Young talked to Stern about PONO, Charles Manson, “Southern Man,” songwriting, CSNY, Woodstock, sharing an apartment with Rick James, and more.
Here’s Young’s take on the ongoing drama with David Crosby:
Playing with Stills and Nash in that band was really great. I wish [Crosby] the best with his life. There’s love there. There’s just nothing else there. [A reunion] will never happen. Never happen, no, not in a million years. … You have to think about things before you do them. If you make a mistake, you have to fix it right away.
I did everything I could to make sure [my relationship with Crosby] got fixed. … We were together for a long time. We did some good work. Why should we get together and celebrate how great we were? What difference does it make? It’s not for the audience. It’s not for money, either. When you play music, you have to come from a certain place to do it and everything has to be clear and you don’t want to disturb that. I like to keep the love there, and if the love isn’t there, you don’t want to do it.
Young won’t even say Crosby’s name.
You can check out more highlights from their interview via the Soundcloud embed below, or just listen to the whole 75-minute Q&A in one sitting via the Youtube embed below that.