The Woodstock vets explain why they're together again and what you can expect from their reunion concerts

By Sandra P. Angulo
Updated October 13, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
Neil Young (Musician), Crosby, Stills & Nash
Credit: Star Max

A month after breaking both legs in a boating accident near his Hawaiian home, a wheelchair-bound Graham Nash said Tuesday that he would be ”ready to rock” when Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s reunion tour begins early next year. ”I have four more weeks in this thing, and then I’m going to strap on my guitar and get ready,” 57-year-old Nash said at the band’s Madison Square Garden press conference. The group’s first tour in 25 years is called ”CSNY2K: An Evening with Crosby Stills Nash & Young Live” and will kick off its 34-city itinerary Jan. 24 in Detroit. (CSNY also has a new album, ”Looking Forward,” due in stores Oct. 26.)

Although the foursome promise to play their old favorites, Neil Young, decked out in a Lionel-train-conductor’s hat, said CSNY is focusing on their new music. ”We’re not one of those bands who are touring because of what they did, we’re touring live for what we’re doing with our music now,” Young, 53, said. ”But don’t worry, we’ll do everything from [Buffalo Springfield’s] ‘Bluebird’ to ‘No Tears Left.”’ Nash said CSNY will also perform nine new songs that didn’t make it onto ”Looking Forward” and that the group plans to write more music when rehearsals start Nov. 3. ”We have a tremendous amount of material to play, and that’s why we’re getting out there,” he said.

When asked about the foursome’s notorious creative differences and ongoing communication problems, David Crosby explained, ”We’re still very strong willed, but we’re more mature now, and we talk to each other. We’ve…” At which point, Nash interrupted: ”We listen to each other more.” ”…We’ve made a policy of not issuing ultimatums anymore,” Crosby was finally allowed to finish. And the Watergate/Vietnam War-era vet added that the reunion was perfectly timed for a whole new set of sociopolitical causes: ”We needed to wait for another unpopular war and impeachment trial.”