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David Crosby says CSN always knew Neil Young would leave

2014 marks a major year for Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young with the long-awaited release of the band's definitive chronicle of its legendary 1974 tour, CSNY 1974. The three-CD, single-DVD box -- which debuted in the Top 20 -- was compiled by Graham Nash and digitally mixed to provide fans with the most accurate glimpse of the group's most historic tour to date.

What's amazing about the 1974 trek is that CSNY took the stage every night as the biggest band in the world -- yet hadn't recorded or toured in four long years, during which time the band had all pursued projects away from the self-proclaimed "CSNY mothership." David Crosby told us that it was clear that CSNY was never going to remain a band for very long due to the fact that Neil Young always had several other musical projects cooking on the back burner: "Y’know, you gotta understand, Neil didn’t mean to join a band. To Neil, CSNY was a stepping stone. Y’know, he intended to have a solo career. He had seen what being in the Buffalo Springfield was like, he liked being by himself much better, he had Harvest ready to go when we were doing (CSNY) and he had every intention of moving on. And all of us had thoughts like that. I knew that Nash and I had something special and I knew that we could go out and do Crosby-Nash anytime and it would be good. It would be really good music.”

Crosby, Stills, & Nash tour dates (subject to change):

August 26 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
August 28 - Austin, TX     The Long - Center For The Performing Arts
September 13, 14 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
September 16 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
September 17 - Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 19 - San Jose, CA - City National Civic Of San Jose
September 23 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 24 - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Resort And Casino
September 26 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Arts Center
September 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theater
September 30 - Paso Robles, CA - Vina Robles Amphitheatre
October 1 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Civic Theatre
October 3, 4 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
Neil Young tour dates (subject to change):
September 13 - Raleigh, NC - Farm Aid at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
September 27 - Neligh, NE - Harvest The Hope - Oil Pipeline Protest Concert Tanderup Farm
October 5, 6 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre - Citi Performing Arts Center
October 8, 9 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy Of Music
October 25 - Mountain View, CA - Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre

Side Notes:

• Among the many highlights featured on Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's newly released CSNY 1974 collection are "Teach Your Children," "Love The One You're With," "Deja vu," "Old Man," "Carry Me," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "Long May You Run," "Almost Cut My Hair," "Immigration Man," "Helpless," "Long Time Gone," "Pre-Road Downs," "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Guinevere" "Chicago," "Wooden Ships,"  "Ohio," and "Our House," among many others.

• Also recently released is Neil Young's Live At The Cellar Door 1970. The set is part of Young's ongoing "Performance Archive Series." The acoustic collection is culled from Young's six shows recorded at the Washington, D.C. venue on November 30th, December 1st and 2nd, 1970 -- with an early and late show each day.

• The tracklisting to Neil Young's Live At The Cellar Door 1970 is: "On The Way Home," "Tell Me Why," "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Old Man," "Down By The River," "After The Gold Rush," "Expecting To Fly," "Flying On The Ground Is Wrong," "Bad Fog Of Loneliness," and "See The Sky About To Rain.”

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