Love The One You’re With.
“Once we made the digital map, we realized that we started every show with that song. There must’ve been a reason, and the reason was it’s a kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll song. It made us feel comfortable, we knew what the harmonies were, and it made us feel good.”
Of your own song Pre-Road Downs, David said that it was something you wrote “when you realized you could write rock n’ roll.” Fair assessment?
[Laughs] “That’s interesting. My work with the Hollies, I don’t know if that’s rock ‘n’ roll. It was a pop group – and a very good one. Pre-Road Downs was the first song I wrote that had that kind of energy. I was with Joni at the time, but I realized that I’d have to go out on the road; and Joni, with her incredible talent, she would have to go out on the road as well. We had to spend a lot of time apart, and we knew that, so this was the pre-road depression. I had to be away from this woman I loved for months.”
Almost Cut My Hair.
“Crosby forgot to count it off. [Laughs] He just walked up to the mic, hit the guitar – ‘Almost cut my hair.’ He was into it. But I have to tell you, Stephen and Neil play great on that. They play great on everything.”
As guitarists, they kind of spar. You have two guys with not just different styles but very distinct personalities as musicians. They go at each other.
“It’s two guys that really know each other and really love each other, but they want to one-up each other with every single note. It shows – you can hear it.”
Wooden Ships demonstrates that as well.
“Oh, yeah. I love that version. The energy that Neil brings to the music… it’s more intense, and it’s darker somehow, not in a negative way but in a positive way. He didn’t play on the original because it was a CSN song, so to have his take on the song brought more energy to it. I think this version is absolutely incredible. I love what Neil does to us, and I love what we do to Neil.”
Your song Our House sounds both intimate and anthemic. What was it like performing it before such huge audiences?
“It was interesting, that one. On the DVD is a version of me doing it at Wembley Stadium. Because I’m English, I was coming home – they knew who I was because of the Hollies. The response to that song was phenomenal, and it’s basically me on piano and the others coming in on the harmonies. Yeah, the response from all of those people… it’s extraordinary.”