Joe Vitale, the drummer of Joe Walsh, has recalled the times when he toured with the folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the 70s and revealed how Neil Young left the band’s formation with the Stills-Young formula.
During an interview he gave to Rolling Stone, Vitale has talked about one of the most on and off bands he has ever worked with. While explaining his excitement when he joined the four legends to play in their album in 1976, Joe Vitale has remembered how things fell apart.
Joe said he started recording with the four of them, however, Crosby and Nash bailed since they were getting ready to go on the road to promote their duet album ‘Whistling Down the Wire.’ Seeing that, Neil Young came up with the idea that there should be a Stills-Young project then.
Ended up doing the Stills-Young album, ‘Long May You Run,’ which was released in 1976 on Reprise Records and certified gold in the United States by the RIAA, Joe Vitale admitted that it was a bummer for him because he was expecting to do a CSNY record.
Here is what Vitale said during the conversation:
“Right. We started recording and it was going well. But what happened was Crosby and Nash just finished a duet album, [1976’s] ‘Whistling Down the Wire.’
They had written all these songs and you give your best songs to an album. It’s not like they were out of songs, but they were kind of like, ‘Man, we’re spent on the material. We just made a record.’
We started recording with the four, but then Crosby and Nash bailed because they were getting ready to go on the road to promote their duet album.”
“So Neil Young goes, ‘Hell, let’s do the Stills-Young album.’ They had never done that combination. It was really cool. All I could think was, ‘This will be cool since it’ll have some Buffalo Springfield flavor to it.’
We ended up doing the Stills-Young album, which had a hit on it, ‘Long May You Run.’ But it was a bummer because I’m making a record with CSNY and then all of a sudden now it’s SY. Still, that’s not a bad thing. It ended up really good. We had a great time.”
You can check out the rest of the interview here.