Musicians and fans around the world paid tribute to the news of David Crosby’s death on Thursday evening. Brian Wilson, his close friend and bandmate Graham Nash, Jason Isbell and many others remembered him as an “incredible talent”.
As a founding member of two highly influential bands, the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Crosby helped set the template for L.A. rock in the ’60s.
Nash took to Instagram to confirm the news and shared a thoughtful tribute to his longtime friend and bandmate, writing, “It is with a deep and profound sadness that I learned that my friend David Crosby has passed. I know people sometimes tend to focus on how volatile our relationship was, but what’s more important to David and I is the pure joy of the music we’ve created together, the sound we’ve discovered with each other, and the deep friendship we’ve formed. I have shared this for many years. David was fearless in life and music. He left a great void in this world as a sheer personality and genius. He spoke his mind, his heart and his emotions through his beautiful music and left an incredible legacy. These things are most important. My heart truly goes out to his wife, Jan, his son, Django, and everyone he touched in this world.”
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys responded to the news on Twitter, saying, “David was an incredible talent – such a great singer and songwriter. And a wonderful man. I’m just at a loss for words.”
Melissa Etheridge, whose child Crosby helped conceive through artificial insemination, said she was “forever” grateful for the singer who “gave me the gift of family…His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come.”
Jason Isbell, whose band (400 Units) opened for Crosby on 2020 tour dates, said he was grateful they shared the time.
The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan took to Twitter to share a black and white shot of Crosby, writing simply “RIP.”
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