Neil Young turned down ‘millions’ to hit the road with Harvest

by WENN November 5th, 2019, 2:10 pm


Rocker Neil Young turned down a fortune to play his landmark 1972 album Harvest in full on tour, because he didn't want to disrespect his dead collaborators.

The singer/songwriter has revealed he was offered "millions" to hit the road with the album, which is considered his finest, but couldn't play the tracks without the people who had helped him record them.

"Everyone who played on Harvest is dead," he tells AARP. "I don't want to do that. How about planting instead of harvesting?"

Young teamed up with pianist Jack Nitzsche, drummer Kenny Buttrey, guitarist Ben Keith, and bassist Tim Drummond for the album. All four have died in the past 19 years.

"I miss my old friends, all of whom are gone, except for the wonderful music they made while they were here together on Earth," Young wrote on his Archives website in 2018. "I was so lucky to know them and make our music together."

Meanwhile, Young also tells AARP a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion is unlikely – even though all four bandmates are still alive – because he has such a bad relationship with David Crosby.

"Crosby should write an introspective book, (titled) Why People Won't Talk to Me Anymore," Young says. "He made a lot of great music for a long time. I don't know what happened with David. I got nothing to say.

"I love Stephen (Stills). I love Graham (Nash). If a reunion happens, it would be a surprise. I won't close the door on anything. I can hold a grudge with the best of them but only if there's a reason for it."