Although Roger McGuinn and fellow Byrds co-founder Chris Hillman are embarking on a 50th anniversary tour celebrating of the band's groundbreaking country album, Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, he's adamant that its not a reformation of the Byrds -- and that he does not want to join forces with David Crosby to do so.

McGuinn talked to Rolling Stone about the groundbreaking 1968 country rock classic that broke new musical ground as well introducing the world to the genius of Gram Parsons. When asked about reports that Crosby was upset that he and Hillman were hitting the road without him, McGuinn was quick to explain the situation, saying, "David got some misinformation. He though that Chris and I were mounting a Byrds tour without him. Once Chris explained it to him, he was fine with it. . . It’s not the Byrds. This isn’t a Byrds tour. It’s a celebration of Sweetheart Of The Rodeo‘s 50th anniversary with Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives. It’s not the Byrds. . . . I feel it should end by the end of 2018 because 1968 to 2018 is a 50-year span. It don’t want it to be a permanent thing."

1968's Sweetheart Of The Rodeo is by far considered the most important country rock album of the 1960's, laying the groundwork for the acoustic-based '70s L.A. sound. McGuinn explained that returning to the Byrds is the last thing he wants to do: "I kind of cringe at these old groups that get back together just for the money. . . David is the most vocal about it. Chris is sort of on the fence. He’ll go either way. But I’m really happy doing what I do. I do a one-man show. It’s a two-hour thing with a 20-minute intermission. I tell stories. People say to my wife they like the stories best. Then they go, 'Oh, I liked the songs, too.'"

He shed light on his current relationship with David Crosby: "We’re Twitter buddies and I try to encourage him with his solo stuff. I say, 'David, you don’t need the Byrds. You don’t need to be in any band.' He filled Red Rocks a few weeks ago. There’s a picture of him from behind with Red Rocks totally full. That’s a big venue. He’s doing great with his Sky Trails tour. He’s going to Europe in the fall. I’m all for him doing his solo stuff. He should stick with that."

The Byrds' classic lineup reunited briefly in the early-'70s and again 20 years after that. David Crosby told us that the demand for a Byrds reunion has never gone away and has only risen following each and every time he, Roger McGuinn, and Chris Hillman have shared a stage over the years: "On a regular basis I'll email him or call him and say, 'Roger, please. You and I and Christopher are still alive. We could make so many people happy. I'll get you a million bucks, I'll do whatever you want. You don't have to see me, except when we walk on stage. I'm not asking you to be my buddy -- I just want to make that music. It's great music, and it cannot be done without you.' And he says no. He says he doesn't want to do it."