Fans are already taking to social media in hopes of a possible Byrds reunion after Roger McGuinn reached out to David Crosby after seeing the new doc, David Crosby: Remember My Name. In the Cameron Crowe-produced film, Crosby bemoans the fact that his main musical collaborators — Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Neil Young — and fellow Byrds co-founder McGuinn not only wish to never work with him, but ultimately “hate his guts.”
McGuinn tweeted to Crosby: “Hey @thedavidcrosby you're saying I won't talk to you and hate you. That's just not true!”
Crosby, a man who is never far from his Twitter feed, quickly responded: “Thanks Roger ….must have got you mixed up with those other guys …so ..want to do a couple of Byrd’s (sic) dates? I’ll just sing harmony …no talking ….?”
The three surviving members of the Byrds — Crosby, McGuinn, and Chris Hillman — have reunited several times for performances since 1991. The last time all three shared a stage together was in 2000. McGuinn claims he has no desire in reuniting the Byrds despite Crosby's — and fans — persistent requests to perform live.
Last year, McGuinn and Hillman — along with Marty Stuart and his band — played a string of 50th anniversary dates celebrating of the band's groundbreaking country album, Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. The post-Crosby 1968 album, which brought the creative vision of then-new member Gram Parsons to the mainstream rock world, 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.
When we last caught up with Roger McGuinn, he assured us that despite David Crosby taking his refusal to reform the Byrds as a personal affront, it doesn't mean he's on the outs with anybody — he's simply happier moving forward and working either by himself or with assorted friends. We asked him about how his relationship is these days with bassist Chris Hillman: “It's, it's friendly, yeah, we're fine, we're cool. The same with David, there's no hostility between me and David, it's not like I don't like him — as he's been saying to the press every chance he's. . . He said, 'Roger doesn't like me. He won't do the Byrds.' That's not true. I love the guy. I mean, he's witty, he's very smart, he's very talented, I think he's a wonderful singer, and he's a good songwriter. And I understand he felt bad back in the Byrds (days) that he didn't get his songs on the album — and that was more politics than music.”
Although McGuinn told us that teaming up with Hillman to celebrate the band's landmark album, reforming the Byrds is in no way high on his priorities and firmly considers the band a thing of the past: “I don't really want to do that. I'm happy being solo. Crosby's been breathing down my neck for the last 10 years to do that, and I just don't want to trot it out. I think it's a great memory. The reissues have come out, and everything's all nice. Y'know, it's a good memory.”