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David Crosby, left, and Graham Nash play Seattle's WaMu Theatre on Wednesday. Tickets are between $40 and $60.
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David Crosby Digs Fleet Foxes and Eddie Vedder, But Says Working With Rick Rubin "Wasn't Any Fun at All"

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David Crosby, left, and Graham Nash play Seattle's WaMu Theatre on Wednesday. Tickets are between $40 and $60.
David Crosby told Reverb this morning that the aborted Rick Rubin-produced Crosby, Stills, and Nash covers record "was something that the record company thought up, and it didn't work." Crosby, who comes to Seattle's WaMu Theatre with Graham Nash on Wednesday, says that trio still plans to release an album with covers of their favorite songs--"Ruby Tuesday," "Behind Blue Eyes," etc.--in some way, even though they've split with Columbia and Rick Rubin. (Nash talked to Reverb last year about the role Rubin plays in the studio.)

Here's what else Crosby had to say after finishing his morning omelet:

SW: What's it like working with Rick Rubin?

Crosby: It wasn't any fun at all. It didn't work. We tried to make a record with him for two years and got nothing that I would put out with my name on it. And then [we] went into the studio and did it ourselves--which is how we made all the good records--and got four things in five days. Even a guitar player can do the math on that one.

Was he asking you to do things you didn't want to do?

Let's say it was a chemistry that didn't work. He's certainly done some wonderful records and obviously has ability. But the chemistry just wasn't there.

I don't know if when the CSN covers record is done--which it will be done--I don't know how that's going to come out. Probably CSN will form its own label, too. That might go to an actual record company 'cause there are a number of them that want it. And that, I think, will probably be a very good record. We've picked a bunch of really good songs.

What do you have planned?

You know, James Taylor's one [singing]: "Close your yes, you can close your eyes, it's alright." "Behind Blue Eyes"--which is just an unbelievable song--"Ruby Tuesday," that Dylan song, "Girl From the North Country."

I'll post more from our chat next week, but here are a few other notes:

Bob Dylan: I know Bob, and I know exactly how good he is. He's still just one of the best poets alive; one of the best wordsmiths there is.

Fleet Foxes: I've heard 'em. Good harmonies. I like 'em. And Seattle's famous for that, man. God, look how many bands have come out of Seattle. That's one of the reasons it's a fun place to play. It's definitely a music town. It's like playing in Austin or someplace else where people really love music.

Eddie Vedder + His Ukulele: They're a much underrated instrument. You can do a lot on 'em, as anybody in Hawaii will tell you. I think Eddie's been hanging out a lot over there. And I think that being as incredibly musical as he is, they were sort of irresistible to him.

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