David Crosby reconnects with Byrds bandmate Roger McGuinn: ‘I have great respect for him’

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Though David Crosby has lamented the fact that Roger McGuinn seems uninterested in a long-hoped-for Byrds reunion, they remain friends. Entertaining Twitter exchanges are the proof.

It seems to have begun when a fan asked Crosby, one of three living original members of the Byrds, if the two former bandmates were still close. “We are friendly,” Crosby said of McGuinn. “I have great respect for him.”

From there, the flood gates apparently opened, all via the World Wide Web. One would ask a question, and the other responded in kind. They discussed the time Crosby tried to get McGuinn to stop smoking. And the idea of joining an imagined tour by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as the New Beatles. And when Elvis Presley mispronounced the Byrds’ name.

McGuinn has also retweeted some of Crosby’s comments to others, along the way — including one in which he discussed a different famous Byrds star. “What was Gram Parsons like?” a Twitter follower asked David Crosby, to which he replied: “Talented, nice guy but stole my girlfriend. Sad end.”

Crosby, who earlier used Twitter to reach out to another ex-bandmate in Neil Young, has announced a solo summer tour. There are dates with Crosby Stills and Nash on either side of those concerts, as well. Roger McGuinn, meanwhile, just announced an August show at Great Neck, N.Y.

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