The Mighty McGuinn
Ex-Byrd Roger McGuinn has maybe, kinda, sorta, halfway opened the door to a reunion with David Crosby and Chris Hillman. "It could happen," he said in an interview with UT San Diego. The Byrds, who first burst on the music scene in 1965 with a Beatles-influenced treatment of Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man, disbanded in 1973. Their other big hits were Pete Seeger’s Turn! Turn! Turn! and a Byrds original, Eight Miles High. At their peak, the Byrds were promoted as America’s answer to the Beatles, which probably wasn’t helpful.
Last summer, Roger told Rolling Stone magazine that he was against a reunion because "it would just be about the money, and I don’t need it," adding: "My wife is very good at budgeting." But he apparently has since reconsidered, now saying that it really isn’t about the money, and might contemplate a tour, perhaps for a charity. "Never say never," he said. Both David Crosby and Chris Hillman say they are up for a get-together – David has been particularly vocal about his interest, saying Roger is "brilliant." "I’d gladly fly wing-man to Roger again," he says.
Meanwhile, Roger performs regularly throughout the US, tours Europe every other summer, and posts a traditional folk song each month to his Folk Den website. Tomorrow, February 1, he will release a double-CD, Stories, Songs & Friends, a live recording of a concert he gave to celebrate his mother’s 102nd birthday (she has since passed away). Through songs and anecdotes, Roger tells the story of his own journey from folk troubadour to rock star and back again. The set comes with a bonus DVD documentary of the Byrds, featuring color commentary by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and others.