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Stephen Stills Mines Past With Present Projects

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Count Stephen Stills among those who will be cheering for frequent collaborator Graham Nash when the latter is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15 with The Hollies.

“Now he can quit feeling inferior to me,” Stills, 65, says with a laugh, nothing that, with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash he’s a two-time Rock Hall inductee, while Nash has only gotten in with CSN in 1997.

“Nah, really, I’m so happy for him. I thought (The Hollies) were a great band, and we all wanted to sing like that. The fact I ended up with one of their singers is one of the luckiest things in my life.”

Stills, meanwhile, is focusing on his own past these days. In September, he released “Pieces,” a collection of outtakes from his short-lived band Manassas, and “Live at Shepherd’s Bush,” a CD/CVD set from his 2008 solo tour. He, Crosby and Nash are also working with producer Rick Rubin on an album of covers, and he’s also been planning a more extensive box set of his own music and working on a memoir.

Meanwhile, Stills promises that he’s “gonna write another album,” a follow-up to 2005’s “Man Alive!” “I’m finally feeling some songs and some things to say,” he says. “I want to work with my quartet and get it down to where there’s lots of air and get pretty live performances and not all over-the-top layered parts and doubled vocals.” Stills hopes to road-test some of the solo material as well before hitting the studio.

Stephen Stills performs at 8 p.m. Saturday (March 6) at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. Tickets are $35-99.50. Call 734-668-8463 or visit www.michtheater.org.

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