Although the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer struggled to play the guitar in recent years due to tendonitis, he maintained that his singing voice was as strong as ever. Friends say David had been rehearsing and hoped to play a round of shows this summer.
Guitarist Steve Postell, who was slated to be part of the tour, told Variety that David would often joke about his impending death, "But there was no sense that we weren't gonna be able to do this show and these tours."
In fact, David had reconvened his entire management team to discuss logistics for the tour, including tour buses, venues, band and crew members.
The singer-songwriter had waffled in recent years on the prospect of doing another tour. Last year he proclaimed that he was "too old to do it anymore," though he continued to work fervently on new music and had at least three new albums in the works at the time of his death.
David told Ultimate Classic Rock last years that he had completed a new album with his Lighthouse Band that was mixed and mastered. He was also "two songs into another Sky Trails band record with my song, James [Raymond, producer]. I'm three songs into another Lighthouse record after this one..."
Postell described Croz as "practically giddy" to get back onstage.
"He hadn't lost his fire," Postell recalled. "I'd like people to know that he was on it. He was writing, playing, singing his ass off and preparing a fantastic show. That's what he was doing. He was not lying in a bed for two years. That's not what happened at all."
David addressed his late-career Renaissance in the spring of 2022 with a journalism class at Golden High School.
"I've made five albums in six, seven years," he reportedly told the students. "It's an absurd rate to be cranking albums out. The reason being is that I'm gonna die."
He continued: "Everybody dies. I'm sure someone told you. And I want to crank out all the music I possible can before I do. Now I'm 80 years old so I'm gonna die fairly soon. That's how that works. And so I'm trying really hard to crank out as much music as I possible can, as long as it's really good. ... I have another [album] already in the can, waiting."
With his family and the music world still mourning, it is unclear when David's new music will be released.