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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Buffalo Springfield To Reunite After 42 Years

Buffalo Springfield - circa 1967
Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Dewey Martin, & Bruce Palmer

"Like to see those guys again
And give it a shot
Maybe now we can show the world
What we got
But I'd just like to play for the fun we had"

"Buffalo Springfield Again" by Neil Young, 2000

With yesterday's stunning announcement, it now seems that after 42 years, The Buffalo Springfield will reunite at the Bridge School Benefit concerts in October.

The Buffalo Springfield Again lineup will consist of original members Stephen Stills, Neil Young, and Richie Furay. Bassist Rick Rosas will fill in for the late Bruce Palmer, and CSN drummer Joe Vitale will fill in for the late Dewey Martin.

From Rolling Stone | "Buffalo Springfield’s Richie Furay Discusses Reunion" by Andy Greene:
Two weeks ago, Buffalo Springfield guitarist Richie Furay got a text message from Neil Young that simply said, “Call me.” “I called and he asked me if I’d be up for a reunion at the Bridge School Benefit,” Furay says. “He said, ‘If you’re into it, I think Stephen [Stills] will be into it.’ The three of us then arranged a conference call, chit-chatted for a few minutes, and planned it all out.

The last time I was onstage with them was the last Buffalo Springfield show at the Long Beach Arena back in 1968. Our lives have gone in different directions and I wouldn’t say that we’re close friends, but we’re friends and its an opportunity for us to get together again for a good cause. I’m very excited.”

For What It's Worth / Mr. Soul at the Hollywood Palace in 1967

The impact of Buffalo Springfield's brief but highly influential career still resonates today. Despite existing for just two years -- the notoriously volatile band folded in 1968 after just three albums -- the seminal Buffalo Springfield are considered one of the most influential groups of their era with their unique melange of melodic folk rock, trippy psychedelia and hip country sound. Along with the Byrds, The Buffalo Springfield country-rock sound spawned an entire genre from Poco to Loggins & Messina to Jackson Browne to The Eagles -- arguably the most successful American band of the last 40 years.


From the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "Program Book" 1997 by Michael Hill :
Buffalo Springfield begat CSN, Poco, Loggins and Messina, Crazy Horse, CSNY; inspired the Eagles and the early-Seventies Southern California scene; and, if you look at the roots of bands ranging from Sonic Youth to Son Volt, at least a part of them will stretch back to Buffalo Springfield."


From article "EXPECTING TO FLY" by Mat Snow:
"It was a Stills tune that in March 1967 took Buffalo Springfield to number 7 in the US singles charts and, when tacked on to the debut LP, reinvigorated its hitherto wan commercial performance. In August '66 the local citizenry had tried to clear the area around the Sunset Strip club Pandora`s Box, whose long haired clientele deterred legitimate tourism, by having the police enforce a curfew.

Protests followed, things turning ugly when the police weighed in with the night-sticks. Witnessing this upon return from a trip to Nicaragua , Stills was inspired: 'All the kids on one side of the street, all the cops on the other side - in Latin America that meant there'd be a new government in about a week. 'Both a warning and a barricade-manning counter-culture rallying cry, 'For What It's Worth' owes much of its power to Young's paranoid guitar. This creative contrast was seldom otherwise captured on record to Young's satisfaction.


From article "EXPECTING TO FLY" by Mat Snow:
Stills: 'When we got to our first session,we went into the studio and cut this one song, the voice came over the talk-back saying, 'No, that`s too long. Play it faster.' Neil and I looked at each other and said , 'We better learn how to work this shit ourselves. >From then on it was like a race to see who could learn the most about making records, about electronics and engineering, the whole nine yards.'

As Young told Nick Kent:' The real core of the group was the three Canadians - me, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin. We played in such a way that the three of us were basically huddled together behind whilst Stills and Furay were always out front. 'Cos we'd get so into the groove of the thing, that's all we really cared about. But when we got into the studio the groove just wasn't the same. And we couldn't figure out why. This was the major frustration for me as a young musician, it fucked me up so much. Buffalo Springfield should have recorded live from the very beginning. All the records were great failures as far as I`m concerned."

Rock'n Roll Woman at Live Popendipity in 1967 - Flip Wilson Show

In an interview with Stephen Stills by Cameron Crowe (September, 1974) on the Sunset Strip guitar duels with Neil Young:
STILLS: "Neil and I used to have guitar wars on stage that were really stupid.

It was really funny. I wouldn't play the game except every once in a while when I'd get in a mood. It was just pathetic. I started playing lead guitar in the Buffalo Springfield and it was okay. I never played anything that was really bad, other than that I played too loud. The fights started getting really good and I guess that fights started becoming a little too much to take or something.

'Cause it got weird."

Buffalo Springfield
Photo by Dennis Hopper

Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth (Monterey 1967)


For What It's Worth

The Buffalo Springfield open for The Rolling Stones
Hollywood Bowl, July 25th, 1966
Photo by Sue Michelson

Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth - Smother Bros show 1967

"Used to play
in a rock 'n' roll band,
But they broke up.
We were young and we were wild,
It ate us up.
Now I'm not saying
who was right or wrong."

"Buffalo Springfield Again" by Neil Young, 2000

On the song “Buffalo Springfield Again”, from his Silver & Gold album [2000], Young sang of how he’d “Like to see those guys again/And give it another shot.” The song was written just after Young had refused to appear at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction of Buffalo Springfield. Later, Dewey Martin remarked on Young's absence that he'd much rather have it that Neil would sing with them rather than about them.

Stephen Stills & Neil Young discuss Buffalo Springfield - Part #2

Stephen Stills & Neil Young discuss Buffalo Springfield - Part #3


The Richie Furay Band performing Neil Young songs that Richie sang on the first Springfield album. The songs include Flying on the Ground, Do I have to come right out and say it, and Clancy.

Buffalo Springfield on TV Program "Mannix" - Broadcast: October 28, 1967

More on The Buffalo Springfield and Neil Young. Also, see Bruce Palmer 1946-2004 and Dewey Martin-1940-2009.


(Thanks Scott M.!)


At 9/14/2010 11:46:00 AM, Blogger wardo said...

I didn't realize that Neil hadn't been onstage with Richie since 1968. That does make it a big deal.

At 9/14/2010 01:15:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

I don't know Neil, I don't work for Neil, I don't play alongside Neil...and even if I did that doesn't mean I know what he's thinking...I just hope HE'S not calling this new group Buffalo fact I'm almost willing to bet that neither he nor Ritchie nor Stephen are calling it that...the fans and the media are calling it the IS exciting, I'd love to be there, they may even have a future...but it's not Buffalo Springfield...

At 9/14/2010 01:41:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

to futher explain myself, in a redundant way and/or get myself in more trouble--were the Hollies still the Hollies after Nash left? Maybe...was the Who still the Who after Moon died? *I* say no...mention any group that *I* like and my answer will either be "maybe" or "no"...with one exception--was Poco still Poco after Ritchie left? not sure...I always wanted a Springfield reunion more than any other 60s group, including the Beatles...but IMO this ain't it...again I say I'd love to be there to see it...the Poco reunions (youTube) look like fun, and they sound fairly good, too...

At 9/14/2010 01:46:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

ASG, I get what you're saying - the Springfield is the orignal 5. And I relate. But the Springfield themselves gave up that kind of purity way back in the day.

Doug Hastings. Jim Messina. Jim Fielder. Ken Koblun. The secretary at Sunset Sound's boyfriend. Jack Nitzsche. Don Randi. Charlie Chin. David Crosby. Jim Gordon. Carole Kaye. Earl Palmer. Well... you get the point.

They have the three living members. They have the three front men, singers, and songwriters. Look, it ain't 1967. For 2010, this is the Buffalo Springfield. Crazy Horse didn't change their name when Danny Whitten died. The Stones were still the Stones with Mick Taylor.

Even Neil can't raise the dead. As far as I am concerned, he can call this the Buffalo Springfield. I just hope they live up to the name.

At 9/14/2010 02:05:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

yikes!!! Crazy Horse!!! was Crazy Horse still Crazy Horse after Danny died? *I* say no, but it ultimately doesn't matter what I say or even what YOU's what Neil sez that matters... like "raincheck" sez it ain't 1967 and 2)I hope they live up to the name...for what it's worth (pun intended) I wish them good luck...

At 9/14/2010 02:38:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

asg- I agree the Horse weren't the SAME after Danny - but they called themselves the Horse and Neil called them the Horse and trotted them out regularly.

I was actually surprised to see that Neil called Richie out of the blue - I assumed they might have played together before jumping into this.

Having said that, I trust that Neil feels very good about this or he wouldn't ressurect the Springfield.

But this seems risky. Obviously no Dewey or Bruce. Stills (God bless him) is much the worse for wear. Neil and Richie are still Neil and Richie. But can Two and Half Men revive the spirit of the Springfield, which in some ways was always Stephen's band?

This may be a good setting for it. Semi-acoustic, so they can layer the acoustic and electric guitars in the best Springfield tradition. And the band's unison and harmony vocals with Richie and Stephen can cover some of Stephen's rough edges, which is nice.


Will they rock the Bridge (Mr. Soul, Bluebird?)

Will they stick to the warhorses or will they do some lesser played (and unplayed) tunes?

Will any of the Box rarities get aired especially demos finally done as band versions)?

Will they do anything new?

Can they pull this off?

At 9/14/2010 04:59:00 PM, Blogger horsewifnoname said...

Ok, tapers, please get you stuff ready and let's see some great recordings of this one....Please?

At 9/14/2010 05:06:00 PM, Blogger Out of My Mind said...

So i guess it is safe to assume we will not see Neil play with Crazy Horse again.When Ben died i saw this as the perfect oppertunity for Neil to reunite the Horse.After reading Shakey and learning of the volitile relationship Neil and Stephen have had over the years this is the last thing i expected.anyone know what the story is with Neil and Crazy Horse?are there bad feelings?

At 9/14/2010 05:34:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

I read (somewhere) where Neil said (paraphrasing)that when Ben died he took "70% of my onstage repertoire..." I can't imagine what Neil's going thru, but surely, slowly, Neil will bounce back...we'll ALL miss Ben, but Life goes on...maybe we should ALL reach out to that friend we haven't seen in years, before it's too late...maybe THAT'S why Neil called Ritchie...

At 9/14/2010 07:59:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


Any word on if they are opening up for this last leg of the tour? I have heard everything from buffalo springfield to eddie vedder to even ben harper on music forum. any insight would be great!!!! btw the site has been so much better without all bs commentary

At 9/14/2010 08:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9/14/2010 09:33:00 PM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

This is great news, I think. One of my favorite quotes is: "I think the best is yet to come, 'cause where I'm from is also where I'm going" (James Taylor). Who knows why Neil got the urge, for this or anything. Just glad he has now, because I always felt bad for Richie when Neil was a no show when the band was supposed to get together, and also felt bad for the Springfield when Neil didn't show up for the Hall Of Fame induction. Just my own thing, because who knows what the full story is behind things like that? I think a lot of groups morph, and continue on with and without various members, and I think Dewey and Bruce will be there in spirit, and at the forefront of everyone's minds. Why didn't Neil rush back to the Horse after Ben's death? Again, who knows, he's got to be in a pretty strange place these days in terms of his feelings towards executing his music. I thought being on the outs with the Horse was a possibility, too, but then someone wrote in here that they were with Neil at the Musicares event. All speculation, but I think it's a cool thing when people take the opportunity to be with each other in any sense when they can. Here today, gone tomorrow, you know?

At 9/14/2010 10:54:00 PM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

asg, Was Metallica still Metallica after Cliff died? Some would say no, but most would agree that Cliff would have wanted them to carry on without him.

I think Dewey an Bruce would want Buffalo Springfield to have the chance to reunite without them, and so it's legit, and they'd surely feel honored to be represented by Rick Rosas and Joe Vitale.

At 9/14/2010 11:11:00 PM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

Listen, lets not get all analytical on this thing; its THE BUFFALO SPRINGFEILD! If Neil, Stephen and Richie feel good and comfortable enough to call themselves the Springfield, then that's good enough for me. This is an exciting and historical Rock n'Roll event- why bog ourselves down with questioning the validity of it? Alas, I wont be there- most of us wont be there- but I'm excited about hearing what I can and seeing the footage. The Springfield were great! Highly influential- the quintessential 60's rock band- their music IS phenomenal and I think its great that Neil is willing and able to embrace the past by looking back in this way while still moving forward into the future (heard Angry world yet?!).
I don't think we've seen the last of Crazy Horse by any stretch of the imagination. Who ever thought we'd see the Springfield?


At 9/14/2010 11:15:00 PM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

We better see Neil in FRINGE!


At 9/15/2010 05:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmm. Listening to the first two tracks from Le Noise…
makes me think: Live music is better!

Peter D.

At 9/15/2010 08:50:00 AM, Blogger asg said...

we don't know fer sure what Dewey or Bruce would for Metallica, as I'm not a fan, I don't much care...again,"raincheck" is right...LOTS of personnel changes in th Springfield...*I* choose to NOT call this new group Buffalo Springfield, althought I don't know what else to call it...for the third time I say--it's exciting, I'd love to be there, but it's not (quite) the Springfield...btw, Neil isn't doing this for US, and the boosted ticket sales are relatively unimportant...*I* think losing Ben has a lot to do with it...and that makes sense...

At 9/15/2010 01:21:00 PM, Blogger Sailing Hardships said...

Seems to me that the tremendous loss of Ben and LA has a lot to do with the timeing of his decision to reunite with the Springfield. Although the idea has obviously been percolating for quite some time, "Buffalo Springfield Again".

Whatever Neil's reason is, Thank You.


At 9/15/2010 04:40:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Very innaresting times ahead in the Neil camp!...the current projects and upcoming projects....archives 2, fillow ups to le noise..reunions with old band mates..Its been a good a time to be a Neiler as any...sure am luving being one of them.

ps sailing hardships..just curious?..your blog name?..obviously from your perceived interpretation of a lyric from Tell me why?

Funny, I always thought it was "sailing heart ships" through broken harbours...out on the....
When people post lyrics of some of Neil's songs its innaresting how people perceive what is said..not just Neil's but many other artists
Heart ,hard, doesn't really matter how you interpret it..what ever works for you and your earworm!


At 9/15/2010 09:06:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Who does all the work on this site? It is absolutely remarkable and passionate. Really an e mail treat always.

At 8/05/2012 03:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad that the guys decided to get back together. I went to the Bonnoroo Festival and I got to see Stephen and the guys make magic like they did before it was a wonderful time and the other "events" of the trip, I will take to the archives of my memories.


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