2011 Tour: Buffalo Springfield or Crazy Horse?
As usual, much speculation about Neil Young's next tour.
The rumor mill got kicked up last summer when Neil posted on Facebook about needing a band to play "Vampire Blues" for the 2010 Gulf Coast tour.
Naturally, the comment triggered lots of wishful thinking about a possible Crazy Horse reunion.
The comment was interpreted at the time by some as an open invitation to Crazy Horse to leave the pasture behind.
Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot & Frank Sampedro
MusiCares Honors Neil Young - Los Angeles, CA - 1/29/10
Photo by Joni Milken-Noah
Then in the recent American Songwriter Cover Interview with Neil Young And Daniel Lanois by Jaan Uhelszki comes another overt gesture to Crazy Horse:
American Songwriter: You haven’t worked with Crazy Horse for some time. Is there still collaboration with Crazy Horse in your future?
Neil Young: Well, you know, there is, somewhere out there. They have to be together before I can be together with them. They haven’t been doing anything together, so they need to be able to do it. I don’t have the time to support things. I have to go with things that are going to support me. But I think they can do it.
Certainly over the years, we hear more pleas for a Crazy Horse tour than just about anything else - Archives and Toast included. But then you have all of the hyping of a possible Buffalo Springfield Reunion tour.
Joe Vitale, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Neil Young and Rick Rosas
Photo by Eleanor Stills (via Rick Rosas | Facebook)
After the triumphant reunion of The Buffalo Springfield at the 2010 Bridge School Benefit Concerts, rumors have also been swirling about a possible Buffalo Springfield Reunion Tour. Ritchie Furay has discussed it. The Los Angeles Times has stoked the flames and Rolling Stone magazine even went through the motions of laying out opening band possibilities.
Who would you like to see Neil Young tour with in 2011? Buffalo Springfield or Crazy Horse? And why?
Oh yeah, remember, Neil never, ever listens to his fan base.