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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Buffalo Springfield: Bonnaroo Festival 2011 Headliners - Concert Reviews, Photos, Videos

Buffalo Springfield performs at the Bonnaroo festival on Saturday, June 11, 2011
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Buffalo Springfield at Bonnaroo's — "Rockin' in the Free World"

From Buffalo Springfield at Bonnaroo's Which Stage, 6/11/11 — For What It's Worth | Nashville Cream by Jack Silverman:
Buffalo Springfield took the stage at 9:30 and kicked into a decent rendition 'On the Way Home,' but it wasn't until the second song — the more well-known 'Rock & Roll Woman' — that the familiar harmonies of front men Richie Furay, Stephen Stills and Neil Young really started to resonate. The Furay-fronted numbers (which also were the slow ones) were snoozers, but considering he co-founded Poco and went on to be a church pastor, perhaps not surprising. Stills was solid, and his guitar work got better as the night went on, and Young, as usual, was electrifying. Dude still sings as well as ever, and plays guitar like he's possessed by demons. (Perhaps Furay helped him exorcise them after the set.)

In fact, the Young numbers were among the best Bonnaroo moments. Things really took off midset with a blazing 'Mr. Soul' — still one of my favorite ’60s gems, even if the riff is a blatant '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' ripoff. Few people can bash out a hook on a Les Paul like Young. 'I Am a Child' — the song that would be the template for the acoustic guitar/harmonica sound for much of the Young catalog — was utterly gorgeous.

Stills had some shining moments too, including an epic 'Bluebird,' complete with an extended psychedelic freakout. (For a moment, I saw Stills' face morph into the visage of William F. Buckley, and thought someone had dosed my Gatorade. But I soon realized that, no, Stills actually looks a little like Buckley.) A rousing 'For What It's Worth' had the entire audience — most of whom were born 20 years after Buffalo Springfield broke up — singing along.

But the highlight was the encore, an incendiary 'Rockin' in the Free World' (also born 20 years after Buffalo Springfield broke up). The Young staple, a not-so-found shout-out to George Herbert Walker Bush, featured Young's best guitar-abusing of the evening. If ever there was a tailor-made festival rock song, this is it. My girlfriend even looked at me and said, 'I was never a fan of this song on the radio, but now I totally get it.' Judging by the response in the above video, so did everyone else.

[Gallery] Buffalo Springfield At Bonnaroo 2011

From Buffalo Springfield Have Their 'Greatest' Night Ever at Bonnaroo 2011 - Spinner by Alex Suskind:
But unfortunately, the set was not without its problems.

The main complaint heard from the crowd was that the volume just wasn't high enough. When you are pretty close to the stage at a concert for one of the more influential rock groups ever, there is no reason you should be able to have a clear and coherent conversation with your neighbor without screaming. Alas, you actually could, causing many annoyed Springfield fans to start chants of 'Turn up the volume' and 'Louder.' In the end, it didn't work, and everyone had to live with what the current decibel level was at.

Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Neil Young
Photo by Ian Witlen

From spinfestivalstwitter - StumbleUpon by Chris Martins:
To the band's credit, the only audible complaints from the field were directed at the soundboard. 'Turn it up! Turn it up! Turn it up!' one group began to shout, and they were right — the audio was too quiet a couple hundred yards out, flattening the laidback strum, lean rhythms, and warm vocals into a placid slab of often-acoustic Americana.

But eventually, Young took matters into his own hands. For 'Mr. Soul,' he picked up an electric axe and began to shred, slathering the Stones-referencing tune in distortion as he snarled the vocals with gusto.

The sudden influx of pumping blood seemed to quicken the pulse of the others onstage. Rosas started grooving, Vitale beat his kit, and Stills and Furay seemed just a bit awed. But they gave it back on longtime fan favorite 'Bluebird,' which morphed into a furious 10-minute guitar jam pitting Stills' more technical playing against Young's black grinding.

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Stephen Stills and Richie Furay Backstage with Buffalo Springfield at Bonnaroo

From Buffalo Springfield: Stills and Furay on the band's future | Rolling Stone New and Hot Videos by Eric Helton, Matthew Murphy:
"'It's really neat to reconnect with these guys,' Furay says. 'When we were young we didn't know what we were doing. I don't remember the bickering and the fighting...I think people want to add something that wasn't there because lots of times it's more fun if there's a little dirt.' Furay says that the band has '30-plus' dates for the fall - a number the freaks Stills out. 'They better have a break in there, he says. 'If we had this much trouble with six, I can't imagine 30.'

Richie Furay Backstage with Buffalo Springfield at Bonnaroo

Buffalo Springfield will headline tonight's Bonnaroo Festival - 2011.

Concert begins @ 9:30 EST.

It does not appear that concert will be webcast.

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Also, see The Triumphant Reunion of The Buffalo Springfield, Pearl Jam and Neil Young @ 2010 Bridge School Benefit Concerts.

UPDATE: Neil Young News: Buffalo Springfield Reunion Tour Dates and Reviews.

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At 6/11/2011 03:10:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...


At 6/12/2011 05:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

29 nice Buffalo Springfield Bonnaroo pictures

At 6/12/2011 05:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Backstage with Buffalo Springfield at Bonnaroo:

At 6/12/2011 01:35:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

"It's great to see you all here," "We're lucky to be here with you. This is the greatest thing we've ever done."

- Neil Young

At 6/12/2011 03:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eminem, Buffalo Springfield Rule Bonnaroo Day Three!

At 6/12/2011 05:57:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

I for one don't wanna hear any Richie-bashing...they've GOTTA come to DC

At 6/13/2011 05:40:00 AM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

Beautiful Broken Arrow video:


Rick the Bassplayer rocking Bonnaroo while Neil is doing his festival thing:

At 6/13/2011 09:16:00 PM, Anonymous Alfonz said...

I have just returned from Bonnaroo. Buffalo Springfield was the only reason I went and it was beyond amazing. What words can be used? Bluebird was simply epic. The closing 1-2 of For What Its Worth and RITFW were simply outstanding. And all the other songs.

Neil was in a very jovial mood as well, clearly enjoying the moment. Some of his attempts to get the crowd to chant Bonnarooooo and sway their arms were hilarious.

I arrived at the pit line about 75 minutes before the show, and got in comfortably, very close to the stage and just right of centre (where Neil stood). They left plenty of room in there as well, which enhanced the viewing experience.

As for the sound, it was at what I would call a just reasonable level ... up front. But Neil's harp and the piano (e.g. during Stills' parts of Broken Arrow) were nowhere near the required volume. Further back I doubt it would have been loud enough.

I had seen Old Crow Medicine Show and Alison Krauss earlier in the day from a bit further back, and could barely hear them. Old Crow played the whole show with almost zero volume from the main acoustic guitar. The stage had big problems with volume levels the whole festival. Not good enough.

At 6/14/2011 03:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bridge School shows were the glorious reawakening. I lobbied for more, and it was mandated and performed. I spread the gospel of greatness, and the triumph of the Bonnaroo performance, has vindicated my efforts. Now to see as many of the 30 concerts to come in the fall, as possible. Let no person doubt the importance of the band and the songs.

At 6/15/2011 05:44:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Wow, what a stunning RITFW, crank up the volume for the whole 9+ mins, Neil and the boys were ON FIRE! Rick `The Bass Player` doing his stuff in style, Neil having the best fun ever. Keep on rockin` guys and come over to Europe please!

At 6/15/2011 03:37:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

I guess I AM kinda greedy...if CREAM can re-unite, and the SPRINGFIELD can re-unite, maybe Fogerty Cook and Clifford can too (preferably with a rhythm guitarist)...

At 6/18/2011 04:01:00 AM, Blogger Fr Jr. said...

I've never seen Neil having such fun at a concert, some moments of utter beauty and several moments of real intensity. Thank you. I was lucky enough to be behind the drum kit, and have a couple of photos from the drummer's perspective.

Long Live The Buffalo!


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