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Monday, June 27, 2011

"Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It?" - ‬‏Buffalo Springfield, 6/2/11

Here's Buffalo Springfield's "Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It?" at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on 6/2/11. (Thanks Peter!)

Also a comment of the moment on the Buffalo Springfield Reunion Tour:
We caught the show Sunday here in L.A. and it was nothing short of sensational. It was obvious from the start the guys were "on" and having the times of their lives.

I was a bit too young to catch BS the first time around but have seen Stephen, Neil and Richie each several times in or with various bands (living in L.A. does have some rewards) and in my opinion all three performed with more joy and passion than I had ever previously witnessed.

They were like young men again, excited and energized and giving it their much so it seemed they had to restrain themselves from high-fiving or hugging each other after each number. Hell, Stephen nearly tripped over a speaker in his excitement following one of his songs.

The entire performance was genuine and passionate and an absolute joy for everyone in the house: from the performers to the audience and even to the Wiltern employees and security who were rocking the sidelines.

I've been to hundreds of concerts in my live, but a medical condition threatens to soon end those pleasures at my current 57 years. I have tickets for a couple of bands I hope to see later this year, but I couldn't help but think during the show that should this BS show be the last show ever for me, then I am going out in style having been fortunate enough to witness a very, very special performance.

Thank you Buffalo Springfield!

Gary Cordova of Los Angeles

Thanks Gary!

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At 6/27/2011 06:02:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Just some random comments....

tari kelley
Posted June 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

I attended Tuesday nite’s performance and it was very nostalgic!!! It was as if time had stopped and we were back there again!!!!

Sang along to EVERY song!!! What a great night!!! Very glad I was there to be a part of history!!

steven henriksen
Posted June 10, 2011 at 12:04 am | Permalink

My wife and I, and friends (SB locals), attended the final Wed. concert in SB . Great crowd, great venue, great music, great night!. As predicted, the crowd wanted to hear the transfixing songs, but, surprising to me, the crowd was made up of both the predicted 60′s generation ( ..some of us still there, appropriately dressed, others, a bit transformed Gucci or Brooks Bros), BUT the “kids” our damn children–were also there knowing the songs as well as the adults. I think Steve, Richie and Neill would be happy to know that. There’s something happening here.

Posted June 10, 2011 at 2:32 am | Permalink

wow. was in 2nd row. i loved them in 67-68 and followed them, literally. it was interesting to note who innocent some of the songs were. they were a group who spoke out at injustice and are fabulous musicians too. wish there were groups like that today who penned a “for what it’s worth”. they were fabulous. i have never seen neil young smile like that. the jams were as good as they were 43 years ago. it was worth driving from los angeles, and i am so glad i got to dance standing up like i was 20 again. even the opening couple was great.

Posted June 10, 2011 at 7:23 am | Permalink

Tuesday’s show yielded much of what was written, and was fantastic. The solid discussion about continuing live performances in September is so heartening. By sizing the venues accordingly, these guys will likely enjoy a fruitful tour. The fans countrywide will no doubt have an absolute ball watching and hearing. Notable comment from a twenty something “The gear on stage was an archeological dig.” Cool stuff.

Opening act Gillian Welch, accompanied by her partner David Rawlings, finished their set with the Jefferson Airplane hit, White Rabbit. Aside of a lyrical lapse, the version was just astounding. (More reverb!) Maybe they will reprise the tune while performing at Bonnaroo.

At 6/27/2011 10:46:00 PM, Blogger BIGCHIEF said...

"Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It?", Well, I suppose ... I have to say, in my humble opinion, that the big story of the Buffalo Springfield reunion is the Richie Furay story. As one who shares the same faith as Richie, it's no suprise to me that at this point in his career and life for that matter, this 'Rock-N-Roll' thing has come full circle for him. He seems to have that 'pinch me, I'm dreaming' feeling about him. While he never lost the desire to be a Rock-N-Roll Star and to perform in front of audiences, at some point in a career that had already tasted a large degree of fame and fortune, he made a sincere, concious decision to dedicate his life to perform in front of another kind of audience. Were not talking about a washed-up has been here, but rather an established, well known artist who, with some creative management and a little luck could have possibly forged ahead with his career and enjoyed the same success on a level that many of his peers enjoyed. We speak praise upon another artist with admiration and awe of his integrity and rightfully so. Yet here is a man who traded an audience of tens of thousands for one of a hundred or so on a good day. And rather than seeking glory for himself, chose rather to promote the one who truly holds the keys to award fame and fortune on whomever He will.
Theres a verse in the Bible that say's "seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you". At this stage in his life, Richies hearts desire sought him out. Listen to his interviews. The guy is a class act and is in a position now to reach more souls with his genuine spirit of love and kindness than he could possibly ever reach from his pulpit. This is 'The Gospel According To Richie'!

At 6/28/2011 03:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well said.


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