More Buffalo Springfield reunion shows on the way in 2011?
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Buffalo Springfield issued only three studio albums during the influential band’s short two years together from 1966-68: “Buffalo Springfield,” “Buffalo Springfield Again” and “Last Time Around.”
All indications going into the group’s reunion performances last month for Neil Young’s annual Bridge School benefit concerts in Northern California seemed to suggest that the operative album title for this latter-day get-together was going to be “Last Time Around.”
However, “Buffalo Springfield Again” might be the more fitting choice, as Pop & Hiss is hearing rumblings of some additional performances next year, possibly even a summer tour. (It wouldn’t come as a big surprise to any of those who were on hand to witness the joy the group members appeared to be having being in one another’s company once again.)
It had been 42 years since Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay last performed together as Buffalo Springfield before they reunited for the Bridge School event, which benefits the Northern California institution that serves severely disabled students and their families. Young and his wife, Pegi, have been staging the annual benefits for 24 years now, and their son, Ben, has been a Bridge School student. (The other two original band members, bassist Bruce Palmer and drummer Dewey Martin, died in 2004 and 2009, respectively.)
Their set included such Springfield touchstone numbers as “Mr. Soul,” “Rock and Roll Woman,” “For What It’s Worth (Stop, Hey, What’s That Sound),” “Kind Woman,” “Bluebird,” “Go and Say Goodbye” and “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing.”
Above is a shot of the 2010 edition of the band from backstage showing (l-r): drummer Joe Vitale, who has played with Crosby, Stills and Nash; Stills; Furay; Young, and bassist Rick Rosas, who has played regularly with Young. Some have whimsically dubbed the reconstituted group “the new Eagles.”
-- Randy Lewis