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Buffalo Springfield Plan Extensive Tour After Bonnaroo, Vinyl Reissues and More

A recently reunited Buffalo Springfield put together a short California tour this month, performing in just a few choice theaters, as a practice run for their large-scale comeback appearance at Bonnaroo. But original member Richie Furay revealed on Friday that the group has plans for a more extensive tour this fall, beginning in September. Furthermore, he says, all of the shows are being recorded, leaving the possibility of a live album on the table. As for recording new music in the studio, Furay allows that it’s anyone’s guess — but even that is a possibility.

That said, Buffalo Springfield’s current set — the one they’ll perform at Bonnaroo next weekend — sticks strictly to the band’s popular back catalog, save for a cover of group member Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ as their encore. It’s a back catalog taken from just three albums which, by the way, Furay says will be rereleased on vinyl soon.

“We’re not trying to recreate or make anything different than we are,” Furay told Spinner in a press conference for Bonnaroo on Friday. “We are Buffalo Springfield. We’re not ‘Neil Young and Buffalo Springfield’; we’re not ‘Stephen Stills and Buffalo Springfield’ … This is who we were and we’re just privileged to be here today and to be able to make the same music today as what’s in people’s hearts and minds.”

Speaking of the band’s legacy — they were perhaps second only to the Byrds in terms of their early influence on folk-rock — Furay is aware that Bonnaroo plays largely to a generation born after Buffalo Springfield’s 1966-1968 reign. While he speculates that the younger audience is probably already familiar with members Young and Stills, through their respective careers, some of “these young people are going to go ‘Buffalo what? Buffalo who?'” Furay admits. “They’re going to be surprised. We’re going to reconnect them with … where this all started.”

For Bonnaroo, one might say that where it all started was Woodstock — a  festival that Young and Stills performed at in the group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young but that Furay himself missed while touring elsewhere with his post-Springfield band, Poco. But for a new generation of music fans, Bonnaroo is where its at right now, in this moment — a fact which Furay recognizes by saying that “Bonnaroo is the most significant festival in the country.”

That’s partly due, of course, to its ability to resurrect a band such as Buffalo Springfield. And now, partially prompted by their upcoming performance at Bonnaroo, it’s time for Buffalo Springfield… “Again.”

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Buffalo Springfield fall tour 2011 – 30 dates

30 dates, says Richie Furay.

“Buffalo Springfield to Launch 30-Date Tour This Fall
‘I think this is the fun we thought we were going to have back in the Sixties,’ says Richie Furay”

Rolling Stone reports that.

Richie is the most verbose one of the current tour.

How many days did you guys rehearse?

A solid week. ”

Now that’s a solid statement.


Buffalo Springfield 2011 Fall Tour Confirmed

Neil Young and Buffalo Springfield confirm 2011 fall tour plans

By Robert Rheubottom, Canada Music Examiner
June 4th, 2011 12:47 pm ET

Buffalo Springfield alumni including Canadian legendary singer/songwriter Neil Young have confirmed they will tour in the fall after completing a handful of California gigs this month in preparation for playing Bonnaroo Music Festival.

The news was confirmed yesterday by bandmember Richie Furay who revealed the band will hit the road in September.

“There will be a fall tour — September, October, November,” Furay told “We have a bunch of cities for the fall that we’re looking at right now to just logically put together.”

Surviving Springfield members Furay, Young, and Young’s Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young bandmate Stephen Stills reunited for the 1st time in 42 years to play Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit last October.

The members enjoyed it so much, they got together this again this summer, and kicked off their pre-Bonnaroo warm up appearance with 2 shows at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA on June 1 & 2 (6/1/11 – 6/2/11).

The “For What It’s Worth” hitmakers will play Los Angeles on June 4 & 5 as well as Santa Barbara on June 7 & 8 before performing at Bonnaroo on June 11.

Along with a full set list a Springfield songs, the band has been encoring with Young’s 1989 anthem “Rocking in the Free World.”

No word on what U.S. or Canadian stops Buffalo Springfield might make on the fall tour. A vinyl box set of the group’s 3 albums, titled “Buffalo Springfield Complete” will be released soon.

Did you know? A full Buffalo Springfield reunion is no longer a possibility due to the October 2004 death of bassist Bruce Palmer, and the January 2009 death of drummer Dewey Martin. Along with Neil Young, Palmer and Martin were Canadians.

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Concert Review: USA Today, June 2, 2011

By Marco R. della Cava, USA Today, June 2, 2011

OAKLAND, Calif. — His imposing frame cloaked in a fringed leather jacket and wispy hair secured under a Panama hat, Neil Young smirked at the microphone as he summarized the vibe. “We’re Buffalo Springfield,” he announced to the packed Fox Theater crowd, “and we’re from the past.”

But Young wasn’t entirely correct. Wednesday’s concert, which kicked off the band’s first tour since it disbanded in 1968, proved to be far more than a mere greatest hits revival as it showcased the musical journeys of its three surviving members through a tight, 18-song set that ranged from mellow to monstrous. Meanwhile, the smell of marijuana wafted through the ornate 1920s theater with golden walls and large statues that look like cat Buddhas.

The tour continues to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara before hitting the Bonnaroo Music Festival June 11.

Opening with a compelling “On The Way Home,” one of the songs that defines this short-lived ’60s hit machine with its lilting harmonies and punchy pop sound, Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay (ably backed by drummer Joe Vitale and bass player Rick Rosas, who replaced the late Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer) showed that a successful regrouping at last fall’s Bridge School benefit concert was no fluke.

Stills’ high lonesome voice anchored “Rock and Roll Woman,” while Young’s distinctive cry lit up “Burned.” But Furay, who stood center stage, reminded everyone he was the linchpin, his plaintive tone painting songs such as “Kind Woman,” “Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It” and “Sad Memory” with a soulful brush that had women in the largely Baby Boomer crowd doe-eyed.

“We grew up with their music, so to hear it live is just amazing,” said Sheri Barschi, 53, of New York, who convinced her childhood friend Jodi Coren, 54, to leave Miami and rendezvous with her in the Bay Area for this show. “Look at her, she’s dancing like she’s 12.”

Coren stopped long enough to point out she was wearing the same embroidered jeans she sported against her parents’ wishes as a teen. “I wouldn’t have missed this for anything,” she said.

On stage, the motif was far simpler. Beneath a sign bearing the band’s name, Young and company had assembled a few vintage Fender amplifiers and a scruffy upright piano that shone beneath a Tiffany-style lamp. The only nod to extravagance was the trio’s many guitar changes, which included Fender Stratocasters and Flying Vs (Stills), a black Gibson Les Paul (Young’s weapon of choice) and a vast assortment of electrified acoustic guitars (for all three).

One of the most interesting byproducts of seeing Buffalo Springfield in concert is being able to instantly hear why they could not last. Any Furay tune announces his soft-rock future in Poco. Hear Young sing “I Am A Child” and you sense the inevitability of his solo career. And when Stills blasts out “Bluebird,” you know that his melding with David Crosby and Graham Nash (and later Young) was pre-ordained. But mostly, one is amazed at the sheer quality of music from a bunch of guys in their 20s who, for the most part, were in their first band.

Indeed, much of Buffalo Springfield’s success four decades back can be attributed to catchy harmonizing atop astutely constructed chord progressions. But that pop music formula was occasionally chased from the room Wednesday, never more so than when Young thundered through “Mr. Soul,” stomping across the stage like a T. rex who missed dinner. Dueling with Stills while Furay looked on amazed, these men seemed more like boys, grinning wildly as they pushed each other to the sonic edge.

Fun ruled the night, from the frequent smiles to the impromptu quips. Taking his time introducing “Do I Have To,” Young seemed like he was stalling. He smiled, then joked, “Hey, we only know about 10 songs, so we have to really stretch things out.”

The 90-minute show wrapped with a three-song encore featuring Young’s mixed-tempo “Broken Arrow,” Stills’ iconic “For What It’s Worth” and closing with Young’s anthemic post-Springfield tune, “Rockin’ In The Free World.”

Afterward, backstage, a joyful Furay said the show was nothing short of a time machine.
“I felt I was back at (Los Angeles’) Whiskey-a-Go-Go forty-odd years ago, singing to my wife,” he said. “What amazes me is that the songs still hold up so many years later.”
Furay said the trio rehearsed “for a solid week.” For Stills, that was enough. “At a certain point we all felt like, let’s just get out there and do it,” he said.

There were no Whiskey flashbacks for Stills, though. “Nah, back then we were young and small and we just hoped people wouldn’t leave the show,” he said with a laugh.

Nearby, Young, nursing a cold beer, grinned. “Sometimes,” he said, “it’s good to be from the past.”

Concert Review: Oakland Tribune

Review: Buffalo Springfield rides into Oakland

By Jim Harrington
Oakland Tribune
Posted: 06/02/2011 02:55:27 AM PDT

Buffalo Springfield June 1 2011

Don’t tell me you didn’t see this coming.

Buffalo Springfield’s long-awaited reunion at the 24th annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View back in October — which marked the legendary 1960s group’s first public performances in 42 years — was simply too good to be a one-off event.

So it really wasn’t that big a surprise when Buffalo Springfield announced earlier this year it was planning to tour for the first time since the band split up in 1968.

Surely the promise of a big payday — a headlining set at Tennessee’s mammoth Bonnaroo festival on June 11 — factored into the decision to fire up the tour buses. But, perhaps naively, I’d like to think it also had something to do with this how meaningful the Buffalo Springfield songbook is to both the musicians and the fans.

That’s the impression I got watching the reunited Springfield — which features original members Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and the Bay Area’s own Neil Young — at the Bridge School. And I got an even stronger sense of that during the group’s performance Wednesday night at Oakland’s Fox Theater, the kickoff of a six-date California tour designed to properly prep Buffalo Springfield for its Bonnaroo set.

Wednesday’s sold-out concert — the first half of a two-night stand at the venue — was superior in many ways to what was witnessed nearly eight months ago at Shoreline. Topping the list, however, was that the band was able to “plug in” at the Fox, instead of having to adhere to the “acoustic only” Bridge School format.

As expected, that change paid huge dividends, providing Stills and Young — both of whom made Rolling Stone magazine’s much-discussed list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” — with ample opportunities to light up the frets. Watching these two studs lock horns on the live stage — be it with Buffalo Springfield or with their other signature band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — never fails to impress.

The group, which also features Crosby, Stills and Nash drummer Joe Vitale in place of the late Dewey Martin and Young’s regular bassist Rick Rosas filling in for the late Bruce Palmer, sounded quite convincing as it filled the 90-minute show with selections from Buffalo Springfield’s three-album-strong songbook.

The quintet opened with “On the Way Home,” immediately followed with “Rock & Roll Woman,” and then proceeded to play just about every Buffalo Springfield song that a fan would want to hear, as well as a few that could’ve been easily trimmed from the set list.

The voices have changed over the last four decades, with Still’s suffering the most drastic weathering, but that couldn’t stop the wave of nostalgia that swept over the audience, a good portion of which was probably old enough to remember buying 1967’s “Buffalo Springfield Again” when it first came out.

Those seeing Buffalo Springfield for the first time might’ve been shocked to learn that it’s anything but Neil Young and a backing band. Fans, especially those living in the Bay Area, are used to seeing the Wizard of Woodside run the show. But Young, Furay and Stills come across as equals during a Buffalo Springfield concert, which is a very different vibe than what you get when you see Young perform with Crosby, Stills and Nash.

That factors into the reason why Buffalo Springfield is so interesting. The three co-leaders are dynamically different, and they each pull the band in their own directions. Furay, who would go on to form Poco after leaving Buffalo Springfield, favors smooth, sleek country-pop sounds, while Young prefers some rough edges and Stills is just looking for any excuse to blaze.

Buffalo Springfield changes its sound so drastically, moving from Furay softly crooning “Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It” to Young and Stills trading hot licks on “Mr. Soul,” that it’s hard to believe it’s all coming from the same band.

One might wish for more Young — and, indeed, his numbers were the highlights of this show — and a little less Furay. But that would defeat the whole purpose of this reunion, which is to remember what made Buffalo Springfield so intriguing in the first place.

And, boy, did the encore ever serve as a potent reminder. It opened with the fan-favorite “Broken Arrow,” included the all-time great protest anthem “For What It’s Worth,” and ended with a stellar version of Young’s “Keep on Rocking in the Free World.”

One can only hope that the reunited Buffalo Springfield decides to take that last song’s message to heart.

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We\'re having a good time tonight, but we\'re going to kill a lot of people next week.
by -- veteran rocker NEIL YOUNG, departing from his scripted on-stage remarks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

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