Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Buffalo Springfield To Reunite After 42 Years

Gibson.com is reporting that Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay are reforming as Buffalo Springfield for a concert this fall. The three original members of the ’60s folk-rock group will be reuniting for a performance during Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California.

Young, Stills and Furay are the only surviving members of Buffalo Springfield’s initial lineup. Bassist Bruce Palmer died in 2004 and drummer Dewey Martin died last year. There’s no word on who will fill those slots, or if the band will perform as an acoustic trio.

The last time Buffalo Springfield played a public show was in 1968 (they once performed privately at Stills’ house in 1986). There was talk of a reunion tour, but Young wasn’t interested. Subsequently, Martin and Palmer brought in other members and toured as Buffalo Springfield Revisited. In 1997, the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Young chose not to attend. However, three years later, he released the song “Buffalo Springfield Again,” in which he discussed getting the band back together and sang, “Maybe we can now show the world what we got.”

Young and his wife Pegi began the Bridge School Benefit shows in 1986. The concerts serve as fundraisers for students who have severe physical disabilities. This year’s pair of shows will take place October 23 and 24. As Gibson.com previously reported, Pearl Jam will celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band at the benefit. Other acts rumored to be on the bill include Elvis Costello, Merle Haggard, Lucinda Williams, Modest Mouse, Billy Idol and Jackson Browne.

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