The Buffalo Springfield Reunion Appears To Be Over

'Neil is just fickle,' says Richie Furay

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Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield perform during the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.
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In news that should be of no surprise to any longtime fan of Neil Young, Richie Furay has announced that Buffalo Springfield is once again on an indefinite hiatus. "I was actually told, 'We’re doing this 30-day tour,'" Furay said during a recent radio interview on WBAI. "And, you know, Neil is just fickle, and even though it boils down to all three of us making a decision . . . without the three of us, really there can’t be anything that would even resemble a Buffalo Springfield . . . I gotta say that we probably lost a little bit of our momentum. That isn’t to say it couldn’t be picked up again, but I certainly don’t see anything happening this year."

Buffalo Springfield played their first shows since splitting up in 1968 at the Bridge School Benefit in the fall of 2010. The next summer they played a six-date theater tour of California before performing at Bonnaroo. Around that time, Richie Furay said that a thirty date tour was being booked for later in the year, but they later said the timeline moved to sometime in 2012. "This delay happened for a multitude of reasons," Richie Furay's manager David Spero told Rolling Stone last September. "The plan is still to tour next year. There's not a timeline at this point. Buffalo Springfield is at the top of Neil's list of priorities. It's just a matter of finding a time that works for everybody."

The band seems to be no longer on the "top of Neil's list of priorities," especially since he began working again with Crazy Horse at some point last year. Last month he posted a thirty-seven minute recording of a jam with the group called "Horse Back." Right around that time, Young announced that he recently cut a new album with Crazy Horse called Americana and that a second one was in the works. At the Slamdance Film Festival, Young said that Americana "has a choir in it that sings with Crazy Horse. A very young choir of children. They're songs we all know from kindergarten, but Crazy Horse has rearranged them, and they now belong to us."

Crazy Horse made their first live appearance with Young on February 10th when they performed "I Saw Her Standing There" at the MusiCares tribute to Paul McCartney. As of now, though, there's no indication that a Neil Young and Crazy Horse Tour is in the works. "I honestly have not heard a solitary thing about touring," Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina wrote on his Facebook page last week. Two days later he gave fans a little more hope when someone wrote they "can't stand" waiting to hear about a tour. "I KNOW," Molina wrote. "You'll have to sit, for now! It's in the Horizon . . . Somewhere."

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