After months of rumors, Buffalo Springfield have announced dates for their first tour since splitting up in 1968. The group – featuring original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay – are going to play a six-date California tour in early June, leading up to their set at Bonnaroo on June 11th. Young’s longtime bassist Rick Rosas will be taking the place of the late Bruce Palmer and Crosby, Stills and Nash drummer Joe Vitale is filling in for the late Dewey Martin.
“It’s hard to believe 42 years have passed since we played together as the Buffalo Springfield,” Richie Furay said in a statement. “Over the years, music never stopped flowing from each of us, and it’s come ‘full circle,’ if you will. And now, we get to share our hearts with you again — yes, Buffalo Springfield again!”
Last October the band performed two nights at Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit. “Before I got the call about the reunion I always told people there wasn’t any chance we’d ever reunite,” Furay told Rolling Stone shortly after the concerts. “Now I’m never going to say never again. We left with the idea that we can do this if we want to.” While no other dates have been announced beyond Bonnaroo and these six California shows, David Crosby recently told Rolling Stone that they are going to probably play more dates in the fall. Furay’s official website says that a tour is “slated for September.”
The group’s setlist at the Bridge School Benefit consisted of music from the group’s brief Sixties run – including “Bluebird,” “Rock and Roll Woman,” “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing,” “On The Way Home,” “I Am A Child,” “Mr. Soul” and their one big hit “For What It’s Worth.”
“We wound up doing the songs that flowed best,” said Furay. “I was thinking maybe about us doing Steven’s ‘Hot Dusty Roads’ from the first album or ‘Hung Upside Down’ [from 1967’s Buffalo Springfield Again]. The ones we wound up doing certainly covered the spectrum of our music.”
Gillian Welch is going to open up the newly announced dates.
June 1, Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
June 2, Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
June 4, Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA
June 5, Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA
June 7, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
June 8, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
June 11, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN