Buffalo Springfield have postponed their planned fall 2011 tour until next year, according to a post on Richie Furay’s Facebook page. “For those of you getting excited about the Buffalo Springfield fall tour – word has just come to me that it has been moved to the first of next year,” he wrote. “I’m not going to spend a lot time here with details as you speculate among yourselves – there’s nothing to speculate about, the tour has simply been moved.”
The surviving members of Buffalo Springfield – Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay – reformed last October at Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit. It was their first appearance since splitting up in 1968. Earlier this month, they went on a seven-date tour that culminated with a headlining slot at Bonnaroo. “The plan is to do 30 dates this fall,” Furay told Rolling Stone shortly before the show. “The anchors will be Los Angeles and New York. What the other cities are, I can’t tell you right now – but we’re almost certainly doing Red Rocks.”
Backstage at the festival, Furay and Stills spoke more about the reunion. “This time I can actually play the guitar,” Stills said. “But not for long, according to certain physicians.” Stills did seem a bit alarmed when Furay mentioned a “30-plus” date tour for the fall. “Thirty plus?” he said. “Well, they better have a break. Cause if we have this much trouble with six, I can’t imagine 30.”
Buffalo Springfield existed for only two years, and during that time Neil Young quit the group at least two separate times. He later joined Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young with his former Buffalo Springfield bandmate Stephen Stills – and Young has walked away from that group too many times to count. In 1976 he formed the Stills-Young band with Stephen Stills. They recorded an album and hit the road – but Young quit about halfway through the tour. He informed Stills of his decision in an infamous letter: “Funny how things that start spontaneously end that way,” he wrote. “Eat a peach, Neil.”
Despite that history, there’s no indication that Young has quit Buffalo Springfield. Again.