Buffalo Springfield are reforming for their first concert in 42 years, happening at this year’s Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California on October 23rd and October 24th. Rolling Stone can confirm that surviving original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay will perform. (Original bassist Bruce Palmer died in 2004; the band’s first drummer, Dewey Martin, died last year.) Neil Young and his wife Pegi have staged the all-acoustic Bridge School concerts, which raise money for the students with severe physical handicaps, nearly every year since 1986.
Other likely performers: Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Merle Haggard with Kris Kristofferson, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear, Billy Idol, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne and T-Bone Burnett’s Speaking Clock Revue, which features Elton John and Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case and Jeff Bridges.
Buffalo Springfield last played together in 1968, though they performed privately at the home of Stephen Stills in July of 1986. A tour was discussed, but Young decided he didn’t want to do it — leaving Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer to recruit new members and tour as Buffalo Springfield Revisited. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, but Young didn’t attend the ceremony. Three years later he released the song “Buffalo Springfield Again,” which voiced a desire to “to see those guys again and give it a shot. Maybe we can now show the world what we got.”