The throng at Saturday night’s Bonnaroo festival was treated to a reunion of rock and roll royalty. Buffalo Springfield took the stage at 9:30 pm Sunday night at the middle Tennessee music festival. The show was the last of a seven date reunion tour that brought together Richie Furay, Stephen Stills and Neil Young together on the same stage for the first time since the late sixties.,
The Buffalo Springfield formed in 1966 with Furay, Stills, and Young as founding members. Also in the first iteration of the band was Dewey Martin on drums and Bruce Palmer on bass. Their first paying gig together was at Hollywood’s Troubadour on April 11, 1966. In November, Stills composed their only number one song, “For What It’s Worth,” after witnessing police action against young people on Sunset Strip.
Buffalo Springfield on the Smother Brothers – 1967
Jim Messina joined the group later after Bruce Palmer ran afoul of the law and was deported. However, his involvement was short lived as the Springfield suffered through personality disconnects and imploded from within. Their last 20th century concert appearance was at the Long Beach Arena on May 5, 1968. After the band played many of its best-known tunes, an extended version of “Bluebird” became the group’s swan song. Buffalo Springfield disbanded a little more than two years after it had begun.
Fast forward to 2011. Richie Furay took a call from Neil Young. Shortly after they connected with Stills and reunion discussions flourished. They officially reunited at the annual Bridge School Benefit concert on October 23-24, 2010, in Mountain View, Ca.
On the heels of the Bonnaroo appearance, Rolling Stone magazine is reporting that the Springfield will be kicking off a 30 show tour this fall.
Here’s the encore at Bonnaroo which was Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World.