Buffalo Springfield to reunite for Neil Young's 24th Bridge School benefit
Neil Young will reunite with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay for a pair of performances as Buffalo Springfield for Young’s annual Bridge School benefit concerts in Northern California, with lineups that also include Pearl Jam, Elton John and Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams and several other acts.
The reunion of the influential country-rock band born in 1966 in Los Angeles will feature Young, Stills and Furay as an acoustic trio, given the Bridge School’s history of unplugged performances by all participants. The group's other two original members, bassist Bruce Palmer and drummer Dewey Martin, died in 2004 and 2009, respectively.
Springfield will top the bill both days of the Oct. 23 and 24 shows, which generates funds and awareness for the school’s programs aiding severely physically handicapped students.
“We make Pearl Jam look like a young band,” Young said with a chuckle over the weekend. “It’s all a matter of perspective.” Buffalo Springfield, in turn, won’t hold the most seniority thanks to the presence elsewhere on the shows of 83-year-old mountain music patriarch Ralph Stanley and a pairing of two of country music’s most esteemed singers and songwriters: 74-year-old Kris Kristofferson and 73-year-old Merle Haggard.
The Oct. 23 show features Springfield, Pearl Jam, Williams, Costello, Haggard and Kristofferson, Jackson Browne with David Lindley, Billy Idol, Modest Mouse and Grizzly Bear. The Oct. 24 lineup replaces Williams, Browne-Lindley and Idol with Elton John and Leon Russell, who will be part of T Bone Burnett’s Speaking Clock Revue, also featuring Stanley, Costello, Neko Case and “Crazy Heart” star Jeff Bridges.
The Bridge School shows will again be held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. Tickets go on sale Sunday on Ticketmaster.
— Randy Lewis
Photo: 1960s publicity photo of Buffalo Springfield. Credit: Rhino Records.