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Buffalo Springfield to reunite for Neil Young's 24th Bridge School benefit

Buffalo Springfield press shot

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.

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The Shoreline Ampitheatre is not "near" Concord CA at all. Its closer to San Jose and San Francisco, and Oakland for that matter. You wrote this article on a computer, it shouldn't be to difficult to check your facts. How did you ever get a job.

All the acts on the bill sound pretty good, although Jeff Bridges is not a good singer. I saw him perform during a tribute show to Michael McDonald and his voice is terrible. But the Buffalo Springfield reunion should be sweet since Neil Young is still great.

Bruce Palmer is gone, but what about Jim Fielder? He played bass on the group's second album after Palmer left. Just a thought. Seems like that would be more like a reunion than just the trio listed.

Hope this is taped for PBS -- what a great line-up...

Cool sounding concert

My favorite 60s band. Steve Stills sang at an earlier Bridge School concert and his voice was pretty shot, but you can fill in and smooth the roughness with what you remember from his better days and everything is cool.

It will be great to hear even a partial reunion Buffalo Springfield play again. I hope Jim Messina shows up. Neil wrote a song about this, and now it will come to pass. I hope they all get time to practice together and kick out the cobwebs

I once heard Neil talking on an NPR program and recounting his days with the Buffalo Springfield. It was obviously a special time for him and he had great respect for what the band did together. He referred to some lost studio tapes which contained 'the best we ever played, just magical stuff'. I just hope those tapes are found someday and are still playable.

Buffalo Springfield, AGAIN.

Without Dewey Martin or Bruce Palmer(or even Jim Fielder, or Jimmy Messina)this is just The Stills-Young-Furay Band. Dewey died nearly destitute a year ago, and his property was auctioned off by L.A. County. As Richie Furay once sang with BS.."Sad Memory."

Well, my friendly nay-sayers...Nothing could be better at this time of our lives than to relive what the Springfield did for all of us in the mid-60s. Dewey and Bruce were admirable for their fine backups...But who did the light shine on? Future superstars Neil and Stephen..!! and Richie has done just fine since leaving them all. A chance for them to play/sing together must be a thrill for them....and US. I saw them once...1967 in Anaheim, Ca. Of course, have seen Neil in various ensembles since....how about that CSNY? And Stephen still(s) plays the guitar like almost no one else around. I will be there with my bells and beads on...Buffalo Springfield, Last Time Around.

Jeff Bridges can still sing the heck out of a song. So can Stills. Talk about True Grit!
I'll be there Sunday and I hope T-Bone brings his show to Oregon, along with that crowing Rooster dude!

The reunion of Young, Stills, and Furay should be interesting; however, I agree that it is the Stills-Young-Furay band, not the Springfield. What made the Springfield great was not the success and fame that its members achieved later, it was the chemistry of the members when all five were there. When Neil was missing (and he often was) it wasn't the Springfield. Bruce Palmer's absences similarly made it a different band.

That said, it will be interesting to see the three friends playing together again.


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