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Buffalo Springfield just one of two tantalizing reunions slated for Bonnaroo 2011

Buffalo Springfield reunion 10-2010 
Along with the coup of what figures to be one of a small handful of Eminem live appearances in 2011, this year’s Bonnaroo Festival in Tennesee also has in store a reunion performance in June by surviving original members of Buffalo Springfield, festival organizers announced today.

Neil Young, Richie Furay and Stephen Stills played together for the first time since 1968 last fall at Young’s annual Bridge School benefit concerts in Mountain View in Northern California. For those two shows, Springfield charter members were backed by longtime Young bassist Rick Rosas (filling in for Bruce Palmer, who died in 2004) and Crosby, Stills & Nash drummer Joe Vitale (taking over for Dewey Martin, who died in 2009).

They ran through a generous sampling of Springfield’s influential rock-folk-country songbook, including “For What it’s Worth (Stop, Hey, What’s That Sound),” “Rock & Roll Woman,” “Mr. Soul,” “Bluebird,”  “Kind Woman,” “I Am A Child” and “On the Way Home.”

After those performances, the three reportedly were so satisfied by the outcome that they started talking about doing more shows in 2011. Nothing is official yet, but the announcement of the Bonnaroo appearance raises the possibility of Springfield dates in Southern California, where the group formed in 1966.

In addition to the Springfield reunion, the Bonnaroo lineup also has a tantalizing reunion of two of the key forces in New Orleans R&B and funk: Dr. John and the Meters.  They plan to play their 1974 collaborative album “Desitively Bonnaroo,” from which the festival takes its name, in its entirety for the first time in public.

Bonnaroo will run June 9 through 12 in Manchester, Tenn.

— Randy Lewis

Photo of reunited Buffalo Springfield at Neil Young's Bridge School concerts in October 2010: drummer Joe Vitale, left, Stephen Stills,  Richie Furay, Neil Young and bassist Rick Rosas. Credit: Eleanor Stills.

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Hey, how about Jimmy Messina on bass? Not only an actual former member, but a true gentleman...

rumblestrip's idea of inviting Jim Messina to join the reunion is a terrific one!

Steven Stills, the most amazing guitar player I've ever seen. ( I was about 20 years old at the time, being around 1990?)I was front row dead center at the concert hall , in Melbourne Australia about 15 years ago and he rocked the house with his acoustic and electric solo. Never seen anything like it. I shock hands with CSNY that night, they even came up to the front row and took the time to shake my hand , and my sister's ( Carol) hand. Grahem Nash talked a little with my sister ,and she was blown away. An awsome event. I've also been to every Neil Young concert in Australia post 1985 , and nothing as good as seeing Neil live . Last time I saw Neil was big day out 2 years ago in Sydney , with Ben Keith and bass player Rick Rosa. Wish you guys came out to Australia more often. There's a lot of fans heer for you guys. Dan Fenelon

where's the line-up?
Insufficient reporting. Gee, that's shocking.

That's a natural suggestion, Rumblestrip, and that very question was raised by a number of fans around the time fo Springfield's Bridge School reunion shows last fall. I'm afraid it's one that can only be answered by Young, Stills and/or Furay.

I was at the final concert for Buffalo Springfield . I have been an active musician my whole life, their music was a wonderful influence in my life, one of the greatest bands of all time. I'll never forget the final concert, in the middle of Bluebird people were crowding the stage caught up in the excitement, the concert mgr? stopped the show to tell everyone to set down, Stills flipped him off and left the stage, somehow he was talked back to finishing the song, love these guys, thanks for the music, Daryl


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