Monday, 12 February 2018
Buffalo Springfield: Five Landmark Concerts and Three Key Cover Versions
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Buffalo Springfield had nearly reformed several times down the years (Bruce and Dewey's 'unofficial' version aside), with several rehearsal gigs held in private (including several where Neil characteristically didn't show - one of them even when it took place at his house!) However the band always vowed to get back together again someday and they finally did in 2010 for the first of a run of eight dates. Sweetly the band's big much-talked-about comeback came not at some sell-out arena but at the Bridge School Concert charity shows organised by Neil's then-wife Pegi to aid children with cerebral palsy (including the Young's son Ben). It was a good humoured show, with equal space given over to Stills, Young and Furay and much gleeful chatting between songs just like the old days. The band were a little rusty it has to be said and the backing band (chosen by Neil) was a far cry from the raw sophistication of the band in their heyday, but it was great to have the band back at all and the set listr was a good mixture of basically the three different variations on the setlist the band played between 1966 and 1968 with a few extras thrown in. An encore of Neil's 'Rockin' In The Free World' was the only post-Springfield song and the only thing that didn't really fit. 'On The Way Home', never performed by the band live though Neil did it several times and sometimes with Stephen in CSNY, makes for an especially good opening number being effectively where the band left off ('I won't be back till later on - if I do come back at all'). The vibes in thew room were all good, the band played another seven well received shows in 2011 and promised a full tour - which like so many Springfield things was a good idea that never quite happened.