Neil Young’s recent studio work with Crazy Horse has put an anticipated reunion tour with Buffalo Springfield in an indefinite holding pattern.
In an article posted yesterday (2/27/12) by UltimateClassicRock.com, Springfield founding member Richie Furay reveals that the tour has been sidelined, and describes the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter’s decision to prioritize the solo recording project over the planned reunion tour with he ex-bandmate as “fickle.”
Furay says, “You know, Neil (Young) is just fickle and even though it boils down to all 3 of us making a decision…without the 3 of us, really there can’t be anything that would even resemble a Buffalo Springfield.”
The veteran guitarist adds, “I gotta say that we probably lost a little bit of our momentum; that isn’t to say it couldn’t be picked up again, but I certainly don’t see anything happening this year.”
The influential 60’s folk group reunion, which includes Furay, Young as well as Crosby, Still, Nash and Young alumnist Stephen Stills,reunited for the first time in 42 years to play Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit in 2010.
The “For What It’s Worth” hitmakers came together once again in June 2011 for 6 shows in Oakland, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA, followed by a highly touted headline appearance at Bonnaroo.
Plans for a 30-city tour were initially made for fall 2011, but were postponed.
No clear reason was given for the delay, but there were hints that the highly volatile and unpredictable Young (who quit the band twice during its short 60’s lifespan), might be partially behind the schedule change.
Richie Furay’s manager David Spero told Rolling Stone magazine last year,“The plan is still to tour next year (2012). There’s not a timeline at this point. Buffalo Springfield is at the top of Neil’s list [of] priorities. It’s just a matter of finding a time that works for everybody.”
Young cast doubt on this statement when he recently posted a 38-minute long audio medley to his official website, giving it the tongue-in-cheek title “Horse Back,” and, announced he was working on 2 new albums with Crazy Horse, during an appearance at Slamdance Film Festival in Toronto earlier this year .
Springfield reunion tour hopes fizzled further when Young reunited with Crazy Horse on February 10th (2/10/12) for a live appearance at the MusicCares Person of the Year Gala, honoring Paul McCartney.
Did you know? Buffalo Springfield was the springboard for the careers of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Jim Messina who went on to form such legendary groups as Crosby, Stills Nash (and Young), Poco, Loggins and Messina, as well as Neil Young with Crazy Horse.