Tuesday, November 6th 2012
News: Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Stephen Stills
Back in 2010, the surviving members of Buffalo Springfield re-formed after more than four decades to play at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit. They then took to a small string of shows, with a larger tour in the planning stages.
It never happened though, and now Stephen Stills has shifted the blame to fellow Buffaloer Neil Young.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Stills expressed his disappointment with the tour plans being canceled.
“We were supposed to work for most of the summer,” Stills told RS. “It left me in a lurch for three quarters and ruined my financial planning.” Stills also said about 150 people got laid off that were supposed to work on the tour, seemingly trying to make Young out to be the bad guy.
“We didn’t go all that trouble for seven shows,” Stills continued. “That’s what impetuosity will do for you. You can’t go off half-cocked . . . When Neil is involved you anything you need a seatbelt.”
Young touched on the subject back in June, telling Rolling Stone that he’d rather devote attention to his new project with Crazy Horse (the great Psychedelic Pill), saying that if he continued with Buffalo Springfield he’d “be on a tour of my past for the rest of fucking time.”
Even with all of the internal drama, Stills told the magazine he wasn’t mad at Young. “He was very kind to me in his book. I can’t be unkind about it . . . Working with Neil is a privilege, not a right.”
That’s a seemingly bizarre way to describe a relationship with a musician that Stills has a pretty expansive history with, but it’s good there’s no animosity between the guys. Maybe someday down the line we’ll see the guys playing another out of place headlining show at a major festival like at Bonnaroo in 2011.