Of all the acts scheduled for Bonnaroo this coming weekend, Buffalo Springfield stands as one of the festivals biggest gets. Reunited after 43 years, the Manchester, TN event will be the only festival gig the band plays this summer. Founding-member Richie Furay spoke to journalists during a press conference call on Friday about Buffalo Springfields plans for Bonnaroo and beyond.
When asked about the future of Buffalo Springfield, Furay confirmed that the group will continue to tour through at least the fall. While logistics are still being hammered out, he said to expect dates to be announced for September through November of this year.
He also addressed the possibility of a live album emerging from the reunion. Im sure things are being recorded, he said. What we decide to do with that is anybodys guess. Theres also the chance of some new tunes, as Furay says hes learned never say never. Regardless, fans definitely have a new release to look forward to, as Furay promised a vinyl box set called Buffalo Springfield Complete containing all three of the seminal groups records.
As for Bonnaroo, Furay expressed excitement at the opportunity to introduce a younger generation perhaps more familiar with the names of his band-mates Stephen Stills and Neil Young to the roots of those artists sound, saying, Theyre going to be surprised. Were going to connect them with. . . where this all started. With that aim, Furay confirmed that their set will consist almost entirely of songs from Buffalo Springfields catalog, with the one exception being regular closer Rocking in the Free World. When questioned why the Neil Young track made the cut, he called it a rocker that lets Stephen and Neil let their guitars fly. Its a closing song, ya know? He also mentioned Hot Dusty Roads and Broken Arrow as songs that could make an appearance.
At the end of the conference, a question came regarding the musics ability to hold up over four decades after it was last performed by the group. Undaunted, Furay claimed that hes been enraptured at how good [the songs] sound today. I can sometimes just get caught up in the moment and listening and say oops, I gotta go sing now. It sounds like its going to be one hell of a weekend down on the farm.