Stephen Stills Says Buffalo Springfield Reunion Won't Be Repeated
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Stephen Stills Says Buffalo Springfield Reunion Won't Be Repeated
Stephen Stills isn't one to dwell on the past -- but he recently touched upon a couple of instances when Neil Young has left him holding the bag. Although Graham Nash has been quite vocal about the fact that Neil Young left Stills and Richie Furray high and dry when he decided to indefinitely postpone Buffalo Springfield's 2011 30-date reunion tour, Stills has just recently shed some light on the scrapped road trek.
When talking to, Stills was asked about being uncomfortable back in 1997 when both the Springfield and Crosby, Stills, & Nash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- marking him the first artist to enter the Hall in the same year for two different bands. Stills recalled, "I must say, it was the fact that Neil (Young) didn’t show up, I had a lot of balls in the air, put it that way. I didn’t quite understand why Neil declined to come. Nobody else gets away with this! It’s always astonished me. That’s why the Buffalo Springfield tour probably shan’t be repeated, there was a lot of waiting involved, and that got expensive. For me."
Stills, who started out as a drummer, was asked about his eventual switch to guitar: "I rather fell in love with Chuck Berry, and learning to play guitar to Jimmy Reed and all these old blues records, Muddy (Waters), Elmore James, that’s what me and (Jerry) Garcia were practicing to. We would play along to these wonderful blues records."
When asked about whether he's been pitching in on the upcoming CSNY box set of the group's 1974 tour, he explained that he decided to take a pass, saying, "No: I had to say, you guys take this one. I can’t relive those days. Let's say, Pro Tools was born to do this."
Graham Nash explained to us that when he and David Crosby heard that Stills had been left flat by Young regarding the Springfield reunion tour, they sprung into action and reactivated Crosby, Stills, & Nash for a massive world tour in 2012: "And when David and I heard what happened, me and David went up to Stephen's house and we said, 'Look, y'know that we're Crosby-Nash, y'know that we have a band, y'know that we tour regularly.' I said, 'But David and I don't like what just happened to you, we're willing to cancel Crosby-Nash tours and go out if you commit to it. And he was so touched and so touched by the realization that we really do care about him and love him. He came with his A-game, and he's on fire." 

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