Buffalo Springfield Reunion Highlights Packed Bridge School Benefit

Written by October 25th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Neil and Pegi Young’s Bridge School Benefit has always been one of the coolest concert bills around, and this year was no different. Highlighted by a reunited Buffalo Springfield, the weekend-long concert, which benefits disabled children, featured acoustic sets from Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear, and many, many more. Merle Haggard was forced to cancel due to illness.

For Buffalo Springfield first gig in more than forty years, Young was joined by Stephen Stills, Richard Furay, CSN drummer Joe Vitale and Young bassist Rick Rosas for songs like “For What It’s Worth,” “Burned”, “Rock N Roll Woman,” and “Mr. Soul.”

Pearl Jam played two sets over two nights, covering Patti Smith’s “Dancing Barefoot,” and joined Neil Young for the Le Noise track “Walk With Me.”

Also on hand were Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, Modest Mouse, and T Bone Burnett’s Speaking Clock Review, featuring actor Jeff Bridges, Neko Case, Ralph Stanley, Costello, and Elton John and Leon Russell.

  • peter Gerstenzang

    They were really good. Rehearsed, on key and the solos are fine. God love those boys

  • ron boyle

    It was a fantastic event. I was at the Sat performance. Too many highlights to name but Buffalo Springfield was the highlight for me. Pearl Jam also played a powerful set augmented by a string section & spec guest Neil on his new Walk With Me song. Also Buffalo Springfield’s bass player is Rick Rosas aka Rick the bass player. Rick has had a long career playing with Joe Walsh & now Neil Young. He also is in Waddy Wachtels’s band. The highlights for me of the Springfield’s set would be Nowdays Clancy Cant Even Sing with Richie Furay & Neil trading verses and Neil’s I Am a Child. What a band! I had waited most of my life to see them. As a very young music fan in the 60′s with AM radio & KHJ Boss Radio surveys I had missed my chance to see them. Way too young. But this was a magical reunion. Sometimes these things dont work out this well. Another highlight for me was Elvis Costello w/ surprise duet partner Emmylou Harris! They performed a number of Everly Bros songs & were joined by Neil & Kris Kristofferson during the set. What a special event. This is the 1st one I’ve attended & kudos have got to go to Neil & Pegi Young + Shoreline Amphitheatre. Yay

  • Linda Yeager

    What a treat for me! I have been a long time fan. I saw them first in 1966 at Cal State LA in the gym. They’re still wonderful!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/the-buffalo-springfield Jim Hofman

    Wow these guys pulled it off with just one week of rehearsals … Great to see them together although wistful Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin have passed on …

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