Buffalo Springfield were always a house of cards caught in a hurricane. Neil Young was -- and still is -- famous for going wherever his muse takes him, others be damned. From the band's earliest days Young had issues to deal with, including the onset of epilepsy, constant drug use, and apprehension about the band management and the music business in general. On May 5, 1968, Buffalo Springfield gave their final performance as a group.
This month, the Beatles get a second chance to be enshrined in the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame -- but first they have to get by Buffalo Springfield. Each month, our readers will determine which of eight legendary artists or bands is immortalized forever for their contributions to classic rock history.
The key for many an aspiring band in the mid '60s was to take a few things from the Beatles playbook and mix in lessons learned from Bob Dylan. In short order, folk rock was born. The Byrds and the Turtles were among the many who took the genre to pop gold. It was from this seed that the Buffalo Springfield would also grow after joining up in in 1966.
Buffalo Springfield are one of the archetype rock and roll bands of all time. Their time together was brief, but in just over two years they managed to issue three albums and a handful of singles, and spawn the careers of Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer, Dewey Martin, Jim Messina and Neil Young. Not bad for a bunch
By the time Buffalo Springfield started recording their second album during the first half of 1967, the five members were barely speaking to each other. Neil Young wasn’t around much. Their bass player was battling drug problems. And a series of studio musicians was called in to help shape the three main writers’ songs.
The inability of Neil Young to stay committed to a musical idea has been part of his charm throughout his career, but to his infrequent bandmate Stephen Stills it's maddening. In a new interview, Stills opens up about the damage Young did by walking away from the Buffalo Springfield reunion tour that was scheduled to take place in 2012.
Neil Young's busy 2012 was partly to blame for a planned Buffalo Springfield reunion tour falling through earlier this year, but it sounds like a get-together with Richie Furay and Stephen Stills could be moving up his priority list for 2013. In a recent interview, Young expressed regret that the '60s group never reached their potential.