Buffalo Springfield fans received a huge thrill when co-founding members Stephen Stills and Neil Young staged a mini-reunion on April 21 in Los Angeles at The Dolby Theatre as part of the 5th annual Light Up the Blues Benefit Concert in support of Autism Speaks. The pair of two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famers reunited during Young's set to cover the Stills-Young Band classic “Long May You Run,” as well as two Buffalo Springfield classics “For What It's Worth” and “Mr. Soul.”
Rolling Stone reports on April 22 that the ex-Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young bandmates were each slated to perform individually at the event, which featured return emcee Jack Black and a star-studded line-up, including: Sheryl Crow, Burt Bacharach and Beck, among many others.
Earlier in the evening Stills, who stages the event annually with his wife Kristen, appeared with his current duet partner Judy Collins for a cover of “Handle with Care” and later also sang lead vocals with The Heartbreakers for a cover of their late great frontman Tom Petty's “I Won't Back Down.” But the biggest thrill was reserved for Still's appearance with Young during the “Heart of Gold” hitmaker's closing set, which also included a surprise appearance from Patti Smith, who joined in to perform “People Have the Power.”
Fans who missed the action can check out the the pair of legendary folk-rockers having a ball performing the Stills-penned 1967 Buffalo Springfield anthem “For What It's Worth.” Any animosity between the two is nowhere to be found as Young hits the familiar opening guitar harmonics and Stills begins the first verse, “There's something happening/What it is any exactly clear.”
Stills & Collins will launch a tour of North America on May 1 in Vancouver, B.C., at The Vogue Theatre in continued support of their debut studio album Everybody Knows, dropped Sept. 22, 2017 via Wildflower/Cleopatra. Get your tickets now at AXS.
Young recently released the sound track for his film “Paradox,” which dropped April 20 via Reprise. The Grammy winner is among the headliners slated to appear on June 23 in Pasadena, Calif., at Arroyo Seco Weekend, as well as on July 6 in Quebec City, P.Q., at Quebec City Summer Festival.