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Published: 2011/06/06
by Sam Davis

Buffalo Springfield’s Richie Furay Talks Bonnaroo, Hints at Fall Tour

On Friday afternoon, Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield took part in a Bonnaroo press conference. The iconic 60’s rockers will headline the festival—now in its 10th year—this weekend as part of its first tour in 43 years. When asked why the band chose to play Bonnaroo Furay explained, “It is a unique festival; it’s not like focused in on one particular genre of music and everybody just can have their way on their stage…Bonnaroo is probably the most significant festival in the country. And I think it was just a great platform for us to be able to come out and be a part of.”

As with recent sets, the band’s Bonnaroo performance will feature all Buffalo Springfield originals along with the notable exception of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” as their final encore. When asked why the band chose to include one of of Young’s solo songs, Furlay explained “I think it got in the set because, I mean, it’s such a rocker that gives both Neil and Stephen an opportunity to really just let their guitars fly, you know, open.”

Furay also hinted at future fall tour plans, suggesting that dates could come as early as the fall. While he did not rule out the possibility of recording new material, Furay implied that a live album would likely come first. “Things are being recorded and what we decide to do with that is anybody’s guess. But it’s being recorded.” He also stated that Buffalo Springfield will be reissuing all three of its late 60’s albums on vinyl in a package called Buffalo Springfield Complete in the coming months.

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