Review – Buffalo Springfield @ The Wiltern – Los Angeles,CA – 06/04/11
Jun 9th, 2011
Category: Buffalo Springfield, Los Angeles, Wiltern Theater, The, Written Reviews
This Buffalo Springfield review comes from Chris Modisette, someone who I consider to be one of LA’s greatest concert goers. I have been asking Chris for years to write a review for YTC, simply due to the fact I have never met anyone as knowledgeable or insightful when it comes to critiquing concerts. Thanks for the review Chris, we hope to see more of your thoughts in the future. -lorn
Here is some Buffalo Springfield tuneage to enjoy as you read this review.
Buffalo Springfield @ The Wiltern – Review
When I first heard that Buffalo Springfield was reuniting for the Bridge School Benefit last October, I was hoping beyond hoping that they’d tour this year. So needless to say, when they announced shows at The Wiltern in LA, I totally freaked out.
When I told friends that I was going to see Buffalo Springfield many of them had reactions of “oh man, Neil Young!” but this is very much a band divided among the three equal parts of Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Neil Young. In no way is it just Young and a few hack musicians that he used to play with.
On to the show. From the moment that their perfect harmonies opened “On the Way Home” (my favorite song of theirs), I knew this was going to be a special night. Richie Furay’s voice still sounds as pure as it does 40+ years ago, and he was definitely the most grateful to be up on stage, as the least successful of the three he seemed to be enjoying every minute of it. “Rock and Roll Woman” was the next song, another song that had me mostly speechless, as I’ve always loved it but never thought I’d have a chance to see Buffalo Springfield preform it live.
Young didn’t even play an electric guitar until the fourth or fifth song, and was very much a supportive backdrop to Stills and Furay for the first part of the show. “I Am a Child” was utterly gorgeous, and for me cemented itself right then as Buffalo Springfield’s most overlooked gem. The crowd was mostly polite and tame at the beginning, until the start of “Mr. Soul”…this is the song that got the obviously overserved 50 and 60-somethings out of their seats and moving around. Whether this song is Neil doing his best Keith Richard imitation or not (the opening riff is pretty much “Satisfaction” verbatim) is beside the point, it was during this that Neil busted out one of his trademark guitar solos as only Neil can. It was completely stunning.
They closed the main set with a 7 or 8-minute extended jam of “Bluebird”, which just floored me. It was more jammy and stripped down than the album version, but was just perfect for this show. The encore consisted of the wondrous “Broken Arrow”, “For What It’s Worth”, and “Rockin’ in the Free World”, which was the only non-Buffalo Springfield song they played the entire night. I feel so grateful that I got to see this show, at a 2,300-capacity venue with arguably the best sound in all of LA. It’s an experience I won’t soon forget. – Chris Modisette
Buffalo Springfield @ The Wiltern 06/04/11 Setlist
1. On The Way Home
2. Rock & Roll Woman
4. A Child’s Claim to Fame
5. Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It
6. Go and Say Goodbye
7. I Am a Child
8. Hot Dusty Roads
9. Kind Woman
10. Mr. Soul
11. Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing
12. Everybody’s Wrong
13. My Kind of Love
17. For What It’s Worth
18. Rockin’ In The Free World (Neil Young song)
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