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Gillian Welch and David Rawlings open for Buffalo Springfield at the Santa Barbara Bowl
Published on June 12, 2011
Buffalo Springfield at the Santa Barbara Bowl From left, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, and Richie Furay
Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield at the Santa Barbara Bowl
Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield at the Santa Barbara Bowl
Niel Young with Buffalo Springfield at the Santa Barbara Bowl
From left: Stephen Stills, Neil Young, and Richie Furay took the stage for their first of two shows at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
The spotlights for Buffalo Springfield on a moonlit night at the Santa Barbara Bowl
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Let's see...Buffalo Springfield shakes of 43 years of cobwebs to reincarnate themselves and play precious few gigs in 2011 of which we in Santa Barbara were lucky enough to draw back to back evening performances along with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Of course such a noteworthy event would be reported on and reviewed in great detail by the Independent...wouldn't it? I mean even Peter Gabriel was deemed worthy of review following his concert. So, where are the reviews? Didn't the concert take place? I know it did 'cause I was there along with a full house on the second night. I have reason to believe the first night as sellout as well. Don't two sellout shows of arguably the last worthwhile sixties band to reband for a 21st century concert merit at least a paragraph of commentary? Here goes my take: Don't go to reunion concerts if what you're looking for is dejavu all over again. I last saw the BS in San Diego in 1968. That was many years and many concerts ago. Here in SB, BS (palindrome intentional) put on the show you would have expected but was mostly running on two of its three cylinders. Neil Young was great, Richie Furay was pretty good and Steven Stills was none of the above. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings would do better to play as headliners at more intimate venues where people who really care about music and don't talk during performances can actually hear and appreciate what' happening on stage. Playing second fiddle to sixties backwash reunion concert tours and indifferent audiences who appear to think it's "hip" not to be in their seats respectfully listening to the opening act does nothing to enhance the experience for anyone, including the musicians who clearly expressed their frustration at the rude SB crowd they tried valiantly to please. That was sad...as was S. Still's almost unrecognizable and forgettable renditions of "Bluebird" and "For What it's Worth"...which wasn't much. For me the highlights were Neil Young's between song commentaries and nearly everything that Young and Furay sang. Best in show for me were "Broken Arrow" and "Sad Memory". Your thoughts?
jeffchemnick (anonymous profile)June 13, 2011 at 10:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The Peter Gabriel review is coming soon.
mike (web content manager)June 13, 2011 at 2:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
here's the Peter Gabriel review.
mike (web content manager)June 14, 2011 at 10:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)
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