STEPHEN STILLS: Not Too Happy With Neil
Stephen Stills is not pleased that Neil Young pulled the plug on a Buffalo Springfield tour.
Apparently Stephen Stills could no longer bite his tongue on the proposed Buffalo Springfield tour for this year being canceled.
In June, Neil Young said, "I'd be on a tour of my past for the rest of [bleeping] time," when asked why the 30-date tour was scrapped. "I have to be able to move forward. I can't be relegated. I did enough of it for right then."
Stills, who along with Richie Furay are the only other surviving members of the Springfield, says, "It left me in a lurch for three quarters and ruined my financial planning. Also, 150 people got laid off that were supposed to work on the tour." He adds that they didn't do seven shows last year for the hell of it. "We didn't go through all that trouble for seven shows. That's what impetuosity will do for you. You can't go off half-cocked . . . When Neil is involved you need a seat belt."
Fortunately for Stills, David Crosby and Graham Nash decided to cancel their tour and go out as CSN, ending one of their longest tours in recent memory last month with a five-night stand at New York's Beacon Theatre. But despite the inconvenience, Stills says he's not mad at Young. "He was very kind to me in his book, Waging Heavy Peace. I can't be unkind about it . . . Working with Neil is a privilege, not a right."
And who knows, the Springfield may rise again as Young says, "There is the seed of something great still there. It's worth exploring again." But Stills says don't hold your breath. He says "no" when asked if they will tour again.