So does this kill our Outside Lands prediction? Buffalo Springfield, the seminal California folk-rock band that helped launched the careers of Neil Young and Steven Stills, plans to tour this summer, after a one-off reunion show last fall at Young's Bridge School Benefit here in the Bay Area. For those of you not well-versed in the annals of L.A. folkie history, Buffalo Springfield is that band that plays that song called "For What It's Worth," which you might remember from that scene in Forrest Gump where he's in Vietnam and it's raining really hard and then it stops and then they get attacked and Bubba dies. Or you might just know, because it's an important band and because Neil Young is god and stuff. But anyway.
Buffalo Springfield hasn't toured in 43 years, but it's playing two nights at the Fox Theater in Oakland this June 1 and 2, and then four more Southern California dates before performing at this year's Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee. Presale tickets go on sale here tomorrow, and the regular sales begin April 3.
We've predicted that Buffalo Springfield might play Outside Lands this year, filling that "old legends" spot that Grateful Dead redux Futhur did last year. We're going to hold onto that prediction, even though the band is playing about a month earlier in the Bay Area. Tickets for these Oakland shows are pretty pricey -- they will start, yes, start, at $85, and go up to $200 -- and the fact that Buffalo's on the Bonnaroo lineup indicates it could be a hot item on the summer festival circuit this year. But we'll just have to see. (And if you're reading this and booking them, Outside Lands folks, could you please talk Neil Young into playing a solo set as well?)