Neil Young and Stephen Stills Reunite on Stage for First Time in Four Years
Buffalo Springfield Alum’s, Neil Young and Stephen Stills, recently reunited for a very special cause. It was the first time the two performed on stage together in four years, and the first time Young has performed since 2019. They performed a few solo numbers and then were joined by the house band Promise of the Real for the song “Heart of Gold.” The audience was captivated at the Los Angeles Greek Theater on Saturday night for the “Light Up The Blues” autism awareness event. Not only did they perform solo and together, but they appeared with some other very special guests.
Young and Stills also performed “For What It’s Worth,” “Bluebird,” “Helpless,” and more. While former bandmate Graham Nash was unable to attend the event, he did appear in a pre-taped video to introduce a 2013 performance of “Guinnevere.” Toward the beginning of the program, Stills paid tribute to the late bandmate David Crosby with his son, Chris Stills, and Crosby’s son, James Raymond. It was truly an emotional moment for everyone.
Neil Young and Stephen Stills performed for the first time together in four years
“Light Up The Blues” is a fundraising event arranged by the Stills family and has been going on since 2013. It benefits the non-profit organization, Autism Speaks which helps provide services and support for families of autistic individuals across the spectrum and raises awareness for autism. The organization also helps fund research, screening, and finding ways to help improve the transition from childhood to adulthood for those with autism. The event returned for its sixth year after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. This year’s event also featured performances by Willie Nelson and Sharon Van Etten.
Young had not performed since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic for health and safety reasons and the subsequent changes in concerts and touring. His next appearance will be Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday celebration toward the end of this month, which is set to have several other big-name stars including Chris Stapleton, Snoop Dogg, and Kacey Musgraves. When Young was not performing live for several years, he did release two new albums with Crazy Horse during that time period.
Check out the long-awaited performance of Young and Stills performing together once again: