Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Richie Furay, formerly of Poco and before that Buffalo Springfield, has not as yet zeroed in on his identity as a solo artist. Monday at the Cellar Door he offered what he calls a "foundation set" - heavy on past Buffalo Springfield and Poco hits, light on the new material from his recent album.
"We found when we began touring a year ago that fans came to hear the old stuff and were disappointed when they didn't hear the familiar songs," Furay said after the concert. Furay, apparently, has been responsive to his audience's wishes, and the result is more a walk down memory lane than an adventure down a piquant path.
The bulk of his set was comprised of a medley of seven Buffalo Springfield and Poco songs, including "A Child's Claim to Fame," "You Better Think Twice," "Picking UP the Pieces" and "Bad Weather." Furay and company played three selections from his latest album: One of them, "This Magic Moment," also released as a single, is a remake of the Drifters' 1960 hit. Unfortunately all the R'n'B has vanished, and it sounds more like a cover vesion than an interpretation.
Scheduled to open for Furay was Steve Young, who delayed the evening's program by never showing up for it.