Who Wants to be a Rockstar?
Buffalo Springfield broke up in 1968 after spending just two years together. They reformed for a private rehearsal in the mid-1980s, but after
(Neil) Young opted to not reunite, drummer Dewey Martin and bassist Bruce Palmer hit the road with new members under the moniker Buffalo Springfield Revisited."
Rolling Stone, June 2012
Frank Wilks was the 'new member' who replaced Neil Young in the band. Frank was just 9 years old
when he hit the road with Bruce Palmer, Dewey Matrin and Stan Endersby. It was a baptism of sex and drugs and rock
Frank Wilks was the 'new member' who replaced Neil Young in the band. Frank was just 29 years old when he hit the road with Bruce Palmer, Dewey Matrin and Stan Endersby. It was a baptism of sex and drugs and rock
& roll. You can find a complete biography
here on Frank's website.
More NEIL Than Neil
"This guy sounds more like Neil Young than I do."
"You're not Neil Young, buddy."
"I have been told that I sound so much like Neil Young that when people close their eyes, they could swear it was actually Neil himself performing. Now is that normal? You see, when you sing a song many times by another artist, part of you becomes that singer. I mean what’s wrong with that?
I admire Neil Young. But I must not let this Neil Young
thing possess me..."
'I Am Not Neil Young' - Excerpt
from opening monolgue
When Frank and the boys hit the road as
Revisited, they were touring with the likes of The
Guess Who and Iron Butterfly, playing to crowds of
50,000 at the Hollywood Bowl. And they were partying like rock stars.
Despite the booze & drugs, Frank and Bruce Palmer
managed to keep it on the rails for five years. In the
end, however, the lure of drugs was stronger, and for
Frank it marked the beginning of a long, twisting
descent into addiction.
'I Am Not Neil Young' live at the 2008 London Fringe
Festival. Image courtesy: Joseph W. Samuels
'I Am Not Neil Young - The Musical' follows Franks' rise to fame, precipitous fall, and long road to recovery. It's a story about addiction, recovery, and redemption. Ultimately, it's a story about finding yourself. Even if you're not Neil Young.
'I Am Not Neil Young' is a multimedia presentation that includes live musical performance and dialog, along with pre-recorded video, audio and lighting. See the
Media section of our website for more images, YouTube video, and audio tracks from the show.