UPDATE October 27th
Watch the official pro-shot video from Saturday’s webcast below. Running over eight and a half hours, here are some of the highlights to look for:
Hour 1 – Neil Young opened the show with “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Heart of Gold.”
Hour 2 – Jenny Lewis began her set with unreleased original “Head Underwater” and Heart covered Zep’s “The Rain Song.”
hour 4 – Elvis Costello paired “New Amsterdam” with The Beatles’ “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.” Later he also covered the standard “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” and The Hollies’ “King Midas in Reverse,” in addition to originals such as “Allison.”
Hour 5 – Jack Johnson songs like “Mudfootball” fit the relaxed atmosphere of the concert perfectly. My Morning Jacket began their set with “Circuital” and Woody Guthrie’s “Pastures of Plenty.”
Hour 6 – Jim James’ touching banter about Neil Young is followed by Neil joining them for “Harvest Moon;” then they finished their set with own “I’m Amazed.” Arcade Fire began their set with their last two albums title-tracks’ “The Suburbs” and “Reflektor.”
Hour 7 – Arcade Fire finished their set with Neil joining them for “I Dreamed a Neil Young Song,” then Funeral highlight “Wake Up”
Hour 8 – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young took the stage together for the first time since 2006. They blend well on Neil’s “Human Highway.”
Hour 9 – CSNY hits load the back of their set with: “Deja Vu,” “Long May You Run,” “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” and of course “Teach Your Children.”
Footage from the Bridge School archives show between the performances, including a third grader interviewing Wayne Coyne about his favorite birthday party and his best friend (spoiler alert – Wayne singles out bandmate Steven Drozd; skip to 4’39” to watch).
Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit is a multi-artist, acoustic charity concert for Hillsborough, California’s Bridge School helping children with severe communication issues and physical impairments. Held annually since 1986 (except 1987), it returns this weekend to Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheater with Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits with Les Claypool, Elvis Costello, Queens of the Stone Age, Jack Johnson, Fun., Heart, Jenny Lewis, and Diana Krall. All artist are playing both days except Arcade Fire and Jack Johnson (Saturday only) and Tom Waits (Sunday only).
Neil Young will most likely open both shows with a brief solo set, as he does every year, and hours later take the stage again to headline with Crosby, Stills and Nash – their first performance together since the 2006 Freedom of Speech tour. Neil also typically sits in with some of the other artists on the bill for a song or two.
Saturday’s show is planned to stream on-demand from Monday through Wednesday as well, along with Tom Waits’ Sunday set featuring Les Claypool on bass. This will be Waits’ first public performance in over five years. Get a sneak peak of him preparing for his live return below:
Watch today’s eight hour webcast for free beginning at 5:00 PM PST/ 8:00 PM EST on YouTube’s Bridge School page. The artist set times are below, followed by the official webcast trailer:
Tentative Schedule (all times PST):
Neil Young 5:10 – 5:20
Jenny Lewis 5:20 – 5:40
Heart 5:55 – 6:20
Fun 6:35 – 7
Diana Krall 7:10 – 7:35
Elvis Costello 7:45 – 8:10
Jack Johnson 8:30 – 9
My Morning Jacket 9:15 – 9:45
Arcade Fire 10:05 – 10:30
Queens Of The Stone Age 10:50 – 11:20
Crosby Stills Nash and Young 11:40 – 12:00
The Bridge School concerts have had many special moments for Neil fans – his take on “All You Need Is Love” in 2001 for example, or his duets with Paul McCartney (2004) and Adam Sandler (2009). In 2011 alone Neil joined Eddie Vedder, one of Beck’s first appearances in years, and Arcade Fire’s final show prior their Reflektor live hiatus. Pictures of Neil Young with Crazy Horse, The Flaming Lips, Jack White, and others from last year’s benefit are here.
The acoustic format and friendly atmosphere of the Bridge School Concerts results in unique performances for almost every artist that plays the concert. Click here to watch the best videos from the Bridge School archives on the web, including full sets from Beck, Thom York, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, Mazzy David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, The Who, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and others. These are mostly pro-shot and edited videos from the ’80s and ’90s that have never been officially released.
Below are video highlights from recent years in reverse chronological order. First up: last year’s “Rockin in the Free World” all star jam, 2011 collabs and 2010’s full Buffalo Springfield reunion. After that look for clips of Beck, Fleet Foxes, Sonic Youth, Bjork, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Paul McCartney, Band Of Horses, The Who, My Morning Jacket, Thom Yorke, Brian Wilson and many more.