Watch 25th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert – Day 1 – October 22, 2011

Every year since 1986 (excluding 1987) Neil Young has hosted The Bridge School Benefit – a mostly acoustic, charity concert for the Bridge School helping children with severe communication issues and physical impairments.  Now in its 25th year, for the first time the concert was webcast.  Highlights included Neil Young guesting in the other artists’ sets, Arcade Fire’s last gig before a planned live hiatus for the next few year and one of the few Beck concerts of the last three years (more on Beck’s recent return to the stage here).  The 25th Anniversary Bridge School Benefit streamed live on Facebook, YouTube and on the top of this very page at 7:30 PM EST on Saturday, October 22nd.  On Sunday, October 23rd a replay is available (also above).

Neil Young opened the show with flower-power anthem “Get Together” (of Youngbloods fame).  Next Devandra Banhart played a short set that began with a tribute to (recently deceased) Bert Jansch.  Watch Beck’s entire set on demand (here -with photos and commentary on his recent return to the stage). Watch Eddie Vedder’s entire set hereArcade Fire’s here and Neil Young’s here.  Check below for all their setlists, video highlights of indiviual songs and official backstage footage.  Follow updates at twitter/FutureHeartDayand don’t foget to donate!

Schedule (times listed in Pacific time zone)
Neil Young 5:10-5:20 PM
Devendra Banhart 5:20-5:40 PM
Norah Jones with The Little Willies 5:55-6:20 PM
Beck 6:35-7:05 PM
Los Invisibles (with Cindy Blackman and Carlos Santana) 7:15-7:45 PM
Eddie Vedder 7:55-8:25 PM
Mumford & Sons 8:45-9:15 PM
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds 9:35-10:10 PM
Arcade Fire – 10:25-11:00 PM
Neil Young and guests 11:20-11:55 PM

Beck Setlist (much more, here):
1. Golden Age
2. Dead Melodies
3. Pocahontas (Neil Young cover…with surprise guest, Neil Young)
4. Guess I’m Doing Fine
5. Already Dead
6. Lost Cause
7. Jack-Ass
8. Sunday Sun

Eddie Vedder Setlist:
1. Don’t Cry No Tears (tease)
2. You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (The Beatles)
3. Don’t Cry No Tears (Neil Young)
4. Rise
5. Without You
6. Tonight You Belong To Me (with Regine Chassagne from Arcade Fire)
7. Just Breathe
8. Porch
9. Sleepless Nights (with Beck)

Arcade Fire Setlist:
1. The Suburbs
2. Empty Room
3. Month of May
4. Rebellion (Lies
5. Intervention
6.  Helpless (with Neil Young)
7.  Wake Up

Neil Young Setlist:
1. Comes A Time
2. Sugar Mountain
3. Long May You Run
4. Heart of Gold
5. Get Together

The Bridge School Benefit Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition – a three-DVD set and a two-CD collection – is available in stores October 24th.  The double disc set is streaming in full at NPR.  It’s track list, a list of theaters showing the film and other information – plus highlight videos and full concert downloads from recent years – is here.  Also, check out highlights from The Bridge and performances from ’80s and ’90s Bridge School Benefit here.

2 responses to “Watch 25th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert – Day 1 – October 22, 2011

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