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Friday, October 24, 2008

Bridge School 22nd Annual Benefit Concert

UPDATE 10/1/09: Bridge School Concert Lineup for 2009 Announced.

Cat Power and Neil Young on "Fortunate Son"


Neil Young - Photos by Inside Bay Area

Close-up of "Hippies for Obama" Button Neil is Wearing

Neil Young "Day In The Life"

Beatles cover highlights low-key Bridge benefit by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle

Bridge School Benefit hits low point by Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune

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Also, more 2008 Bridge School Concert Highlights.

Also, official Bridge School Photo Gallery.


This weekend is the 22nd annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. Starting on Saturday, October 25th (5pm) and October 26th (2pm), 2008 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

The 2008 lineup:
  • Neil Young
  • Wilco
  • Jack Johnson
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • Norah Jones
  • Cat Power
  • Sarah McLachlan (Saturday only)
  • Band of Horses (Saturday only)
  • Josh Groban (Sunday only)
  • Smashing Pumpkins (Sunday only)

Got a report? Drop a comment below. No registration required.

Neil & Pegi Say "Goodnight" - 10-28-2007
Photo by Roel van Dijk - Rust Radio

More on last year's 2007 Bridge School Benefit Concerts and previous years Bridge School Benefit Concert Reviews.

And here are a bunch of wonderful interviews with The Bridge School kids.

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At 10/24/2008 02:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Band Of Horses are superb. Great Line up.

At 10/24/2008 11:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cat Power is superb too, and I love her.

At 10/24/2008 06:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

never heard of them.

At 10/25/2008 06:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both of them are great, but Chan Marshall is such a beauty. And she sings just like an angel. I remember her singing Mr Soul in a raw version, really close to the early song of B.S. As Bob Dylan said, she's a "scorpio sphinx in a calico dress".

At 10/26/2008 01:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what time Neil would come on stage on Sunday & how long he might play based on prvious years?

At 10/26/2008 05:03:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

neil usually opens at 2pm with 2 or 3 acostic numbers and then closes with a couple of songs with all the performers at the end. The concert isn't about Neil, he just puts it togehter to benefit the Brudge, so if you are going to see him, you might be disappointed.

At 10/26/2008 05:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Day one:

(1) I Am A Child
(2) Sugar Mountain
(A) Fortunate Son (with Cat Power on guitar and background vocals)
(3) Just Singing A Song
(4) Oh, Lonesome Me
(5) Mother Earth
(6) The Needle And The Damage Done
(7) Unknown Legend
(8) Heart Of Gold
(9) Old Man
(10) Get Back To The Country
(11) A Day In The Life
(B) Comes A Time (with everyone---)
You and I we were captured
We took our souls
and we flew away
We were right
we were giving
That's how we kept
what we gave away.

At 10/26/2008 10:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Day in the Life - what an awesome rendition. Neil and the band were cooking.

At 10/26/2008 12:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can anyone describe how Neil worked out A Day In The Life accoustic?

At 10/26/2008 02:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What time did the concert go till?

At 10/26/2008 02:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Concert went till about ten minutes to midnight.

A Day in the Life was fantastic. I didn't know if he was going to pull that one out since usually it requires so much wailing on the electric guitar, but it sounded absolutely great.

At 10/26/2008 03:13:00 PM, Blogger ashley said...

Does anyone know the order of appearance for saturdays show?

At 10/26/2008 05:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil (2 songs)
Band of Horses
Cat Power
Death Cab
Sarah McLachlan
Norah Jones
Jack Johnson
Neil (with ensemble for the final song)

At 10/26/2008 08:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hippies for Obama. Hippie Dream. Endorsing Reagan? Vote for Obama at the worlds peril. Hippies for Obama, a great button, do you know what that means? Capsized in expectations, in a Hippie Dream.

At 10/27/2008 11:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world is already in peril, nitwit.. that's precisely why we need Obama, not more of the same that has brought us to this sorry state. God bless him and Neil Young.


At 10/27/2008 12:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We do not even known what peril is.

At 10/27/2008 04:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bridge School Concert on Sunday was great! We were treated to Neil sitting in with Cat Power, Wilco, Josh Groban, Norah Jones, and Jack Johnson as well as perform his own set. Who else can make these musical connections with diverse acts year after year? What a unique show. This is why I like the Bridge concerts so much and am willing to drive three hours to get there.

At 10/28/2008 03:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

27 January 2009

At 10/28/2008 08:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

27th is my brothers birthday. Other than that I have no clue what happens then?

At 10/28/2008 08:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HIPPIES FOR OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neil is the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 10/28/2008 09:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE ARCHIVES VOLUME 1 will be released!!!

27 January 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 10/28/2008 10:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep,it's true

check it out,you can even pre-order it

there are two versions with two different prices:

Neil Young Archives Volume 1 (1963 - 1972)(10 Disc Blue-Ray) - $301.99

Neil Young Archives Volume 1 (1963 - 1972) 10 DVD - $240.99


-Marc C

At 10/28/2008 10:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This time it's for real!

At 10/28/2008 10:40:00 AM, Blogger eddy ecco said...

I was wonderin'----would any of you know--can you play a blu Ray disc on a regular DVD until one gets a Blu-Ray machine?(i assume it wouldn't preform as interactively) and will the DVD version of the archives be interactive at all?--thanks

At 10/28/2008 10:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blu-Ray disc won't play on a DVD player but DVD will play on most Blu-Ray players.

The last question is a good one. I don't know for sure.
I can imagine the Blu-Ray version has much more to it's content, it's more interactive and you get frequent updates from Neil and his friends. He mentioned this at the Java conference. Blu-Ray is better quality = better sound.

At 10/28/2008 10:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hippies for Blu-Ray.
January 27th will be the day.

At 10/28/2008 11:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All Blu-ray players are backward compatible to play DVDs. The Sony PS3 is considered to be the best BD player and it also has an ethernet port for Internet connection. In addition, the Sony PS3 is continually having updates, which are downloadable from the Internet for free. Many other players don't have this ability and are stuck with whatever firmware ships with the player.

Connecting to the Internet with the Archives Blu-ray set enables the owner to download (for free) new content whenever Neil makes it available. This could be music and video downloads, more archival materials, tour info and special offers.

The regular DVD edition is interactive as much as the Fillmore or Massey Hall DVDS were.

The major differences between the BD and DVD archive editions are that the BD version has 24/192 audio, a HD picture (which means EVERYTHING looks better), the ability to navigate thru the archives while the music plays, Blu-ray style pop up menus and advanced navigation.

Having tested both the DVDs and Blu-ray discs from this set, I can tell you that without a doubt the BD version blows away the DVD in every respect.

Hope this answers you questions.

At 10/28/2008 12:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great explanation!
I really hope Thrasher will copy the text and paste it into a new page!

Only one thing: "Having tested both the DVDs and Blu-ray discs from this set..." What does that mean? You've seen and heard the Archives? I am jealous.

At 10/28/2008 03:50:00 PM, Blogger eddy ecco said...

Hey--thanks a lot friends---sounds like I gotta figure out a way to get some sort of blue ray player under the Christams tree this year! Heading out from this ole desert town to see Neil in San Diego tomorrow----


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