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Saturday, October 24, 2009

2009 Bridge School Benefit Concert Reviews

UPDATE - 10/29/09: Video Highlights of Bridge School Benefit Concerts - 2009 and Thoughts on Bridge School Benefit Weekend 2009


"Comes A Time" - All Bridge Performers Finale:
Neil Young, No Doubt, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Martin, Sheryl Crow, Fleet Foxes, Monsters of Folk, Wolfmother, Gavin Rossdale

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Neil Young performs "Daddy Went Walking" with Sheryl Crow at the Bridge School Benefit 10/25/09

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"Powderfinger" - Adam Sandler and Neil Young
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No Doubt's Gwen Stefani

Coldplay's Chris Martin
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Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother
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Setlist 10/24/09

Comes A Time
I Am A Child
Sugar Mountain
Out On The Weekend
Already One
From Hank To Hendrix
Old King
Harvest Moon
Comes A Time


From Review: Bridge School Benefit 2009 | A+E Interactive By Jim Harrington:
"What those at Shoreline saw was, by far, one of the most adventurous and eclectic lineups in recent Bridge history. It boasted a mix of hip young bands (indie-folk acts the Fleet Foxes and Monsters of Folk) and mega-star acts (Chris Martin of Coldplay, Jimmy Buffett and No Doubt), most of which were making their Bridge debuts. To go with that influx of new blood, these shows featured a few Bridge vets, notably Sheryl Crow, Monsters of Folk’s Conor Oberst and, of course, Young."

From Bridge benefit: No Doubt's Gwen Stefani tears up; Neil Young wraps up | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times by Randy Lewis:
During No Doubt's set, singer Gwen Stefani had to reach for a tissue after singing "Simple Kind of Life," the song she wrote shortly before having the first of her two kids with husband Gavin Rossdale, who played his own set earlier in the evening. In that song, she wrestled with conflicting drives of career and motherhood, and looking into the faces of the children for whom the yearly fundraiser was launched back in 1986 -- right about the time No Doubt got started -- Stefani choked up.

"This is very emotional," she said. The acoustic arrangements the band used -- including a string quartet for about half the set -- brought out the sweetness and vulnerability of that song, "Don't Speak" and even the usually feisty "Just a Girl." Apparently big girls do cry.

The all-star encore finale performance was 'Comes a Time' -- sort of Neil's version of the 'a time for everything' passage in Ecclesiastes that Pete Seeger long ago transformed into 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' The performance spoke to the genuine sense of community Neil and wife Pegi have created in their efforts to provide help where it's needed.

It's not that Neil is planning to ride off into the sunset anytime soon. But he seems to be taking the requisite steps so that, when he does, he can feel secure in knowing that the work he's begun will continue on.

From Last Night: Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit - San Francisco Music - All Shook Down by Anna McCarthy:
Only the die-hard Young fans stuck around for his set, the final act of the night. But they were rewarded with an impressive show by a performer who proved he can still rock in the free world like no other. Although Young veered away from the song everyone in the crowd was shouting out for him to play ('Old Man'), he has a big enough repertoire of hits to please nearly every fan out there. From 'Daddy Went Walkin' to 'Harvest Moon' to 'Down by the River,' Young had fans out of their seats and stomping out the tunes in unison.

From Rolling Stone: Neil Young Brings Chris Martin, No Doubt to Bridge School Benefit by Marc Hawthorne:
Despite a couple of flubs, Chris Martin from Coldplay sat behind a piano and knocked out what was arguably the finest 30 minutes of the night. Along with a joke about hiding the balloon boy in his cap and getting violinist Davide Rossi (who did the strings on Coldplay’s latest album) to impersonate a horse with his instrument, Martin delivered excellent versions of “Clocks,” “Lost!” (technically called “Lost?” when performed on solo piano), and, most notably, “Viva La Vida,” which swelled the way it was intended despite only having two instruments backing it up. The reason for the “arguably” caveat is because No Doubt fans wouldn’t be wrong in pointing out that Stefani—who, following a day of dudes dressed for comfort, looked stunning in her little black dress—and her men (not to mention the string quartet) had the entire place transfixed. “Don’t Speak,” “It’s My Life,” and “Magic’s In The Makeup” sounded great, and when Stefani mingled with the excited students during “Just A Girl,” it looked like everyone was having the best time ever. Stefani confirmed the suspicion at the end of the song by stating, “I can’t believe this is my life,” and later talked about how inspiring the entire weekend had been and how it was good timing since No Doubt is about to write their next record.

Not surprisingly, things died down quite a bit by the time Neil Young closed the show, but he and Pegi plowed through and ended the show where it began, with “Comes A Time,” though this time it got a triumphant, we’re-all-in-this-together boost from most of the day’s participants.

From San Francisco Chronicle - Edgy lineup energizes Bridge School concertby Aidin Vaziri:
"Still, it was hard to complain when Young finally appeared onstage again some seven hours after his welcoming tune. 'I'd be surprised if most of us onstage didn't get into what we're doing because of Neil Young,' Crow said earlier. Watching Young clench his eyes shut, drop his shoulder down and dig into majestic ballads like 'I Am a Child' and 'Sugar Mountain,' it was easy to see why. Even on an all-star bill like this, the host remained untouchable, if slightly aloof.

With wife Pegi at his side, Young played for a little over 40 minutes before closing the night out the same way he started the day - another rendition of 'Comes a Time,' only this time with all his disciples.

Live Show Review: Bridge School Benefit at the Shoreline Amphitheater, 10/25/09

Thanks J-E on Purple Words on a Grey Background!

This weekend is the annual benefit concert for the Bridge School at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2009.

Here's the lineup listing of performers for this year's Bridge School Concert Lineup for 2009:

* Neil Young
* No Doubt
* Jimmy Buffett (Saturday only)
* Chris Martin
* Sheryl Crow
* Fleet Foxes
* Monsters of Folk
* Wolfmother
* Gavin Rossdale
* Adam Sandler (Sunday only)

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More on 2008 Bridge School 22nd Annual Benefit Concert.

And here's a look back at previous year's Bridge School Benefit Concert Reviews.


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At 10/24/2009 11:00:00 AM, Anonymous dback said...

Does anyone know the time's and lineup order yet? Thanks in advance!

At 10/26/2009 12:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic but it seems that the Dreamin' Man CD has gone the way of Toast. Does this mean a new acoustic album before Christmas? Spooner is back.

At 10/26/2009 04:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tweet, tweet, tweet:

Neil Young performs "Daddy Went Walking" with Sheryl Crow at the Bridge School Benefit 10/25/09

Yeah, it's good Spooner is back. Hope they went straigt in to Feelgood's Garage after FramAid and stayed there until last friday...

At 10/26/2009 08:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dreaming Man is set for release in NOvember.

At 10/26/2009 04:10:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Thanks Tx3! Good one. Embedded.

At 10/26/2009 08:52:00 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Those of us at the Sunday show got an opening "Comes a Time," a duet with Adam Sandler on "Powderfinger" closing out Sandler's set, and the following closing set (with Keith, Oldham, Rosas, Himmel, P. Young):

1. Out on the Weekend
2. Hold Back the Tears
3. From Hank to Hendrix
4. Daddy Went Walkin' (w/ Sheryl Crow on harmony)
5. Harvest Moon (w/ Sheryl Crow)
6. Down by the River
7. Comes a TIme (w/ everybody)

At 10/26/2009 10:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the way everyone is slamming the lineup. I never heard Fleet Foxes, Wolfmother, or Monsters of Folk before and thoroughly enjoyed hearing them for the first time. I also think Jimmy Buffet was incredible, and even gave homage to Jerry with a cool version of Scarlet Begonias. Gwen sang a heart felt and emotional performance that my wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed.

I feel like the concert was a great bargain and nobody sucked in the lineup (unlike when I saw the Police in Denver with high expectations and thought they sucked in the worst possible way).

I remember when I went to my first Bridge School show (XV October 20 & October 21, 2001 Performers included: Crazy Horse, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Tracy Chapman, Billy Idol, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, and Jill Sobule). Billy Idol was way down on my list of acts I was looking forward to seeing and then he knocked it out of the park.

I guess my point is to not make assumptions based on the lineup.

At 10/27/2009 12:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friend (a drummer),who has been going many years ,and I both agreed that Sat. nights's show was one of the better ones we had seen,very consistent. Although I would prefer to see Jimmy Buffet's set a little "less polished", all the bands preformed very well.
Can't wait till' next year!

Sam , The Capitola Kid.

At 10/27/2009 12:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am stunned, stunned I say, by the striking contrast between the youtube videos of Out on the Weekend and Hank to Hendrix. God the beauty of Neil's voice without the overlay of mud from Pegi.
It's been such a long wait to hear him sing without her muck. Crystalline gorgeousness. Please, Neil, please give us the good stuff, the stuff without Pegi. It's like spring water in the desert. It just leaves me craving more and pissed off at having to listen to the mud of these recent years in the wasteland.
Nothing personal. But come on.

At 10/27/2009 12:24:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Nice getting to meet you in person this past weekend.
Hope your journey home was a safe and pleasant one.

-Archives Guy

At 10/27/2009 12:27:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

in reply to questions on releases.

next up=
Dreamin' Man NYAPS on CD and vinyl.
1st four albums on vinyl, individually and in a box set.

Toast...later on.

PS Pegi sounded GREAT at Bridge, especially singing with Sheryl Crow.

-Archives Guy

At 10/27/2009 02:33:00 PM, Blogger karen said...

Pegi did sound great, I mentioned same in a long review on Rust if you're interested, T, and other T-W-ers, here.
In short: NY's sets were beautiful. Good to see you again, T!

At 10/27/2009 03:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archives Guy,

Good to see ya.Since you're commenting on future releases.?Is Dreamin' Man cd only or will there be cd/dvd as well?There's PLENTY of vid from that tour as far as I can tell.Is there a street date for Dreamin' Man?When and can we expect Trunk Show on dvd and Blu-ray?Or is it only going to be offered on dvd?

Rancho Relaxo

At 10/27/2009 05:27:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

And nice to meet you as well Archives Guy! Always nice to put the face with the handle. ;)

We've touched down safe & sound from a fabulous BSB weekend.

More later.


At 10/27/2009 05:29:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Thanks k!

Great word (s)! We'll try and get more our our adventure stories up too.

At 10/27/2009 07:18:00 PM, Blogger Sigma6 said...

Thanks for the update Archives Guy. Something that bugs me though is nothing regarding Blu Ray releases for any of these. After all it was Neil who was pushing the Blu Ray format, but all we are seeing are CD releases (which I can't go back to after hearing the quality of NYA!).

I still haven't purchased Fork yet as I am waiting for the Blu Ray version, also the first 4. Do we know time frames around any of the Blu Ray releases?

Thank you :-)

At 10/27/2009 09:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young man, every time I think of him, or hear him, or get the story from the others about him....makes me smile.

At 10/27/2009 10:06:00 PM, Anonymous Linda McCartney said...

Thanks for the update Archives guy. Cant wait!

Why bashing Pegi? I've seen her a number of times with Neil and I've thought she was a good addition. I think it's safe to say Neil knows what he is doing when he includes Pegi in his shows- has he ever really steered ya wrong before? Neil and Pegi have become a package deal. She's his wife, his muse and the love of Neil's life. How many great songs were written about this woman? I think its only natural she shares the stage with Neil now and then. She's such a woman that maybe Neil doesnt want her to be as much of an unknown legend anymore and wants to share her with his fans.
What ever Neil does with his music and career is fine with me.
John and Paul both shared the stage with their women too!

At 10/27/2009 10:07:00 PM, Anonymous Yoko Ono said...

Damn Straight homegirl!

At 10/28/2009 06:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NIce to notice The Beatles and Family are aware of who's the greatest in popular music nowadays :-)

Mick Ja… sorry, Peter Dees (Holland)

At 10/28/2009 07:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Linda and Yoko (!), I have to agree that when Pegi`s good she`s very good.... I for one am just SO JEALOUS!!

Stupid Girl

At 10/28/2009 07:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Betty Lou's got a new pair of shoes

At 10/28/2009 08:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Archives Guy - i appreciate you posting here, and the info you provide.

if you're still reading - i'd like to let you know something: i am completely disappointed in the Archives BluRay.

For the price, i just don't feel it's worth it.

My guess is Neil wont sell many of future editions of the Archives. He likely doesn't care, but his fans do.

hopefully improvements will be made


At 10/28/2009 09:36:00 AM, Anonymous SONY said...

To all anon anon's.
There is a "Thought & Commentary' thread for the Archives. USE IT.
You folks are increasingly off topic and the constant gripe is killing the vibe, the jive and the feel. Get a grip. And I will sign on.......


At 10/28/2009 10:59:00 AM, Blogger Homesick in Paradise said...

Dreamin' Man will be out on Dec 7 (international) and 8 (US). Sorry for the off-topic post...

At 10/28/2009 11:33:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Linda M & Yoko,

Nice to see you drop by and support Pegi.

From where we were, when Pegi & Sheryl Crow sang back-up on Harvest Moon, it was an absolute joy. It sounded beautiful w/ Larry on broom.

We looked around and all we saw were smiles and bobbing heads.

ps - say hi to John & Paul next time you see them

At 10/28/2009 12:19:00 PM, Anonymous MARIAN M. said...

Great to hear about the BSB; I sure wish I could have been there.
One of these years.....

Good to hear from Archives Guy!!!
I'm so looking forward to Dreamin' Man. I'm also asking if it will be available as a CD/DVD package.

Also, I'm a big fan of Pegi's music. I got to see her at The Cutting Room in 2007 and on tour with Neil a couple of times, and she's absolutely wonderful!!!

I love to listen to her CD late at night, and I'm SO looking forward to her next one.

It hurts my heart when I hear people bashing her.

The only think I can think of why people do that is out of spite and jealousy.

Freedom of speech is not the right to speak evil of people.

Looking forward to your sharing, Thrasher!

Keep on rockin........

Marian M.

At 10/28/2009 05:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If around 2 November = 8 December then Neil will celebrate Christmas in late Jan/Feb.

As Mamma always said "Son, if you don't make promises you cannot break promises".

Guess it would not be a genuine Archives release unless you make us beg for it.

Man up and meet your (yeah it is not ours) timetable.

At 10/29/2009 09:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cry, Cry, Cry


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