Bridge School Benefit Concerts - October 25 & 26, 2014
Pearl Jam w/ Neil Young performing "Throw Your Hatred Down" live @ the Bridge School 10/26/2014
Setlist via Sugar Mountain:
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California, USA
Bridge School Benefit 28
w/ Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real
1. Sugar Mountain (acoustic guitar - solo)
2. On The Way Home (acoustic guitar - solo)
3. Down By The River (acoustic guitar; guests with Norah Jones and Puss N Boots)
4. Surfin’ USA (vocals; guests with Brian Wilson and Al Jardine)
5. Throw Your Hatred Down (acoustic guitar; guests with Pearl Jam)
6. Pocahontas (12 string acoustic guitar - solo)
7. Heart Of Gold (acoustic guitar - solo)
8. Mother Earth (pump organ - solo)
9. Mansion On The Hill (acoustic guitar; accompanied by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real)
10. Country Home (acoustic guitar; accompanied by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real)
11. Southern Man (acoustic guitar; accompanied by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real and Florence Welch)
12. Who's Gonna Stand Up? (acoustic guitar; accompanied by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real and others)
Micah Nelson, Neil Young & Lukas Nelson
Photo by Roel van Dijk's post in Rusties
Setlist via Sugar Mountain:
1. Sugar Mountain
2. I Am A Child
3. Down By The River (w/ Norah Jones and Puss 'n Boots)
4. California Saga (w/ Brian Wilson and Al Jjardine)
6. Heart Of Gold
7. I'm Glad I Found You
8. Mansion On The Hill (w/ Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Promise of the Real)
9. Country Home (w/ Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Promise of the Real)
10. Who's Gonna Stand Up? (+ Eddie Vedder)
Florence Welch & Neil Young
Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images
With a bill that also included Bridge School veterans Band of Horses and newcomers Florence and the Machine, it was septuagenarian Welsh crooner Tom Jones who elicited the biggest reaction of the night with chest-pounding versions of “It’s Not Unusual” and Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song.” For what could be the first time in the annual fundraiser’s 28 years, the stage was hit with a small flurry of panties and bras.
The Bridge benefit is the Bay Area’s feel-good concert of the year, with proceeds going to the school Neil and Pegi co-founded in 1987 to help children with speech and physical impairments like their son Ben, 35, who was born with cerebral palsy.
Even though advance ticket sales were once again sluggish, the 22,000-capacity venue started to fill up by the time Young opened the concert under clear blue skies with his traditional afternoon set, serenading the schoolkids — who always get the best seats in the house, onstage behind the performers — with his song “Sugar Mountain.”
To keep people focused on the cause, Young reportedly ordered Shoreline’s bar not to show the World Series on its televisions.
Instead, we got a stool-perched Pearl Jam, who seemed to draw the largest swath of fans in the audience, holding its own with a set of old favorites like “Daughter” and “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town.”
Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine also captivated, bringing a dose of showmanship to a show that, with its usual eight-hour run time, tends to get dragged down by its overwhelming sense of solemnity.
They may have teamed up onstage, but Neil and Pegi Young’s fractured relationship couldn’t help but have an impact on the shows.
Earlier this month, Pegi hinted that the concerts could soon come to an end. “We know we can’t do this forever,” she said in an interview with The Chronicle. “We are mere mortals. We really need to look at ways the school can continue to go on after the concerts.”
As if to underscore the point, she closed her early afternoon set with the song “Starting Over.”
Photo: Jessica Christian, The Chronicle
Photos: 28th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert - Mercury News Media Center
28th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert Lineup
October 25-26, 2014
Mountain View, CA
Florence and the Machine
Norah Jones and Puss 'n Boots
Band of Horses
Pegi Young and the Survivors
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