Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit has been the highlight of the autumn live circuit for the past 25 years, and the quarter-century anniversary concert this weekend might have been Young's best lineup yet. Eddie Vedder, Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Beck, Dave Matthews, and Neil Young himself were just some of the musicians involved in the event. In addition to raising funds for the Bridge School, which benefits children with physical impairments and communication needs, the gig also serves as a celebration of the Godfather of Grunge's music, as some of the artists added a Young song to their acoustic set list.
On Saturday night, the concert turned into an all-star round of musical chairs, with many of the headliners showing up during another artist's set: Neil Young performing with Beck, Beck performing with Eddie Vedder, Arcade Fire's Régine performing with Eddie Vedder, Arcade Fire performing with Neil Young, etc. Norah Jones, Jenny Lewis, Carlos Santana, and Tony Bennett were also on the Bridge School bill, and thanks to the powers of live-streaming, the first night of this year's event was broadcasted as it happened from the Shoreline Amphitheatre.
There were so many highlights from this year's Bridge School Benefit, from Mumford & Sons' surprisingly loud set to a rare acoustic Foo Fighters performance to Beck strumming many of his Sea Change tracks for the first time in almost a decade. Check out the San Jose Mercury Times for a full rundown of the benefit shows, and watch the five best collaborations from the concert below:
Arcade Fire and Neil Young - "Helpless"
Beck and Neil Young - "Pocahontas"
Beck played "Pocahontas" at a Los Angeles concert earlier in the week, so it was a given he'd play the Rust Never Sleeps track at the Bridge School Benefit. However, Young's emergence during the performance surprised even Beck.
Eddie Vedder and Régine Chassagne from Arcade Fire - "Tonight You Belong to Me"
Eddie Vedder and Beck - "Sleepless Nights"
Dave Matthews and Neil Young - "Oh! Susanna"
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