News Flash: Pumpkins, Metallica To Play Bridge School Benefit

The Smashing Pumpkins, Lou Reed, Metallica, Alanis Morissette and Neil Young, as well as the Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler and newcomer Kacy Crowley, will perform at this year's 11th annual Bridge School Benefit concert.

The all-acoustic show, which benefits the school founded in 1986 by Neil Young's wife, Pegi, for children with severe physical and speech impairments, will take place on Oct. 18 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif. An additional Oct. 19 show may be added.

Young's manager, Elliot Roberts, told Addicted to Noise that the show will "probably" be a two-day affair. He also noted that none of the artists on this year's bill have ever played the Bridge Benefit before.

Over the years previous Bridge benefits have featured Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Sonic Youth, Willie Nelson, David Bowie, Beck, Elvis Costello, Tracy Chapman, Patti Smith, Ministry, John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan and Mazzy Star.

Neil and Pegi Young, together with Roberts hand-picked the bands for this year's show. "The process was the same as every year," Roberts said. "Neil, Pegi and I chose the bands and they'll all play acoustic."

The first-ever Bridge School Benefit album, The Bridge School Concerts: Volume One, will be out on Reprise Records in November. The disc, an amalgam of performances from the past ten years of shows, will include Tom Petty ("Shadow of a Doubt"), Tracy Chapman ("All That You Have is Your Soul"), Bonnie Raitt ("The Road's My Middle Name"), David Bowie ("Heroes"), Beck ("It's All in Your Mind") and Pearl Jam ("Nothing Man").

There will also be tracks from Ministry (covering the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil"), Simon & Garfunkel ("America"), the Pretenders with the Duke String Quartet ("Sense of Purpose"), Don Henley ("Yes It Is"), the Lovemongers featuring Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart ("Battle of Evermore"), Nils Lofgren ("Believe"), Elvis Costello ("Alison"), Patti Smith ("People Have the Power") and, of course, Young himself ("I Am a Child"). -- Gil Kaufman [Mon., Sept. 22, 1997, 2:30 p.m. PST]