The lineup for Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert has gone through some changes.
The Who and Tom Waits have been added to a list of performers that already includes Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkin members Billy Corgan and James Iha, Sheryl Crow, Green Day, Lucinda Williams, and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson (see “Pearl Jam, Sheryl Crow, Billy Corgan, Brian Wilson, More Sign On For Bridge School Benefit” ).
The much-heralded Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion performance will no longer be taking place, however, as Graham Nash broke both of his legs in a boating accident last week in Hawaii. Instead Neil Young will be performing as a solo act, as he often has in the past.
The concerts will be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in San Francisco on October 30 and 31.
The Who, comprising of surviving founding members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and John Entwistle along with drummer Zak Starkey, had
previously been added to only the first of the two dates; they have now been added to the second date as well.
The addition of the Who most likely makes the prospect of playing the benefit an even sweeter one for Pearl Jam, and particularly Eddie Vedder, who has been on something of a Who kick. Vedder recently performed with Pete Townshend on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” and additionally, he performed a Who tribute show with his friends in C Average, dressed as members of the Who. For his part, Vedder was sporting a Roger Daltrey-esque wig (see “Pearl Jam Prepares to Record New Album” ).
The usually tour-shy Tom Waits has been on quite the live-show binge lately. Waits, who recently appeared in the film “Mystery Men,” has been added for only the October 30 show.
The rest of the lineup will be repeated on both days.
— Brian Ives