Pearl Jam To Play Bridge School Benefit In Fall

Group announces fifth appearance at annual event founded by Neil Young in 1986.

Pearl Jam said they would play the annual Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, California, for the fifth time this fall.

The Seattle group, which isn't expected to begin recording a new album until spring 2002, also played the Neil Young-organized benefits in 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1999. Guitarist Mike McCready played the 1998 show with singer-songwriter Pete Droge, whose album with guitarist Stone Gossard is pegged for late-summer or fall release.

Pearl Jam made the announcement they'll play this year's gig in their e-mail newsletter, "Rumor Pit."

Co-founded in 1986 by Young and his wife, Pegi, the event benefits the Bridge School for children with severe physical and speech impairments. The dates for this year's shows have yet to be set. The concerts are usually held in mid-October.

The 2000 concert featured Young, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Dave Matthews Band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, Foo Fighters and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.