Starting and ending with Neil Young, the 2006 Bridge School Benefit @ Shoreline provided a great, eclectic mix of music. The lineup included:
- Neil Young
- Pearl Jam
- Dave Matthews Band
- Brian Wilson
- Foo Fighters
- Trent Reznor
- Death Cab for Cutie
- Gillian Welch
- Devendra Banhart
Trent Reznor was the most interesting act of the day (I was expecting some bizarre/creepy tracks, but was pleasantly surprised) – he delivered a few NIN songs accompanied by a number of orchestral musicians.
Death Cab offered some catchy tunes…
Brian Wilson…um…did not sound too hot…
Pearl Jam was excellent, playing a random set including Better Man, and collaborated with “Uncle Neil” on Throw Your Hatred Down.
DMB played expected songs including Warehouse and Ants…and a solid Cortez, the Killer with Neil Young.
10 hours after opening the benefit, Neil Young closed the show playing a number of crowd favorites…ending with Rockin’ in the Free World featuring Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews, and most of the rest of the benefit artists.
Not too shabby for $39.50 (plus all the TicketBastard surcharges)…