[UPDATE: Pearl Jam has officially been confirmed to play BOTH nights. Check out the full lineup info. See you there!]
We’ve been holding out hope that this year’s Bridge School Benefit lineup would be special, and now we have one good reason to believe it will be:
Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready appeared onstage with Star Anna at Spaceland in Silver Lake, CA Wednesday night, and before the show passed on word to a friend of ours that all of Pearl Jam will make a return to the annual benefit concert this year, and expect to play both days of the event.
The 24th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert will be held on October 23rd & 24th, a non-profit charity concert held in Mountain View, CA every October at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. The concerts – which most often feature stripped-down, special acoustic sets from performers – are all organized by Rock legend Neil Young and his lovely wife, Pegi. All the shows’ proceeds benefit the Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex needs.
A vast array of blazing talent has graced the stage in past Bridge School concerts, including Trent Reznor, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Green Day, Elton John, James Taylor, Phish, The Smashing Pumpkins and many more. Frontman Eddie Vedder had been scheduled to perform with Flea & Jack Irons at Bridge School 2007, but cancelled due to a private family matter.
Performers are often known to play rare songs from their repertoire, with new arrangements to accommodate the acoustic setting. Here’s a video of Footsteps (a Jeremy single b-side) from Pearl Jam’s 1999 appearance:
Neil Young will undoubtedly appear, and lineup rumors have included everyone from Nickelback (sadly, we’re not joking) to Alice in Chains, but Pearl Jam’s inclusion would mark the first time in four years the band has made their return to the concert, after playing roughly every other year for the previous decade and change. We’ve also learned the Elton John will likely appear as well.
We’re already making plans – keep an eye on BridgeSchool.org for more info, or just wait for us to shout it from the rooftops the moment we know.