CSNY, The Killers, Elvis Costello Give Back at Bridge School 2013

CSNY, The Killers, Elvis Costello Give Back at Bridge School 2013

Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit line-up for 2013 has just been announced and as always it’s shaping up to be pretty impressive.

This year’s benefit will feature performances from the likes of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (obviously, captain obvious), Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, the Killers, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Fun., Heart and Jenny Lewis. As per tradition, every artist will play an acoustic set. The show will be held October 26th and October 27th at the Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, CA. The Killers will only perform on the 26th, but all other acts will take part on both days.

The Bridge School Benefit was first held in 1986 and has taken place (with the exception of 1987) every year since. It’s big gimmick is that it’s always 100% acoustic, meaning it’s played host to numerous unique sets from A-list artists like Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the Who, Metallica, Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Tom Petty, Simon and Garfunkel and many more.

Neil and his wife Pegi Young founded the Bridge School when they struggled to find suitable schooling for their physically-challenged son, Ben. Pegi told Rolling Stone in 2010:

“He was in a program for special ed students at a school and had some good friends. But they decided to move the special ed program off campus. This isn’t unusual and I was really sad about it. I was talking to [Neil Young's manager] Elliot [Roberts] and he said, ‘Why don’t you just start your own school, Peg?’ And I was like, ‘Okay, there’s an idea.’ It just kind of blossomed from there.”

“Neil came up with the acoustic format idea. It was genius. Nobody was doing that at the time. This is before MTV Unplugged or any of that. It keeps costs down, and it took artists outside their comfort zone. Looking back, that first concert was an exercise in simplicity compared to what it is these days.”