Neil Young at the Bridge School Benefit concert, 2011. // Photo by Jennifer Anderson.
After 25 years of booking some of the biggest musicians in rock and pop history, Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit is one of the most anticipated Bay Area concerts of the year.
Closing the Shoreline Amphitheatre‘s concert season, the Bridge School Benefit brings Guns N’ Roses, Jack White, Lucinda Williams, Foster the People and more to the venue for two days starting October 21.
The selection of Guns N’ Roses marks an edgy turn for the top of the bill, which usually sticks to more mainstream acts. Axl Rose is also a potentially controversial choice with a reputation for being unruly.
Also on the bill is the Flaming Lips, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, K.D. Lang & the Siss Boom Bang, Gary Clark Jr., Ray LaMontagne and, of course, Neil Young headlining—this time headline with his band Crazy Horse.
Organizers are hoping to raise $20,000 in ticket sales and online donations for its students. The event usually sells out in advance.
Young has also donated an autographed copy of his new book “Waging Heavy Peace” for a raffle that will be held by The Bridge School at the concert. “Rock Art” done by Bridge School students will also be on sale at the event to help raise money.
The Bridge School Benefit was first organized by Young and his wife, Pegi, to help the Bridge School located in Hillsborough, Calif., which helps children who suffer from severe speech and physical impairments,
Prices range from $35 to $150.