This weekend, Neil Young is holding his annual Bridge School Benefit concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. The all-acoustic concert will feature Young playing with his usually-electric band Crazy Horse, as well as Guns N’ Roses, another band more well known for loud, electric music.
At a press conference before this year’s Farm Aid, Neil Young said that saving family farms should be considered “A mission from God!” Throughout the day, Young certainly spoke, and performed, as if he was, indeed, on a divine mission.
Young tells writer David Carr that he’s stopped smoking pot and drinking, and has been straight for a year. “He decided to do it sober after talking with his doctor about a brain that had endured many youthful pharmaceutical adventures, in addition to epilepsy and an aneurysm. For someone who smoked pot the way others smoke cigarettes, the change has not been without its challenges.” Carr offers this excerpt from the book: “The straighter I am, the more alert I am, the less I know myself and the harder it is to recognize myself.”
The album features mostly songs penned by Ms. Young: one song, “Doghouse,” was written by her legendary husband. Another, “I Don’t Want To Talk About It,” is a cover of a classic written by one of his late bandmates, legendary Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten.
The Bridge School Benefit Concert is an annual event: an all-acoustic concert headlined by Neil Young, it always attracts a wide variety of artists. This year’s lineup includes Guns ‘N Roses, Jack White and Steve Martin. In the past, artists as diverse as Metallica, Tony Bennett, Norah Jones and The Red Hot Chili Peppers have performed at the concert. But what is The Bridge School?
Axl Rose may have to stick to a schedule for once: he and Guns N Roses have signed on to perform at this years Bridge School Benefit Concert, and the young audience have a curfew to stick to. Also on the bill: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, comedian Steve Martin and his bluegrass group The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Flaming Lips, Jack White, Sarah McLachlan, Foster The People, Lucinda Williams, k.d. lang and Gary Clark Jr.
Farm Aid’s principals — Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — have announced this year’s Farm Aid concert. The show will take place at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on September 22