Annual Neil Young run benefit boasts a slew of great performances.
Every year since 1986, Neil Young has hosted the Bridge School Benefit concert, which raises money for physically and mentally disabled children. The concert is notorious for having a great deal of talented artists play alongside Young, and this year was no exception.
Held on October 22nd and 23rd, the concert featured a great performance by Arcade Fire of the Young song “Helpless.” The song was a natural fit for Win Butler and company, “The Suburbs” taking cues from Young’s work. The group’s string section also gave the rendition an added sweeping beauty as they are known to do frequently.
Among other notable performances were Neil Young buddy Eddie Vedder doing a solo acoustic performance which included a duet with Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne on the standard, “Tonight You Belong to Me.” Vedder was also joined by Beck on a cover of “Sleepless Nights” by Gram Parsons. Beck also took to the stage with his band, performing several stripped-down songs from his back catalog, as well as Neil Young’s “Pocahontas,” which Young joined him on stage for unexpectedly. Among the other performers were Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters, Norah Jones, and Dave Matthews.
Check out clips of Arcade Fire and Beck doing Neil Young songs with the man himself below, along with Eddie Vedder and Régine Chassagne’s performance.