Watch Guns N’ Roses, Jack White, and More Play Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit
Flaming Lips, Eddie Vedder, Gary Clark Jr. performed at the charity event in its 26th year
Neil Young showcased his famous friends once again at the 26th annual Bridge School Benefit this weekend, with Guns N’ Roses, Jack White, Eddie Vedder, and more turning in acoustic sets for the two-day event in the San Francisco Bay Area. A quick sampling of what went down: the Flaming Lips covered the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” with help from comedian Reggie Watts; Jack White dusted off White Blood Cells ditty “We’re Going to Be Friends”; and Eddie Vedder performed his cover of Wayne Cochran’s “Last Kiss” and Vs.-era cut “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town.” The usually unpredictable Axl Rose was, reportedly, on best behavior and led the latest GN’R incarnation through a seven-song set, including “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City,” and the version of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” above.
Neil Young also took the stage with Crazy Horse, as did Sarah McLachlan, Foster the People, Lucinda Williams, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, and festival favorite Gary Clark Jr.
The annual concert raises money for the Bridge School, which educates children with severe speech and physical impairments. Watch a smattering of sets below.