Bridge School Benefit concert canceled

Future of Shoreline Amphitheatre's signature show is in question

Citing personal reasons, Neil and Pegi Young announced this week they were calling off the Bridge School Benefit Concert for 2017. The charity festival has been one of Shoreline Amphitheatre's premier events for more than 30 years, drawing a rolling lineup of top artists.

In a letter posted to the Bridge School website, Neil Young thanked a wide range of people involved in the festival, which started in 1986 and has been held almost every year since. In that time, the festival has served as the main fundraiser for the Hillsborough-based Bridge School, which aids individuals with severe speech and physical disabilities.

"We have earned millions of dollars and the school is stable financially," Young wrote. "I know the concerts have become part of the Bay Area landscape and we were all there together. I appreciate being part of it."

In his letter, Neil Young said he would no longer host the concert festival in future years, which could spell trouble for the concert's viability. The announcement on the Bridge School website left it unclear whether the festival would continue.

The festival and school have both been deeply personal projects for the Youngs whose son, Ben, was born with cerebral palsy. Pegi Young founded the Bridge School in 1986, the same year the first festival was held. The festival benefited greatly from Neil Young's star power, and his music industry connections attracted top-tier artists. Performers over the years have included David Bowie, Simon and Garfunkel, Sheryl Crow, The Who, Jerry Garcia, Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen.

Neil and Pegi Young divorced in 2014.


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Posted by David B. Karpf, MD
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 16, 2017 at 3:38 pm

As a longtime fan of the Bridge Concerts, going back to 1986, I am saddened by this news, but fully understand why Neil and Pegi feel they cannot keep this going forever. Many thanks to them for their tremendous contributions to the Bridge School, and to our musical heritage!

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Posted by AllYouCanEat
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 19, 2017 at 11:35 am

"Citing personal reasons..." Enquiring Minds need to know.

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Posted by Juan
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jun 19, 2017 at 9:32 pm

There is now officially only ONE reason to keep the Shoreline Amphitheater open, and that's the fireworks. Mountain View gets no benefit at all from the rest of the drug users, gangsters and loser acts who visit. I'm not surprised that the Bridge School backed out after recent drug arrests and the recent murder at the Amphitheater. I wouldn't want my school associated with that.

Sell the land to Google on the condition that they run a fireworks show for the public benefit every year and be done with it. Call in the bulldozers.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

Shoreline Amphitheater has always been an enjoyable venue to go to for myself and friends. I do not agree with Juan. I hope that the music concerts will continue at Shoreline. I do not know why there has been bad behavior by patrons lately, but maybe it has to do more with the individuals attending, not the concerts. Google has taken over enough of Mountain View. We do not need Google taking over and destroying Shoreline Amphitheater also. It sounded like Neil Young has health problems and that is why he pulled out of the Bridge Concert.

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2017 at 4:08 pm

The noise from last night's concert. - Korn? Was horrendous over here in Palo Alto.

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