Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Elton, Leon, Elvis & Jeff to Appear at Bridge School Benefit

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Buffalo Springfield are set to play their first public shows in 40-plus years at this year's Bridge School Benefit in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Three original members of Buffalo Springfield -- Bridge School mainstay Neil Young, Steven Stills and Richie Furay -- are confirmed to appear at the gig, but the band's other surviving member, Jim Messina, so far is not, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The band's two other founders are deceased: Bruce Palmer died in 2004 and Dewey Martin died in 2009.

Also confirmed for this year's Bridge School Benefit bill is T Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Review, featuring Elton John, Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case and Jeff Bridges.
The Bridge School Benefit shows are set for Oct. 23 and 24 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.

The full lineup for Day 1 includes Buffalo Springfield, Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Billy Idol and Lucinda Williams.

Day 2's lineup includes Buffalo Springfield, Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard, along with T Bone Burnett's group.

Tickets for both days go on sale Sunday (9/19) at 10 a.m. PT.

The concerts benefit the Bridge School in Hillsborough, CA, which serves severely speech-impaired children in the Bay Area. Young's wife, Pegi, and Jim Forderer -- both parents of children with severe speech and physical impairments -- co-founded the school in 1986 along with Dr. Marilyn Buzolich.
The first benefit concert took place that same year and, with the exception of 1987, has been held every year since.


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