Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary DVD/CD on the way

On October 24th, Reprise Records will release two very special and highly anticipated packages: a three-DVD set and a two-CD collection that feature unique live performances from many of the phenomenal artists who've performed at the beloved Annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts over the past 25 years.

Some of the biggest names in music are included on The Bridge School Benefit Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition, performing rare, acoustic versions of songs, never heard anywhere else, to benefit The Bridge School, a non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology. This once-in-a-lifetime collection is sure to become a treasured artifact for generations to come.

Artists featured on the three-DVD set include Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Who, Tom Petty, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and much more.

Neil Young organizes the event each year with his wife Pegi Young. A documentary DVD includes "The Bridge School Story," which gives a special look into this wonderful school and the truly phenomenal services they provide children with advanced physical and communication challenges. Another documentary on the DVD, "Backstage At The Bridge School Benefit Concert," offers a bird's-eye view of the event itself, along with special features that include heartfelt interviews with the students and the artists themselves.

The two-CD set features exclusive performances from Sheryl Crow, Thom Yorke, Norah Jones, No Doubt, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Sonic Youth, and more.

The cover art has been designed by renowned artist Shepard Fairey.

Bridge School co-founder Pegi Young and Executive Director Dr. Vicki Casella explain: "The success of The Bridge School has been ensured over these many years through the extraordinary generosity of performers, artists and musicians. The funds raised by this benefit have allowed us to have a positive impact on children, families and professionals throughout the world."

The DVD and CD packages will be released just after this year's Bridge School Benefit Concerts, which will held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, on October 22nd and 23rd. The Bridge School Benefit is an annual concert that directs all proceeds to The Bridge School. The first concert was held in October 1986, and, with the exception of 1987, the concert has been held every year since. As a practice, the performers use acoustic instruments. Young also personally performs every year.

This pair of must-own packages memorializes the artists' passion and commitment to a worthy cause that links us all together. The Bridge School Benefit Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition will entertain, enlighten, and inform you on how to become a member of The Bridge School family.

For more about The Bridge School, visit www.bridgeschool.org

The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition DVD:

Disc 1:

Bruce Springsteen - “Born In The USA”
Patti Smith - “People Have The Power”
Pearl Jam - “Better Man”
David Bowie - “Heroes”
Ben Harper - “There Will Be A Light”
Bob Dylan - “Girl From The North Country”
R.E.M. - “Country Feedback”
Emmylou Harris & Buddy Miller - “Love Hurts”
Fleet Foxes - “Blue Ridge Mountains”
Devendra Banhart - “At The Hop”
Bonnie Raitt - “The Road Is My Middle Name”
Billy Idol - “Rebel Yell”

Disc 2:

Brian Wilson - “Surfin’ USA”
Gillian Welch - “The Way It Will Be”
The Pretenders - “Sense Of Purpose”
James Taylor - “Fire and Rain”
Simon and Garfunkel - “America”
Tom Petty - “Shadow Of A Doubt”
Dave Matthews - “Too Much”
Neil Young - “Crime In The City”
Tom Waits - “16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought Six”
Elton John & Leon Russell - “A Dream Come True”
Paul McCartney - “Get Back”
Metallica - “Disposable Heroes”
The Who - “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

Disc 3:

Bridge School Documentaries:
* “Backstage At The Bridge School Benefit Concert”
* “The Bridge School Story”
* Special Feature – Student/Artist Interviews

The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition CD

CD 1:

Bruce Springsteen - “Born In The USA”
Dave Matthews - “Too Much”
No Doubt - “Magic’s In The Makeup”
Jack Johnson - “Gone”
Fleet Foxes - “Blue Ridge Mountains”
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - “Love And Only Love”
Sonic Youth - “Rain On Tin”
Pearl Jam - “Better Man”
Gillian Welch - “The Way It Will Be”
R.E.M. & Neil Young - “Country Feedback”
Willie Nelson - “The Great Divide”
Nils Lofgren - “Cry Just A Little”

CD 2:

Sarah McLachlan - “Elsewhere”
Paul McCartney - “Get Back”
Elton John & Leon Russell - “A Dream Come True”
Band Of Horses - “Marry Song”
Metallica - “Disposable Heroes”
Thom Yorke - “After The Gold Rush”
Sheryl Crow - “The Difficult Kind”
Tony Bennett - “Maybe This Time”
CSNY - “Déjà Vu”
Norah Jones - “Jesus, Etc”
Jonathan Richman - “I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar”
Brian Wilson - “Surfin’ USA”
The Who - “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

Pearl Jam – Better Man
13th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert
Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA – October 31, 1999

See also:

Neil Young: 25th Annual Bridge School concerts announced