Neil and Pegi Young's annual Bridge School benefit concert reached its 25th year this past weekend, bringing the likes of Arcade Fire, Beck, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, Norah Jones, Devendra Banhart and more to the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California for acoustic sets in what has become a generally star-studded seasonal rite. The concert was webcast live this year for the first time ever, but if you missed them the first time here are a few choice highlights. Whether you're Arcade Fire or Beck or whomever, it's still got to be something of a mindtrip not only to be on stage with Neil Young, but singing an iconic song like "Helpless" or "Pocahontas" while he listens and joins in. As Beck deadpanned, "Wow, that was a nice surprise. I woulda done that song last if I'd known."
Arcade Fire and Neil Young- "Helpless"
Beck with Neil Young- "Pocahontas"
Mumford & Sons and Neil Young- "Dance, Dance, Dance"
Neil Young- Saturday's closing set
Out today is a 25th anniversary Bridge School Concerts release, available as 3 DVD and 2 CD sets. The audio release features 40 acts who graced the stage over the first 24 years, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, R.E.M., Thom Yorke, and more