VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

The rock titans perform storming sets at the Bridge School Benefit Concerts...

PEARL JAM, NEIL YOUNG and REM all appeared at the annual BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT CONCERTS over the weekend (October 20-21).

The two-day event, organised by Young, took place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre near San Francisco. The shows helped to raise funds for the Young founded Bridge School, who work with physically challenged and severely speech-impaired children.

According to www.sonicnet.com, Pearl Jam premiered two new songs at the shows. The second, ‘Last Soldier’, had been written by guitarist Mike McCready only one week ago, and was apparently inspired lyrically by fears of going to war.

REM performed a greatest hits set, based largely on their last two studio albums. In a letter to fans on the group’s official website, www.remhq.com, manager Bertis Downs said the shows were a “real highlight” for the group.

He commented: “You really do get the sense that this is truly a concert for the kids and their families and that 20,000 other people get to share in the experience….

“Like everyone else in the world, our perspectives have shifted in the past few weeks. And while the events are unfolding against a different and ever-present backdrop of world events, this week of shows feels uplifting and even fun. For what it’s worth.”

The event has headlined by Neil Young on both nights, and culminated with an instrumental cover of John Lennon’s classic ‘Imagine’, which was sung heartily by the thousands of fans at the event.