We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault to bring you a special moment as, while closing out The Bridge School Benefit Concert, Bruce Springsteen welcomed Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to sing ‘Hungry Heart’.
The Bridge School Benefit Concert will go down as one of the most well-furnished charity gigs of all time. Sure Live Aid and the like will always grab the headlines but Neil and Pegi Young’s annual event had one of the most impressive list of guests you’re ever likely to see.
From the likes of David Bowie to Thom Yorke and absolutely everyone in between. The chances are if you’re a musician and have made friends with Neil Young along the road, you will, at some point, have taken part in the Bridge School Benefit Concert.
Taking place in Mountain View, California, Bowie arrived at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in 1996 to perform for the Bridge School Benefit. Created by Neil Young and wife Pegi, the annual charity event is a fundraiser for the students of the school which specialises in the care of physically and communicatively impaired students. Running since 1986, some of the rock and roll world’s brightest stars have taken part.
It always asked that they perform a stripped back set and it made for some beguiling performance over the years, Bowie and Yorke’s aforementioned showings rank among the best. But at the first ever event, without much notoriety other than Young’s attached name, the event opened with a powerhouse performance.
Young invited his former band for a small reunion as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) added to a lineup which also included Don Henley, Robin Williams, Tom Pettu, Nils Lofgren and one other than Bruce Springsteen. The latter of which would bring the house down.
It was a star-studded event that left many people rubbing their eyes, least of all because somehow Young had managed to snag The Boss. Springsteen was at the height of his fame and in the middle of a off-year, so for him to even show was impressive. But to close out his set welcoming CSNY on stage to sing ‘Hungry Heart’ with him was unbelievable.
The performance is sensational and sees Springsteen navigating the track with the consummate ease of a legend in the making. Watch below as Bruce Springsteen and Crosby, Stills Nash and Young perform ‘Hungry Heart’ together at the first-ever Bridge School Benefit Concert.
Source: Rolling Stone