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24/25-Oct-2009: Bridge School Benefit, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA [Chris Martin only]


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First of all, this has prob already been posted elsewhere, but I haven't seen anything on it:


"Coldplay's Chris Martin, Fleet Foxes, Gwen Stefani are amongst the artists announced to play next month's Bridge School Concert.


The annual charity concerts, organised by Neil Young and wife Pegi will also see an appearance by Conor Oberst and M Ward's folk supergroup Monsters of Folk.


The 2009 Bridge School Benefit concerts take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on October 24 and 25. Tickets are still available from Livenation.


As customary, Young will also play live at both shows. Adam Sandler is also confirmed to play on the second night (25)."





Saturday 24 October







My Love Will Not Let You Down (Springsteen cover)

Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag

Viva la Vida

Earth Angel (The Penguins cover)










[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTfRvbU4XUE]YouTube - Clocks- Chris Martin (Coldplay)[/ame]


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycqcTKwjIs0]YouTube - Bridge Benefit Concert 2009: Chris Martin - Clocks[/ame]






[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62q5Fsr4lEk]YouTube - Yellow- Chris Martin (Coldplay)[/ame]


My Love Will Not Let You Down (Springsteen cover)


Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag/Viva la Vida


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTY0WO-evfI]YouTube - Viva La Vida- Chris Martin (Coldplay)[/ame]


Earth Angel (The Penguins cover)


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRDMmYnHIro]YouTube - Earth Angel (Cover) - Chris Martin (Coldplay)[/ame]

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Review: Bridge School Benefit 2009


By Jim Harrington


Neil Young just can’t please everybody – not that pleasing the masses has ever been the 63-year-old Woodside rocker’s top priority.

When he fills the Bridge School Benefit lineup with ringers – guys like Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson, all of whom are Bridge vets – he gets knocked for playing it safe. When Young heads the other direction – as he did during this past weekend’s two Bridge concerts – people ask, “Where’s Vedder, Matthews and Nelson?”


The chatter on the Internet was far from favorable about the 2009 Bridge bill. That certainly factored into the less-than-stellar turnout – some 15,000 attended the first show, Saturday at the 22,000-capacity Shoreline Amphitheatre, while a smaller number was expected on Sunday.

What those at Shoreline saw was, by far, one of the most adventurous and eclectic lineups in recent Bridge history. It boasted a mix of hip young bands (indie-folk acts the Fleet Foxes and Monsters of Folk) and mega-star acts (Chris Martin of Coldplay, Jimmy Buffett and No Doubt), most of which were making their Bridge debuts. To go with that influx of new blood, these shows featured a few Bridge vets, notably Sheryl Crow, Monsters of Folk’s Conor Oberst and, of course, Young.


Unfortunately, that lineup, so exciting on paper, did not translate on Saturday to one of the better concerts in Bridge history. The 23rd annual acoustic music fundraiser, which supports the Hillsborough school for students with severe learning disabilities, was, at best, middle of the pack.

Two things kept Saturday’s show from being truly memorable. Most apparently, the first third of the seven-hour-plus show produced few musical highlights, as fans had to sit through a steady succession of acts that most knew nothing about. Even more troubling, however, was that the kind of star-studded collaborations that have made the Bridge such a legendary event were almost entirely missing.


Following Young’s traditional short opening set – which was really short on Saturday, consisting of just one song, “Comes a Time” – Gavin Rossdale took the stage for a 20-minute performance. Rossdale used to be famous for fronting the ‘90s Pearl Jam-wannabe Bush, but now is primarily known for being the husband of No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani – which likely explains why he was on the bill. Yet, Rossdale provided the only real highlights of the first third of the show as he delivered fine cover versions of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and Prince’s “Sometimes It Snows in April.”


After that came Wolfmother, doing its blues-rock White Stripes impersonation, and then Fleet Foxes, providing no clues as to why the band’s brand of indie-folk is currently so popular. The Foxes were followed by the Monsters of Folk, an all-star indie singer-songwriter group consisting of Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and M. Ward. Sadly, these Monsters came across as far less than the sum of their parts.


The way those acts were bundled together meant that most fans went more than two hours without hearing one familiar song. Of course, Young could’ve helped matters by making a guest appearance or two – in particular, it would have been nice for him to add some “Y” to the Foxes’ “CSN”-style vocal harmonies.


After all that, Sheryl Crow was perfectly positioned to deliver a fan-friendly set, yet she disappointed by only dishing out a handful of hits. It would be up to Jimmy Buffett, the mayor of “Margaritaville,” to really get the party started.


The 62-year-old singer-songwriter, in his long-overdue Bridge debut, accomplished that task in fine fashion as he and his seven-piece Coral Reefer Band rolled out tender versions of “A Pirate Looks at Forty” and “Come Monday” as well as the tropical anthems “Volcano” and “Margaritaville.” They also played a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Scarlet Begonias” – which the most-famous Deadhead in attendance, basketball great Bill Walton, dubbed as “excellent.” (Buffett performed only on Saturday, while comedian Adam Sandler filled that time slot on Sunday.)


The good times kept on rolling as Chris Martin took the stage and, taking his place at the piano, proceeded to knock out mesmerizing takes on the Coldplay hits “Yellow,” “Clocks” and “Viva la Vida.” Yet, he faltered as he approached the finish line, closing his set with a questionable cover of the doo-wop ditty “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine).”


Next up was the newly reunited No Doubt – which, as a ska-pop band, seemingly faced the biggest challenge in trying to translate its music to the acoustic setting. As it turned out, however, Gwen and the guys would provide Bridge School ’09 with its signature set, one that many fans agreed was even stronger than No Doubt’s own electrified headlining shows in the Bay Area back in July. Going the unplugged route, Orange County’s finest somehow managed to make “Spiderwebs,” “Just a Girl” and other classics sound even more poignant and powerful than they did in their original incarnations.


As expected, many flocked for the exits after No Doubt left the stage – the pop-rock crowd had seen what it had come for, Stefani and Martin, and wasn’t about to wait until midnight for Young’s closing set. Those fans missed a predictably fine performance by Young, who played such favorites as “Sugar Mountain” and “I am a Child.”


Coming full circle, Young closed the show with a repeat of “Comes a Time,” which brought the full cast of Bridge participants back to the stage. It was a nice all-star collaboration, but one that underscored what was sorely missing with the rest of the show.



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Hey, you guys I just got back and it was amazing! I took a ton of pics and got lost? and viva la vida recorded. I spotted Chris right when I got into my seat because he was watching Gavin Rossdale perform! He kept looking at me because I was wearing a Coldplay shirt! I'm uploading my pics right now and will upload the vids to youtube! Chris was very charming and said he was wearing his beanie because he had a disastrous hair cut and he said balloon boy was under there and they had interviews to do haha. I got it recorded when he talked about how all parents have thought about putting their kids in a balloon. I have a picture of Gwen Stefani, Kingston (her son) and Chris all sitting together watching that is so cute!

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the cuuuuteness!


im glad you had such a good time, caroline!!

did you try to meet him afterwards??


No, the fact that he saw me and kept looking at me is all I need. That was awesome. I swear I saw Gwyneth, but I was too far away to know for sure. I have a picture of him looking right at my camera smiling! They are loading!!!!!!

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