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Bridge School 2012 Lineup Revealed

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In the just over quarter-century that iconic rocker Neil Young has been putting on his Bridge School Benefit concert at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheater, the list of big name artists who have played the show has grown to nothing short of staggering. Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Elton John, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Metallica, Lou Reed, Brian Wilson, R.E.M., Dave Matthews Band and the Arcade Fire have all graced the stage.

Late last week, Young unveiled the lineup for the 2012 iteration of his annual fundraiser and, as always, it's a doozy.


In addition to Young's yearly performance, the two-day music festival will feature performances by Jack White, Guns N' Roses, The Flaming Lips, Sarah McLachlan, Foster the People, Lucinda Williams, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, k.d. lang & the Siss Boom Bang and Gary Clark Jr..

The most interesting addition here is the inclusion, for the first time ever, of the recently revived hair metal powerhouse Guns N' Roses. Less so because Axl Rose is actually out and about doing things, but because virtually all of the performances at Bridge School are acoustic.

Although if Metallica could bring down the house with an all-acoustic set in 1997, anything's possible.

Founded by Young and his wife Pegi in the mid-1980s, the Bridge School is non-profit educational facility located in Hillsborough that works to help people with severe linguistic and physical impairments participate more fully in their communities.

The concert will run on the weekend of October 20th and 21. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14.

Check out our roundup of videos of the performers:

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