Oh Yeah, Pearl Jam Plays Bridge School Benefit This Weekend!

by John Reynolds on October 21, 2010

bridgeschool2Say, is there anything going on this weekend?

As a Pearl Jam fan, if you are not completely overwhelmed with information this week, you haven’t been paying attention! With Pearl Jam’s 20th Birthday Friday, the publication of Jessica Letkemann’s 1990: The Making of Pearl Jam [A TFT Mini-Book], and the announcement today of Pearl Jam Radio on Sirius / XM, the last piece of the puzzle is two live sets by Pearl Jam this weekend at The Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheater, Mt. View, CA.

Let’s take a look into what The Bridge School is, events planned by The Wishlist Foundation, and Pearl Jam’s past performances.

The Bridge School

First and foremost, what is often overlooked is the great school that this benefit helps.  If you don’t already know, The Bridge School, located in Hillsborough, CA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications and through the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies.  The Bridge School opened its doors 23 years ago (there’s that number again) in 1987 when Pegi Young (wife of Neil Young) and Jim Forderer, in conjunction with Dr. Marilyn Buzolich, made a formal proposal for the school (information available at : http://www.bridgeschool.org).

This new video for this weekend’s event is a great example of the spirit of the children of the Bridge School and the assistance they get as a result of funds raised every year at this concert.

Wishlist Foundation Benefits this Weekend

Our friends at The Wishlist Foundation will be hosting several fundraiser events over the Bridge School Benefit weekend. If you haven’t been to a Wishlist Pre-Party, you’re really missing out. Not only will you have a great time, but your contributions to their merchandise and auctions will continue to help the beneficiaries of the proceeds


Saturday pre-party fundraiser is at The Sports Page, 1431 Plymouth Street, Mountain View, CA starting at 12 PM noon and forward. There will be autographed items for auction, raffle items and gift items for donation available. A fan community group photo is slated to be taken at the fundraiser as well.

Sunday morning will be a raffle brunch at Bucks of Woodside, 3062 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA 94062, (650) 851-8010, starting at 10 AM.  Selin Hall has graciously made reservations for 30 people, so if you are planning on attending, please let us know. Raffle tickets will be available, but not required, for a variety of raffle items

The Past Tense

TFT’s Kathy Davis – who hasn’t missed a Pearl Jam Bridge School Benefit performance yet – and Jessica Letkemann will be rockin’ the Bridge School Benefit this year. These performances are always special.  Take a look and explore all of Pearl Jam’s past appearances from the Pearl Jam Concert Chronology!

November 1, 1992 [ more... ]
Pearl Jam’s first appearance, including rarities (“Footsteps”, “Angel”), hits (“Jeremy”, “Black,” “Alive”) and premieres of “Daughter” (Vs.) and “I Am A Patriot” (van Zandt).

October 1-2, 1994 [ more... ]
These are the first shows with Pearl Jam’s new drummer, Jack Irons. Eclectic performances, including a cover premiere to open (“Walking the Cow”), early performances of upcoming Vitalogy tracks “Not For You, “Immortality”, and “Corduroy”, and the one-time-one-time-only “Let Me Sleep”.

October 19-20, 1996 [ more ... ]
Like 1996′s No Code, these nearly identical performances include very interesting reworked versions of classics (“Corduroy”, “Porch”) and acoustic numbers perfect for this setting (“Off He Goes”, “Nothingman”, “Elderly Woman…”).

October 30-31, 1999 [ more ... ]
These shows are the band’s only 1999 appearances.  These shows include Bridge standards (“Footsteps”, “Elderly Woman…”), recent oldie covers (“Soldier Of Love”, “Last Kiss”) and the debuts of Binaural’s “Nothing As It Seems” and “Thin Air”!

October 20-21, 2001 [ more ... ]
Not a drastic departure from previous Bridge appearances, but a few surprises and touches, including “Last Soldier” – a new song penned by Mike McCready, “Drifting”, “Give Me Some Truth”, and the debuts of Yield‘s “Low Light” and Riot Act‘s “I Am Mine”.

October 25-26, 2003 [ more ... ]
Cover-heavy sets, including “Masters of War” (Bob Dylan), “25 Minutes To Go” (Johnny Cash), “I Believe in Miracles” (The Ramones), “Last Kiss” (Wayne Cochran), “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” (Lennon) and “Crazy Mary” (Victoria Williams).

October 23-24, 2004 [ more ... ]
This appearance is by Eddie Vedder only, and includes performances of favorites (“Better Man”, “Last Kiss”) and even a nod to Children’s singer Raffi with “Baby Baluga”!

October 21-22, 2006 [ more .. ]
After a year of heavy touring (and more to come that year), the band settle in for their most recent performance, playing a mix of favorites and covers, including a duet with Neil Young on Mirrorball‘s “Throw Your Hatred Down”.

John Reynolds ( Twitter: @jjjrrr )
A New Jersey based programmer, John handles TFT’s programming and technical aspects. He also conceives and writes his share of TFT’s articles and sections. John’s first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 12, 1992.

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