Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young will play its first gig together in more than seven years during this year's Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA. The group (David Crosby, Steven Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young) last played during its 2006 "Freedom of Speech" tour.
The Bridge School Benefit is an annual concert played to raise funds for the school Young and his wife Pegi founded when they couldn't find acceptable school for their son Ben, who is physically impaired. The first Bridge School benefit was held in 1986. Young came up with the idea to require artists appearing to play strictly acoustic sets, which might not be too challenging for some artists, but it provides entertaining originals like when Metallica appeared during 2007. And of course, it helps keep costs down as well for the non-profit event.
"Neil came up with the acoustic format idea," said Pegi. "It was genius. Nobody was doing that at the time. This is before 'MTV Unplugged' or any of that. It keeps costs down, and it took artists outside their comfort zone."
Aside from CSNY, The Killers, Elvis Costello, Queens of The Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, fun., Heart, Diana Krall and Jenny Lewis will be playing as well. All acts, aside from The Killers, will be playing both dates, October 26 and 27. Tickets go on sale on September 13.
Fans of CSNY that are in the area might want to consider heading out. Although there's been talk of a reunion tour, nothing's even remotely official outside of these two dates. Crosby has dealt with a slew of health problems, and Young's band Crazy Horse was forced to cut short its recent European tour due to an injury. These guys aren't getting any younger, and who knows when the next chance to see them together might be.