Bridge School Benefit Closes With Tom Waits, More Collaborations
The final night of Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert featured, among others, Tom Waits’ first live performance in five years. Waits took the stage flanked by Les Claypool on upright bass, David Hidalgo on guitar and his son Casey Waits on drums. The ten-song set leaned heavily on Waits’ recent album Bad As Me and included the live debuts of “Talking at the Same Time” and “Last Leaf.”
The show wasn’t all about Tom Waits, however, as the evening also featured performances from Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Heart, Jenny Lewis, My Morning Jacket, Queens of the Stone Age, Neil Young and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The collaborations came early and often as Diana Krall and Elvis Costello reprised their sit-in from the previous night. Heart invited Neil Young on stage for a performance of Young’s original “War of Man.”
My Morning Jacket’s set featured the biggest sit-in as Neil Young, Elvis Costello and Jenny Lewis took the stage with MMJ to pay tribute to Lou Reed with a performance of The Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’.” My Morning Jacket also invited Neil Young out for a performance of “Harvest Moon,” which the two performed the night before as well.