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Bridge School 2004

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This is just a draft to get some stuff down before I forget. Assuming I have time, this will become a full entry later.

This was another fun Bridge School. Paul McCartney brought down the house at the very end, and in the three years that I've been there, I think only Billy Idol has come close to rockin' the place in the same way. McCartney does have the advantage with the entire Beatles catalog at his disposal, and he used it perfectly. There's something great about ending a long, all-day concert with a Beatles song. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that 20,000 people all know the words, so you get this tremendous chorus that gives you this buzz at the end of the concert. At the Bridge School Concert a month after 9/11, it ended with everyone singing a tearful "Imagine" (technically not a Beatles song, I know). This year the concert ended with everyone singing the na-na-na-na portion of "Hey Jude."

Tony Bennett was also awesome, and Red Hot Chili Peppers played a great set. I didn't care much for hearing Sonic Youth go acoustic, and Eddie Vedder's solo is a little boring, but hey, it was great to see all of them in one concert.

Paul McCartney

McCartney did a great job early on mixing in a bit of history as he introduced his songs, whether it be because he was breaking out a song from pre-Beatles days or if he was introducing the song he wrote when Lennon died. When he introduced "Michelle" he talked about how he used to stand in the corner of parties in Liverpool with a black turtleneck and guitar and pretend to be French. Eventually Lennon told him that they should do one of those "daft French songs" because not all of them were bad.

"Drive My Car"
"Get Back"
Song that was written with the pre-Beatles lineup (Duff had the recording)
"Yesterday" (played on the same guitar from the Ed Sullivan show)
"Only Love Can Break Your Heart" (with Neil Young)
"Here Today" (Song he wrote when John died)
"Michelle" (the daft French song)
"Lady Madonna"
"Let it Be"
"Hey Jude" (with audience singing along at the end)

Neil Young

"Harvest Moon" (with Eddie Vedder and Pegi Young on background vocals)
Song about his dog Elvis (King)

He really needs to play his more rock stuff. Every year he plays late at night when the crowd is freezing and lulls us with slow stuff.

Tony Bennett
"The Best is Yet to Come"
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco"
"If I Ruled the World" (introduced as his personal prayer that someday we will stop trying to figure out ways to kill each other)
"The Very Thought of You" (with Paul McCartney)

Red Hot Chili Peppers

"By the Way"
"Road Trippin'" (written at Big Sur)

"Under the Bridge"
"They're Red Hot" (Robert Johnson)

Eddie Vedder

"I am Mine"
"Man of the Hour"
"I Believe In Miracles"
Song making fun of Rehnquist, Cheney, Ashcroft, Bush, etc...
Baby Beluga kids song
"Last Kiss"

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

Sonic Youth

Los Lonely Boys

Tegan & Sara

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