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On Dec. 4, 1988, Neil Young and his then-wife Pegi Young put on the second Bridge School Benefit, the annual all-star concert designed to raise money for the Bridge School, the organization that aims to educate children with severe speech and physical impairments using innovative teaching techniques. Over its 30 years, the benefit gained a reputation for its routinely impressive lineup of Young’s talented friends. The inaugural concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen and Robin Williams, among others. The second benefit was no different, with huge stars coming out to support the cause. Watch Bob Dylan play “Forever Young” at the Oakland Coliseum Arena to benefit the Bridge School.
Joining Dylan on the bill that night was Tom Petty, who played “The Waiting” with the Heartbreakers.
Young routinely applied his eye for young talent at the annual benefit. Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, who had just released her debut album in April 1988, held her own and established herself as an artist to be reckoned with. Here’s Chapman playing “Fast Car.”
To close out the night, Young was joined by David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash on “Don’t Say Goodbye.” (Note Young’s impressive harmonica skills, featured most prominently around the two-minute mark.)