Notes posted on the Bridge School's website indicated that the big annual benefit concert (Neil Young is pictured in 2012) won't be held this year. (Matthew Reamer/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Notes posted on the Bridge School's website indicated that the big annual benefit concert (Neil Young is pictured in 2012) won't be held this year. (Matthew Reamer/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Scoop: Youngs cancel annual Bridge School Benefit

The high-profile Bridge School Benefit concert is not happening this year.

Pegi Young (who got divorced from rock star husband Neil Young after 36 years of marriage in 2014) posted a note on the school’s website, saying the annual show at Shoreline Amphitheatre “will not be held in 2017” and thanking manager Elliot Roberts and agent Marsha Vlasic, and Bridge School families and staffers, for their longtime dedication and generosity.

Neil, who moved from the Bay Area and has been living in Southern California (and is dating Daryl Hannah), also wrote a note, also offering thanks, to the school’s students (including his son Ben Young) as well as executive director Vicki Casella, and music biz pros Jerry Pompili, Frank Gironda and Tim Foster for their contributions to the annual acoustic extravaganza.

While there’s no word on whether there will be Bridge shows in the future, Neil said in his message, “Although I will continue in fund raising efforts, for personal reasons beginning this year I will no longer be hosting The Bridge School Concert. My heart is with each and every child we have had the honor to serve and those we will continue to serve, and your parents, siblings, and extended families. Thanks to you all for the honor of serving such a great mission.”

The show, which funds the Hillsborough school for students with severe speech and physical impairments, has been bringing out big acts, from its inception in 1986 (with Bruce Springsteen, Robin Williams, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), to 2016’s show, featuring Metallica, Roger Waters and Norah Jones.

Other fan favorites through the years have included Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, R.E.M., Phish, Patti Smith, the Dixie Chicks, Tom Waits, David Bowie and Elton John.


Goop CEO and founder Gwyneth Paltrow is so devoted to her popular lifestyle brand, she’s decided to take a break from acting.

The Oscar winner, speaking to Matt Lauer on “Today,” said, “I’m still going to do a little bit here and there, but this really requires almost all of my time. I’m in the office all day, every day. I have a pretty big team — we’re almost 85 people — so I kind of need to be at work.”


Alicia Silverstone, working with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has asked San Francisco chocolatier Ghirardelli to bring back its original vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips.… apparently the recipe, as of just last year, includes milk powder.


S.F. Giant Kelby Aaron Tomlinson is 27. … Actor John Cho is 45. … Golfer Phil Mickelson is 47. … Actress Laurie Metcalf is 62. … Singer Eddie Levert of The O’Jays is 75. … Songwriter Lamont Dozier of Holland-Dozier-Holland is 76.

— Staff, wire reports
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