R.E.M – Full Set Bridge School Benefit 18th October 1998

Posted: September 7, 2015 in MUSIC
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R.E.M. – Full Set as recorded Live at the Shoreline Amphitheatre (Mountain View, CA) Bridge School Benefit 18th Ocyober 1998, Bridge XII October 17 & October 18, 1998 Performers included: Neil Young, R.E.M., Phish, The Wallflowers, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Jonathan Richman, Eels, and Pete Droge & Mike McCready (Day 2 only). 

Neil Young performed: Two opening songs and a solo set each day; he did “Ambulence Blues” and “Country Feedback” with REM each day; did “Harry Hood” and “Helpless” with the band Phish on the Saturday and did “Four Strong Winds” and “I Shall Be Released” for a finale on Sunday with Phish & Sarah McLachlan.

Setlist:
0:00:00 – Losing My Religion
0:05:09 – New Test Leper
0:11:00 – Country Feedback
0:20:11 – Daysleeper
0:23:57 – At My Most Beautiful
0:27:48 – Electrolite
0:32:17 – Everybody Hurts
0:38:32 – Man On The Moon

Personnel:
Michael Stipe – lead vocals
Peter Buck – guitar, mandolin
Mike Mills – bass, vocals
Guests:
Ken Stringfellow – guitar
Scott McCaughey – guitar, keyboards
Joey Woranker – drums, percussion
Neil Young – lead guitar on “Country Feedback”

This is excellent quality and although I wouldn’t call it a great performance, it has some great moments and is an interesting set for several reasons. This was shortly after Bill Berry’s departure and the release of their first post-Berry album Up. They didn’t tour this album so their headliner appearances at these Bridge School benefits was a big deal at the time. Several songs get their live debut here and the core trio is augmented by several notable guest musicians, including Neil Young playing lead guitar on “Country Feedback.”

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