Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit Concert already has a slew of heavy hitters on the bill: Queens Of The Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, fun., Jenny Lewis, and Heart are already on the bill, as is Young himself alongside his old buddies Crosby, Stills, and Nash. If it’s possible for the concert to get even bigger, it just has: indie rock heavy-hitters Arcade Fire and cult icon Tom Waits have been added to the lineup.
The big addition here is Arcade Fire, who are slowly coming out of the woodwork in anticipation of their new album Reflektor. The band premiered a couple of new songs on Saturday Night Live and a late-night concert special that may have been the weirdest thing to air on network television in a very long time. However, the band have yet to do any touring save for a few secret shows in Montreal and New York. Waits is another touring recluse, though he’s currently on the road behind his excellent Bad As Me, which came in 2011.
The addition of Arcade Fire and Tom Waits comes along with the subtraction of The Killers, who have dropped out of the lineup as of today. In a statement, Killers drummer Ronnie Vanucci said that the band were unable to put together a set without bassist Mark Stoermer, who is taking a break from touring for personal reasons.
This year’s Bridge School Benefit will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California on October 26-27th. Tickets can be purchased here.