11/02/91 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater

Date: Saturday, November 2nd, 1991 
City: Mountain View, California, USA
Venue: Shoreline Amphitheater -- Bridge School Benefit 
Dirty Boots 
Cinderalla’s Big Score [abandoned twice] 
Personality Crisis 
  • An infamous disaster of a show. Held at Neil Young's annual Bridge Benefit Concert, the band was to perform all acoustically, a foreign format to them. In addition, they didn't actually have acoustic instruments with pick-ups - they were playing unamplified guitars with microphones on them. As a result, they had a hard time hearing each other. Ultimately, they got thru two songs, struggled with a third, then after a long uncomfortable pause while the monitors were fixed, Kim smashed a guitar, screamed "FUCK!", and the band did a loose cover of the New York Dolls' "Personality Crisis" before being booed offstage. Sonic Youth later semi-seriously alleged that their set was saboutaged by angry Neil Young roadies who resented remarks SY made about them in interviews following the early '91 tour. The band would return to the benefit 13 years later with much more preparation.

  • Lee returns to sing "Forever Young" at the end with Neil, Nils Lofgren, Nicolette Larson, Tracy Chapman, and Willie Nelson.
  • Last known performance of "Cinderella's Big Score" (last known complete electric version is 04/04/91 late).


  • Neil Young & The Stray Gators
  • Larry Keegan
  • John Lee Hooker
  • Don Henley
  • Nils Lofgren
  • Tracy Chapman
  • Willie Nelson

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