Bruce Springsteen Releases Full 1986 Bridge School Benefit Set


In a surprise to fans, Bruce Springsteen released his full acoustic performance from Neil Young's inaugural Bridge School Benefit Concert over the weekend. According to the Boss' description of the Oct. 13, 1986 show at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, it was his first major gig since wrapping up the huge Born in the U.S.A. tour and his first acoustic set in more than a decade.

The show features Springsteen performing "Hungry Heart" with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young as well as an a cappella version of "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) and the debut of a stripped-down "Born in the U.S.A." The rock icon's band for the show included longtime E Street band member Danny Federici on accordion and Nils Lofgren on acoustic guitar and backing vocals. 

The set is available on Springsteen's site, with $2 from each sale going to benefit The Bridge School, which employs creative approaches to education and alternative communication systems to help educate children with severe speech and physical impairments. The concerts took place annually at Shoreline from 1986 until 2016, with such superstars as Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Sonic Youth, Elton John, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, R.E.M., Phish, The Who, Dave Matthews and countless others performing acoustic sets to benefit the school co-founded by Young's ex-wife, Pegi Young. 

The full track listing for the set is:

"You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)"

"Born in the U.S.A."


"Darlington County"

"Mansion on the Hill"


"Dancing in the Dark"

"Glory Days"

"Follow That Dream"

"Hungry Heart"