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Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young Join Forces for Backyard Benefit

Rolling Stone writes:

By Steve Baltin
October 31, 2013 2:50 PM ET

Over the past decade Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has called on countless friends, from Tracy¬† Chapman and Patti Smith to Metallica, to help him raise money for the Southern California school he started, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. One artist, however, has topped his wish list: Neil Young. Last night Flea’s dream became reality when the Chili Peppers and Young teamed up for an incredible night of music in the backyard of the gorgeous Paramour Mansion in Silverlake.

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“I asked him, he said yes. Pretty simple,” Flea told Rollng Stone before the show. “I’m a huge fan of his, and that he is playing for us tonight really means everything.”

Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers at Silverlake Conservatory benefit

Neil Young performs at the annual fundraiser for the Silverlake Conservatory music school Thursday in Silver Lake along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / October 30, 2013)
By Randy Lewis
October 31, 2013, 10:51 a.m.

Neil Young turned up in Los Angeles on Wednesday night at a hilltop mansion in Silver Lake that hosted the annual benefit concert for the Silverlake Conservatory music school, the event spearheaded by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, singer Anthony Kiedis and which also featured a performance by the Chili Peppers.

An audience of about 600 paid a minimum of $2,000 apiece to be in on the intimate performance and take part in a silent auction of donated works of art by luminaries who included Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Shepard Fairey, Raymond Pettibon, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, musician-actor John Lurie and several others.

Young included a couple of lesser-known songs in a 35-minute solo acoustic set and praised the Chili Peppers for their participation over the years in his annual Bridge School benefit shows in Northern California.

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