In 2009, Springsteen was among those who received the Kennedy Center Honors award in Washington DC, and various artists paid tribute performing his songs, including Sting (with a version of “The Rising”).
On Sunday this year’s honorees were Sting, Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride and Lily Tomlin. During the tribute gala Springsteen took the stage with his electric guitar and delivered a version of Sting’s “I Hung My Head”.
The concert was recorded and will air December at 9pm ET/PT on CBS.
Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin substituted for Bono last night at U2’s show at Times Square in New York City. The show was a benefit for the World AIDS Day. Bono couldn’t perform as he’s still recovering from his recent bicycle accident.
Kanye West and Carrie Underwood opened, then U2 took the stage and Bruce joined them for two of the bands’ classics: “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.
The show can be seen online at Youtube (Bruce’s performance begins at 37:22).
For the second time in a few days Bruce was part of another benefit show for war veterans. “The Concert for Valor”, held last Tuesday at the National Mall in Washington, featured a long list of musical stars, including Eminem, The Black Keys, Metallica and Rihanna.
Bruce first came onstage to perform with The Zac Brown Band, with Dave Grohl, for a vibrant version of CCR’s “Fortunate Son” [video].
Springsteen’s own performance included acoustic versions of “The Promised Land”, “Born in the U.S.A.” and “Dancing in the Dark”. The full show was broadcast live by HBO.
“I’m gonna send this out as a prayer for all of our recently returned vets, who deserve the best care this country can give them… we haven’t gotten there yet. This is for you guys.” (Bruce Springsteen)
This is an official video for the ‘Stand Up For Heroes’ concert, held Nov.5th in New York City. It includes highlights from the show and almost complete versions of all the songs Bruce performed, including “Working on the Highway”, “Growin’ Up”, “If I Should Fall Behind”, “Dancing in the Dark” and a brilliant version of “Born in the U.S.A.”.
There’s also the auction of Bruce’s guitar, plus a private 1-hour guitar lesson… and dinner at his home! It fetched $300,000. Bruce sings “Mystery Train” at the end of the auction.
Bruce Springsteen performed last night at the 8th annualStand Up For Heroes benefit show. As usual he told a few jokes, offered an acoustic performance and participated in the auction.
For his solo acoustic show he brought back the slide-guitar blues version of “Born in the U.S.A.” plus a long “Growin’ Up”, preceded by a story.
Patti Scialfa dueted with Bruce on “If I Should Fall Behind”. Other songs performed, to open and close the half-hour show, were “Working on the Highway” and “Dancing in the Dark”. After the show Bruce auctioned two guitars (which fetched $300,000 each), a one-hour guitar lesson, a ride in his bike and a lasagna dinner at his house.
Springsteen will be playing at another benefit show next Tuesday: “The Concert for Valor”, which will be held at the Mall in Washington on Nov.11th. It is a free show which will be broadcast live by HBO and the show’s website. Other performers include Carrie Underwood, The Black Keys, Eminem, Metallica, Rihanna and more.