Bruce Springsteen MusiCares Tribute: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Sting, Alabama Shakes, Jim James, Mumford & Sons and More

Each Grammys weekend, the music world comes together to celebrate the MusiCares Person Of The Year with a dinner, auction and tribute concert. This year, MusiCares, which is the health and human services organization affiliated with The Recording Academy, honored New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen at the L.A. Convention Center. Not only did the likes of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Sting, the Alabama Shakes, Jim James and Tom Morello and Mumford & Sons pay their respects to The Boss by covering one of his songs, but Springsteen himself closed out the evening with a five-song set.

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Comedian Jon Stewart hosted, working in stories about his own New Jersey upbringing and how Springsteen’s music played a big role in his life. Between Alabama Shakes opening the evening with Adam Raised A Cain and Neil Young and Crazy Horse closing out the tribute set with Born In The U.S.A., there were 16 covers performed. Among those were Mumford & Sons bringing their own edge to I’m On Fire, John Legend’s solo piano version of Dancing In The Dark, James and Morello pairing up for The Ghost Of Tom Joad, Sting’s Lonesome Day and Elton John’s take on Streets of Philadelphia.

Watch Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s take on Born In The U.S.A. –

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When the auction that preceded the concert wasn’t pulling in enough money for Springsteen’s liking, Bruce upped the ante by throwing in a guitar lesson, a guided tour of backstage, eight concert tickets and a tray of lasagna cooked by his mother Adele. Apparently that worked as a New Jersey woman won with a $250,000 bid.

Watch a bit of Mumford & Sons’ exceptional version of I’m On Fire, Elton John’s Streets of Philadelphia, Sting’s Lonesome Day and Springsteen’s We Take Care of Our Own…

After the tributes, Springsteen took the stage with a few members of the E Street Band and additional musicians for a pair of songs from Wrecking Ball, classics Thunder Road and Born To Run as well as a Glory Days finale featuring all of the evening’s performers. Here’s the setlist from last night’s tribute…

Tribute Setlist:
Adam Raised a Cain [Alabama Shakes]
Because the Night [Patti Smith]
Atlantic City [Ben Harper, Natalie Maines, Charlie Musselwhite]
American Land [Ken Casey]
My City of Ruins [Zac Brown, Mavis Staples]
I’m on Fire [Mumford & Sons]
American Skin (41 Shots) [Jackson Browne, Tom Morello]
My Hometown [Emmylou Harris]
One Step Up [Kenny Chesney]
Streets of Philadelphia [Elton John]
Hungry Heart [Juanes]
Tougher Than the Rest [Faith Hill, Tim McGraw]
The Ghost of Tom Joad [Jim James, Tom Morello]
Dancing in the Dark [John Legend]
Lonesome Day [Sting]
Born in the U.S.A. [Neil Young & Crazy Horse]

Springsteen Setlist:
with Jake Clemons, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa
We Take Care of Our Own
Death to My Hometown [with Tom Morello]
Thunder Road [with Roy Bittan, Morello, Garry Tallent, Max Weinberg]
Born to Run [with Bittan, Morello, Tallent, Weinberg]
Glory Days [with all]

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