All-Star Lineup Honor Springsteen at MusiCares Gala
A stellar lineup of musicians came together to honor Bruce Springsteen at last night’s Grammy MusiCares charity auction at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The night kicked off with a rendition of “Adam Raised a Cain” from Alabama Shakes, who were followed by Patti Smith. Smith performed her song “Because The Night”, which she co-wrote with Springsteen in 1978. Next, Mumford and Sons took the stage for a banjo heavy take on “I’m On Fire” before Jackson Browne came out for “American Skin (41 Shots).” The evening’s treats continued with a stunning rendition of “My Hometown” from Emmylou Harris, followed by Sting’s take on “Lonesome Day.” However the most impressive performance of the night came from the unlikely duo of Jim James and Tom Morello, who definitely earned the standing ovation they received after their hard rocking version of “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”
The crowd was thoroughly pleased with the star-studded Springsteen lovefest, but everyone knew the night would not be complete until The Boss himself took the stage. “Now gimme that damn guitar,” shouted Springsteen before going into a five song set that included “We Take of Our Own,” “Death to My Hometown,” “Born to Run” and “Glory Days.” However the show did come to a close just yet. Elton John still had to put his spin on “Streets of Philadelphia” and John Legend came out for a rendition of “Dancing In The Dark.” The night then came to a fitting conclusion as Neil Young closed things out with an emotional take on “Born in the U.S.A.”
While the music may have been fun for everyone involved, the real purpose of the night was raising money for various charitable causes. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were were raised for MusiCares’ philanthropic efforts at the beginning of the night, with on of Springsteen’s telecasters—signed by Sting, Elton John, Neil Young and Katy Perry—netting an astonishing $250,000.