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Published: 2014/01/27

Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela with The Special A.K.A Cover in South Africa

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band opened up their first-ever concert in South Africa with a debut rendition of The Special A.K.A’s classic ska tune “Free Nelson Mandela” at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town last night. Springsteen also dedicated “We Are Alive”—the first of the encore—to the late Mandela.

Springsteen and The E Street Band were joined by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello for the show, which featured a number of other covers, including The Havalinas’ “High Hopes,” The Weavers’ “Pay Me My Money Down” and The Isley Brothers’ “Shout,” as well as a take on Patti Smith’s “Because the Night” (a tune that was written by Springsteen).

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via

Sunday, January 26, 2014, Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band, Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, South Africa

Nelson Mandela (The Special A.K.A. cover) (Live debut)
Death to My Hometown
Out in the Street
High Hopes (The Havalinas cover)
Spirit in the Night
Hungry Heart
The River
Heaven’s Wall
Atlantic City
Johnny 99
Pay Me My Money Down (The Weavers cover)
American Skin (41 Shots)
Because the Night (Patti Smith cover)
Darlington County
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
The Rising
The Ghost of Tom Joad (w/ Tom Morello on Shared Lead Vocals)
Land of Hope and Dreams 

We Are Alive (w/ Nelson Mandela dedication)
Born in the U.S.A.
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Shout (The Isley Brothers cover)

Encore 2:
Thunder Road (Acoustic)

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