The tribute concert that took place for Bruce Springsteen's MusiCares Person of the Year honor in 2013 will air on PBS Dec. 9. Fans will be able to see Mumford & Sons, Neil Young and Elton John, among others, perform tunes by The Boss. Jon Stewart hosted the event, which will be broadcast as A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stone notes.
A cast of all-star Springsteen admirers made the bill for the evening, and there were many highlights from the show. Mumford & Sons reworked "I'm on Fire" from Born in the U.S.A. while Young tore through the title track with Crazy Horse. John Legend stunned the crowd with a beautiful, piano-driven "Dancing in the Dark," which Springsteen later said, "John Legend made me sound like Gershwin."
Zac Brown joined Mavis Staples for a lovely rendition of "My City of Ruins" from 2002's The Rising and Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys amped up the crowd with "American Land." "Atlantic City" got a wonderful reworking from Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite.
The night ended with Springsteen and his E Street Band taking the stage for "We Take Care of Our Own" and "Death to My Hometown" from 2012's Wrecking Ball, and old favorites like "Thunder Road," "Glory Days" and "Born to Run."
Other covers included Sir Elton on "Streets of Philadelphia," Jim James and Tom Morello on "The Ghost of Tom Joad," Emmylou Harris on "My Hometown," Alabama Shakes on "Adam Raised a Cain," Juanes on "Hungry Heart" and Patti Smith on "Because the Night."