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Friday, February 08, 2013

Bruce Springsteen 2013 MusiCares Tribute: Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover "Born In The USA"!?!

Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover "Born In The USA"
w/ Nils Lofgren & "The Signing Cheerleaders"
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Bruce Springsteen
via SFGate
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Neil & Crazy Horse cover "Born In The USA" on Vine

"Two sign-language interpreters dressed as cheerleaders"

Young shut down the pre-Springsteen portion of the evening with a "Born in the USA" that included two sign-language interpreters dressed as cheerleaders signing along to the lyrics.

"John Legend made me sound like Gershwin," Springsteen said. "I love that. Neil Young made me sound like the Sex Pistols. I love that. What an evening."

Emmylou Harris & Bruce Springsteen
Phot by Twitter / LittleBrooce Tomo
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From SFgate dot com
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MusiCares Set List:

Alabama Shakes, "Adam Raised a Cain"
Patti Smith, "Because the Night"
Ben Harper, Natalie Maines, Charlie Musselwhite - "Atlantic City"
Ken Casey (Dropkick Murphys), "American Land"
Zac Brown and Mavis Staples, "My City in Ruin"
Mumford and Sons, "I'm on Fire"
Jackson Browne and Tom Morello, "41 Shots (American Skin)"
Emmylou Harris, "My Hometown"
Kenny Chesney, "One Step Up"
Elton John, "Streets of Philadelphia"
Juanes, "Hungry Heart"
Jim James and Tom Morello, "Ghost of Tom Joad"
John Legend, "Dancing in the Dark"
Sting, "Lonesome Day"
Neil Young and Crazy Horse, "Born in the USA"
Bruce Springsteen, "We Take Care of Our Own," "Death to My Hometown," "Thunder Road," "Born to Run"
Ensemble, "Glory Days"

Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young
Vote For Change tour 2004 (with Mike Mills on bass)
Photo by Danny Clinch

Tonight, Friday on Feb. 8, the 2013 MusiCares tribute to Bruce Springsteen will feature performances by Neil Young, and many others.

Earlier this week, we posed the question What Bruce Springsteen Song Will Neil Young Cover at 2013 MusiCares Tribute This Friday?

And we got lots of suggestions here and over on our Facebook | ThrashersWheatNeverSleep page. Thanks to everyone who submitted nominations.

Here's a consolidated list of the top choices of Bruce songs that Neil might cover.

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Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young

For us, the starting point is whether Neil will play with Crazy Horse? Or play solo?

It would seem that if with Crazy Horse, it would likely be a E Street Band song. And a classic Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band song at that.

We thought maybe a Bruce classic like "Jungleland" or "Thunder Road"? "Born to Run"?

Only "Thunder Road" made the final cut by TW voters.

But we were right on ruling out "Born in the USA" as a possibility since the song had one of the lowest vote totals of the 20+ songs nominated.

So what song do you think Neil will cover for the Bruce Springsteen 2013 MusiCares Tribute?

Have fun!


Bruce Springsteen - Neil Young

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At 2/08/2013 06:50:00 AM, Anonymous Grungy said...

It's Neil Young, so it won't be anything we think it will be!

At 2/08/2013 08:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NEIL YOUNG and CRAZY HORSE performing intimate show at The Plenary, Melbourne!
The announcement that Neil Young and Crazy Horse would be gracing both Australia and New Zealand with their phenomenal live show left fans thrilled and quick to grab tickets to see the legendary performers in concert.
In addition to the arena and winery performances already announced on their tour, The Frontier Touring Company are delighted to announce a one off, up close and personal show at The Plenary in Melbourne on Wednesday 13 March. This performance promises to offer an altogether unique and intimate experience.

At 2/08/2013 08:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know is this is being televised in the US, and what station, if so...thanks!

At 2/08/2013 10:03:00 AM, Anonymous Rusting Giant said...

Probably not going to be televised on account of it'll be midnight on the East Coast once it starts.

Are we expecting acoustic Neil or Neil with the Horse?

At 2/08/2013 11:29:00 AM, Anonymous Peter D said...

Hungry Heart it will be...

(awwww... Stills and Crosby are lost...)

At 2/08/2013 12:28:00 PM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

I'd love to hear Neil do Born in the USA...! :)

At 2/08/2013 12:54:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

These Musicares events have not been telecast in the past and usually released as a concert DVD to benefit the cause.

@ Matthew - if Neil covers "Born in the USA"... well ... it would just confirm what we already know... he's really something that we'll never figure.

Just about anything would be pretty cool. Thunder Road or Mansion would be excellent.

At 2/08/2013 02:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I'm Thinkin About is the song Neil should do in his warbled whisper. The song from Devils and Dust

At 2/08/2013 05:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what I want to know. All this chatter and we can't watch??? Boo

At 2/08/2013 06:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well my post got erased, was not signed in. i just wanted to say i have been a fan of your music since my preteen years, i wanted to attened your concert in ny in nov yet my health made me to sick, i look forward to you guys traveling back to ny or surrounding areas so i could attened my first neil young concert,a couple a my young teenagers were going to go with me in nov 2011, i had to show them a picture of you,so they could put a face to the music i love, cant wait to see you in conceret someday hope this blog obeys policy, i have never done this before its pretty neat, my 1st blog on a neil young site,peace and be safe. cc

At 2/08/2013 07:58:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@cc - thanks, come back soon!

fyi - Tune in @EStreetRadio @SIRIUSXM to hear Dave Marsh live from LA @MusiCares Person of the Year honoring @springsteen! #MusiCares #Grammys

Also, supposedly there's a Grammy app that may have some coverage.

At 2/08/2013 11:16:00 PM, Anonymous Rusting Giant said...

Neil's most likely doing Born In The USA.

That's what Jackson Browne said during his red carpet interview.

At 2/08/2013 11:19:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Rusting Giant - If Neil does Born In The USA it'll be such a goof.

That would be so crazy even for Crazy Horse.

What's Jackson Browne going to cover?

At 2/09/2013 12:07:00 AM, Anonymous Rusting Giant said...

@Thrasher Jackson Browne's playing "American Skin (41 Shots)".

At 2/09/2013 01:36:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

That will be wild if Neil really does play Born In the USA. I had figured something more like Promised Land or Racing In the Street, but then again it would be totally like Neil to do something different that he wants to do.

Just happy that we still have power at my house and I can follow what's going on. Nemo is raging right now like you would not believe! Way over a foot of snow already and the serious stuff is just getting going. Wind gusts over 60 mph and they've evacuated many folks along the ocean just a few miles away. The really big snowstorms always hit in February. This one is a monster.

"And the wind caught the edges of the cloth that covered my window. There I kept vigil, alert to the small, easily becoming, through an open eye, monstrous and beautiful."

--Patti Smith

At 2/09/2013 02:41:00 AM, Blogger Glen Boyd said...

Anybody know what Neil played yet? The Backstreets (BTX) board overloaded and crashed and I haven't found anything on Google yet.... ??

At 2/09/2013 03:06:00 AM, Blogger Glen Boyd said...

Born in the USA...with Crazy, who'da thunk it?

At 2/09/2013 03:52:00 AM, Blogger Glen Boyd said...

Setlist here:

At 2/09/2013 04:38:00 AM, Anonymous Peter D said...

apparently there were also some 'cheerleaders' on stage:

At 2/09/2013 04:41:00 AM, Anonymous Peter D said...

better picture:

At 2/09/2013 06:03:00 AM, Blogger TonyACT said...

Classic Neil - particularly after the 'well, certainly we can rule out Born in the USA' - he must have read that post.

Only 4 weeks to go until Neil hits Sydney - anticipation reaching fever pitch!!

At 2/09/2013 06:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha, ha, that’s a good one!

On MONDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2013 Thrasher wrote: Well, certainly, we can rule out "Born in the USA".

My reply on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 04 12:28:00 PM
It is kind of dangerous to use the words "Well, certainly, we can rule out..." in relation to Neil Young.

Don't tell me I didn't warn you T.
You should have known better after all these bloggin years. ; )
Keep on bloggin in the free world!

At 2/09/2013 06:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very little piece of Born In The USA:

At 2/09/2013 07:38:00 AM, Blogger darlobuc said...

"Born In The USA", expect the unexpected, go Neil.

At 2/09/2013 07:38:00 AM, Blogger darlobuc said...

Always expect the unexpected with Neil.

At 2/09/2013 08:01:00 AM, Anonymous Peter D said...

here's a clip, with - surprise! - some seconds of NYCH last year's performance of 'When I saw her standing there'... followed by a short interview with Neil and Pegi:

At 2/09/2013 08:03:00 AM, Anonymous Grungy said...

I stated in an earlier thread maybe something poetic from the first two albums.


So much for "Growin Up" or ...

I never would have expected ...

That's Neil fer ya!

At 2/09/2013 08:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Two sign-language interpreters dressed as cheerleaders"

Young shut down the pre-Springsteen portion of the evening with a "Born in the USA" that included two sign-language interpreters dressed as cheerleaders signing along to the lyrics.

"John Legend made me sound like Gershwin," Springsteen said. "I love that. Neil Young made me sound like the Sex Pistols. I love that. What an evening."

From SFgate dot com

At 2/09/2013 08:06:00 AM, Anonymous Peter D said...

and here's the full song:

At 2/09/2013 08:10:00 AM, Anonymous Cathy said...

it seems that Neil has played some air guitar as well..;-)....some cool photos on :

really looking forward to see them play in Europe this summer...

At 2/09/2013 08:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

unfortunately not the best song choice. neil seemed quite uncomfortable with the song and the lyrics. not a good performance...

At 2/09/2013 08:54:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Matthew L. for the win! lol

At 2/09/2013 09:19:00 AM, Blogger setlistthief said...

Looks like Nils on keyboards. When was the last time they played together?

At 2/09/2013 09:33:00 AM, Anonymous Setz said...

That sounds like Neils humor coming out again!A proud Canadian singing
"I was born in the USA".Funny & very cool at the same time.:)

At 2/09/2013 09:49:00 AM, Anonymous Rusting Giant said...

Nice to see Nils there.

At 2/09/2013 11:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Young’s raggedly glorious deconstruction..."

"Neil Young, meanwhile, imbued "Born in the U.S.A." with his distinctively swinging, defiant howl, making sure Republicans weren’t likely to bogart this version."

At 2/09/2013 12:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was rough and wild. surreal and beautiful. Loud and raucous. Highly entertaining and enjoyed by all. Nice job on the drums Ralphie!


At 2/09/2013 10:52:00 PM, Blogger Shadow said...

Nils was on the Trans tour and played piano on Southern Man.

The searcher
in Michigan

At 2/10/2013 04:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nils was also on Unplugged in 1993.
Was that the last time they played together?

At 2/10/2013 12:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Man, Oh Man, Is that Poncho looking like Little Steven while replacing Long Grain in the The Santa Monica Flyers reunion show?


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