Watch Bruce Springsteen’s MusiCares Video


“My work has always been about judging the distance between American reality and the American dream,” Bruce Springsteen explains in this video tribute, which aired during the MusiCares gala last Friday night.

Honored at the 2013 Musicares Person of the Year, Springsteen was the star of the annual event. He answered questions, auctioned off a 1952 Telecaster (which sold for $250,000, after Springsteen threw in a one-hour guitar lesson, a ride on his motorcycle, a backstage tour and a tray of his mother’s homemade lasagna) and watched as his peers took the stage to perform their favorite Springsteen songs. Mumford & Sons tackled “I’m on Fire.” John Legend turned “Dancing in the Dark” into a piano ballad. Neil Young and Crazy Horse ripped into “Born in the USA” like a veteran punk band.

The evening ended with a encore of sorts: a short set by the Boss, who played three songs before welcoming the other bands back to the stage for an all-star version of “Glory Days.”

Watch the video and see the full set list below.

MusiCares 2013 setlist:

Introduction: Jon Stewart
1. Alabama Shakes – Adam Raised a Cain
2. Patti Smith – Because the Night
3. Natalie Maines, Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite – Atlantic City
4. Ken Casey (Dropkick Murphys) – American Land
5. Mavis Staples & Zac Brown – My City of Ruins
6. Mumford & Sons – I’m On Fire
7. Jackson Browne & Tom Morello – American Skin (41 Shots)
8. Emmylou Harris – My Hometown
9. Kenny Chesney – One Step Up
10. Elton John – Streets of Philadelphia
11. Juanes – Hungry Heart
12. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – Tougher Than the Rest
13. Tom Morello & Jim James – Ghost of Tom Joad
14. John Legend – Dancing in the Dark
15. Sting – Lonesome Day
16. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Born in the USA

Remaining songs were performed by Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Nils Lofgren, Jake Clemons, & house band
17. We Take Care Of Our Own
18. Death To My Hometown (joined by Tom Morello)
19. Thunder Road (joined by Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg, Garry Tallent)
20. Born to Run
21. Glory Days (all performing artists join him on stage)