Videos by American Songwriter
Last night at a concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen sang “The Weight” in a tribute to the late Band drummer Levon Helm. The decision was prompted by a fan’s sign that read “PLAY 1 FOR LEVON. The Weight/Up On Cripple Creek. Levon Helm RIP.”
Helm had “just one of the greatest voices in country, rockabilly and rock and roll, just staggering… while playing the drums!” Springsteen remarked. “When I auditioned Max, I actually made him sing.”
“Both his singing and his drumming were so incredible. He had a feel on the drums, it comes out of a certain place in the past, you can’t replicate it.”
Speaking of incredible voices, listen to how great “The Weight” sounds in Springsteen’s hands.