Watch: The Boss Covers Bowie During Pittsburgh Concert
Bruce Springsteen's cover of “Rebel Rebel” came during the encore of Saturday night's show at the Consol Energy Center.
Saturday night’s performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band was already notable as the kickoff for the group’s latest tour, in which they’ll perform the classic 1980 album “The River” in its entirety. (And they did just that Saturday night at Consol Energy Center, only the second time that record has ever seen a full-scale live rendition).
But it also marked Springsteen’s first opportunity to pay tribute to David Bowie, who passed last Sunday, Jan. 10, at the age of 69. During the encore, Springsteen paused to remember meeting the iconic artist: “I don’t know if people know it, but he supported our music way, way back in the very beginning, in 1973,” The Boss said. “He rang me up and I visited him down in Philly when he was making the ‘Young Americans’ record. He covered some of my music … He was a big supporter of ours.”
The E Street Band then launched into the Bowie hit “Rebel Rebel.” While the band is not believed to have ever covered it before, they were sharp and polished; on Monday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Scott Mervis reported on the WDVE Morning Show that the band had been practicing both “Rebel Rebel” and “Suffragette City” in pre-show rehearsals.
The full video of Springsteen’s Bowie tribute is above, via Rolling Stone magazine.