Is anyone else a tad queasy about the just-announced Bruce Springsteen benefit tribute concert being mounted by MusiCares? I’m picturing Elton John hunched over on his piano stool skewering “Thunder Road,” and it’s not a pleasant image. For some reason I’m reminded of that time Elton sang “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Axy Rose, which still shows up in my nightmares from time to time.
But Neil Young and Mumford & Sons will probably do justice to Springsteen’s catalog (excuse me, “Mr. Springsteen’s catalog,” to quote the New York Times), and personally I’d love to hear Mavis Staples tear into “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out.” Not that I’ll necessarily get the chance; there’s no word of a broadcast, so we’ll have to count on the mucky-mucks who could afford tickets to shoot clips with their iPhones. Do mucky-mucks do that kind of thing? [UPDATE: Rolling Stone is now saying the concert will be broadcast on CBS, so set your DVR!]
Here’s the rundown, via the MusiCares release:
Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder, and Neil Young will perform at the tribute concert in honor of 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year Bruce Springsteen. The sold-out gala will take place Feb. 8, 2013, two days prior to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Additional performers will be announced shortly.