Bruce Springsteen has paid tribute to The Band’s guitarist and singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson on the opening night of his US tour. See images from the show below.
News of Robertson’s death broke yesterday (August 9), with an update on social media from the band’s management. “Robbie was surrounded by his family at the time of his death, including his wife, Janet, his ex-wife, Dominique, his partner Nicholas, and their children Alexandra, Sebastian, Delphine, and Delphine’s partner, Kenny,” a he said. read. He was 80 years old.
Now, Bruce Springsteen is the latest of many members of show business to pay tribute to the musician, dedicating the closing song of his recent show to Robertson.
The moment happened during the concert offered by The Boss last night at Wrigley Field in Chicago, on the opening night of his US tour. Then he closed his three-hour performance with two encores, including the last performance of “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” dedicated to the late guitarist.
“To my good friend Robbie Robertson,” he said – watch a fan-captured clip below.
Last night, Springsteen opened the 26-song concert with a performance of his 1986 hit “No Surrender,” before performing “Ghosts,” “Prove It All Night,” “Letter to You” and “The Promised Land.”
She also performed fan favorites such as “Born To Run” and “Dancing In the Dark.” See more footage from the concert below, as well as the full line-up.
Bruce Springsteen was playing:
1. ‘Don’t Surrender’
3. Create it for the Night
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4. A letter to you
5. ‘The Promised Land
6. Out in the Street
7. “County of Darlington
8. ‘Kitty’s Back’
9. ‘Nightshift’ (Comodores version)
10.’The E Street Shuffle
11. Mary’s Place
12. ‘Johnny 99
13. ‘The Last Man Standing’
15. Because of the Night’ (Patti Smith band version)
16. ‘She’s the Head’
17. ‘Libel destroyed
18. The Rising
20. Thunder Road
21. ‘Born to Run
22. ‘Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)’
23. ‘Days of Glory
24. ‘Dance in the Dark’
25. ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze Out’
26. ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’ (dedicated to Robbie Robertson)
Then, Springsteen will play another night at Chicago’s Wrigley Park tomorrow night (August 11), followed by stops in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Ohio and more. Find all remaining tour dates and tickets here.
The Boss is not the first person to pay tribute to Robertson. Following the news of his death, tributes poured in from the likes of Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr, Joni Mitchell, Martin Scorsese and many more.
The latter collaborated closely with Robertson for much of his career, as Robertson scored several Scorsese films, including Raging Bull, Casino, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Irishman. His latest collaboration with Scorsese is the soundtrack for Killers of the Flower Moon, due for release later this year.
Since releasing his self-titled debut in 1986, followed by his sophomore album ‘Storyville’ in 1991, the musician has contributed to records by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond and many others. Robertson released his latest solo album, ‘Cinematic’, in 2019.