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Watch Bruce Springsteen Honor David Bowie With a Live ‘Rebel Rebel’ Cover

"We want to take a moment to note the passing of our good friend David Bowie."

Colin Stutz // January 17, 2016

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band honored David Bowie with a cover of the late rock icon’s 1974 single “Rebel Rebel” during the band’s American The River tour opening show Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center.

The Boss opened the band’s encore with the Diamond Dogs track, introducing it saying, “We want to take a moment to note the passing of our good friend David Bowie.”

Springsteen also noted that Bowie “supported our music way back in the very beginning, 1973,” and covered early songs “It’s Hard To Be a Saint in the City” and “Growin’ Up,” giving the young musician’s career a boost. In sort of rock folklore, Bowie even invited Springsteen to Philadelphia while recording his Young Americans album.

“We’re thinking of him,” Springsteen said as the band started into “Rebel Rebel.” Watch it here:

 

Following Bowie’s death on Sunday following a private 18-month battle with cancer, Springsteen tweeted this tribute to the Starman.