Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band essentially took over Newark last night on their Wrecking Ball tour. To close out the night, they whipped up a truly remarkable rendition of the Band's iconic "The Weight" in tribute to the late Levon Helm. As Consequence of Sound notes, Springsteen and Helm had united in Jersey prior to the latter's death last month, playing Asbury Park's infamous Stone Pony club in the mid-1980s. The solemn, unadorned acoustic performance from Springsteen last night was especially amplified by the entire crowd harmonizing with the band, as you can hear in the video below.
Springsteen is off to Europe next month (where audiences might not know all the words to "The Weight"), but he'll be back in August and will tour through September (at least). For the record, we're still wondering whether Wrecking Ball is a rap record.
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band's Remaining 2012 U.S. Tour Dates:
August 18 - Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium
August 24 - Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
August 26 - Moncton, NB @ Magnetic Hill
August 29 - Vernon, NY @ Vernon Downs Raceway
September 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
September 7 - Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
September 14 - Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
September 19 - East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
September 21 - East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
September 22 - East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium