By: Catherine Mitchell
Last night’s Grammys was a star-studded evening with several memorable performances, but the evening was easily toppled by the pre-Grammy MusiCares event that honored Bruce Springsteen.
Located at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Springsteen was awarded the 2013 Person of the Year honors. Springsteen donated his Fender Telecaster, autographed by Sting, Elton John, Neil Young and, for reasons unknown, Katy Perry. Proceeds from this event benefit the Recording Academy, a subsidiary of the Grammy Awards governing body, which provides financial and healthcare support to the music community.
Springsteen sweetened the deal by including in the benefit package, a ride in the sidecar of his Harley Davidson, a guitar lesson with The Boss himself, eight concert tickets and a backstage tour.
Paying tribute to the rock icon for his artistic talent and philanthropy, Springsteen joined an elite class of honorees that include Paul McCartney and Bono.
A generational spattering of musicians paid homage to Springsteen with their renditions of his most esteemed songs such as “Adam Raised A Cain,” performed by Alabama Shakes, “American Skin (41 Shots),” performed by Jackson Brown and “Your Hometown,” performed by Emmylou Harris. Springsteen, himself, found Harris’ performance “beautiful.”
Nothing excited the crowd more than when Springsteen himself too k the stage as he played a five song set. According to Rolling Stone, Springsteen exclaimed, “Now gimme that damn guitar!” Pervious performances, though good, were dwarfed by the amount of energy that Springsteen aroused in the crowd.
Auctioned and bought at the price of $250,000 (yikes!) by Tracy Powell, sister-in-law to Steve Jobs, it seems that the gala was successful.
Springsteen proved throughout 2012 that he hasn't lost a drop of energy, having released the album The Wrecking Ball and embarking on a world tour with his E Street Band. And the New Jersey native is keeping that Ball rolling, with a country album recorded and waiting in the wings.
According to NME, Springsteen stated of the record's release, “I got some stuff I've worked on, but I don't have anything fixed. I worked on it for a while, then the music came along and the tour came along. There doesn't seem to be an urgency to return to it at the moment. It'll present itself and I'll see what happens.”
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are set to pick up the next leg of their Wrecking Ball Tour in Australia beginning next month, and will then play a series of European dates that take them all the way into July.
For more information on Bruce Springsteen and all of his upcoming projects, head to his official website.