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Tom Morello + Others Salute MusiCares Person of the Year Bruce Springsteen

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Tom Morello‘s growing relationship with Bruce Springsteen continued in a major way Friday night (Feb. 8) in Los Angeles as the Rage Against the Machine guitarist was all over the set list for the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to “The Boss.”

Morello first appeared onstage with the legendary Jackson Browne, playing along to the Springsteen song ‘American Skin (41 Shots).’ He’d later return to join My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James in performing a scorching version of ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad.’ The guitarist finished out the night playing three songs with Springsteen — ‘Death to My Hometown,’ ‘Thunder Road’ and ‘Born to Run‘ — before the all-star finale on the song ‘Glory Days.’

Other highlights during the evening included the show opening ‘Adam Raised a Caine’ from Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons performing ‘I’m on Fire,’ Elton John delivering ‘Streets of Philadelphia‘ and Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s rousing take on ‘Born in the U.S.A.‘ Initial reports of the gala’s lineup suggested Eddie Vedder was also to be involved, but all reviews indicate that he was not part of the event.

In addition to the show, there was a charity auction led by Springsteen in which the singer offered a number of personal items to help boost up the price on a signed guitar by many of the participants. According to, as part of the Springsteen aided package, the winning bidder also got a one-hour guitar lesson, a ride in the sidecar of Springsteen’s Harley and one of the singer’s mother’s lasagnas. When all was said and done, the guitar with Springsteen’s extras fetched $250,000 for MusiCares.

Bruce Springsteen 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year Concert Setlist:
‘Adam Raised a Caine’ — Alabama Shakes
‘Because the Night’ — Patti Smith
‘Atlantic City’ — Ben Harper, Natalie Maines & Charlie Musselwhite
‘American Land’ — Ken Casey (of Dropkick Murphys)
‘My City in Ruins’ — Zac Brown and Mavis Staples
‘I’m on Fire’ — Mumford and Sons
‘American Skin (41 Shots)’ — Jackson Browne and Tom Morello
‘My Hometown’ — Emmylou Harris
‘One Step Up’ — Kenny Chesney
‘Streets of Philadelphia’ — Elton John
‘Hungry Heart’ — Juanes
‘Tougher Than the Rest’ — Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
‘Ghost of Tom Joad’ — Jim James and Tom Morello
‘Dancing in the Dark’ — John Legend
‘Lonesome Day’ — Sting
‘Born in the U.S.A.’ — Neil Young and Crazy Horse
‘We Take Care of Our Own’ — Bruce Springsteen
‘Death to My Home Town’ — Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello
‘Thunder Road’ — Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg, Gary Tallent
‘Born to Run’ — Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg, Gary Tallent
‘Glory Days’ — All

Next: Tom Morello to Fill in on Bruce Springsteen's Australian Tour

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