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Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to South American musicians

Written by admin on September 19, 2013 – 8:09 pm -



The South American leg of Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball tour has featured some surprise covers of songs by South American artists who have inspired him.

“Manifiesto” – Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen opened the South American leg of his Wrecking Ball tour on September 12 with a gig in Santiago, Chile, during which he performed Victor Jara’s “Manifiesto”. Springsteen also paid tribute to Jara in Spanish, noting that the musician remains a great inspiration. Jara was a poet, singer-songwriter, and political activist who was murdered in 1973 after the socialist Chilean Government was overthrown by a military coup.

“Sólo le Pido a Dios” – Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen didn’t manage to prepare his cover of León Gieco’s “Sólo le Pido a Dios” in time for the September 14 gig in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but he did subsequently release a filmed performance of the song for his Argentinian fans. León Gieco is a folk-rock musician whose lyrics have earned him the nickname “the Argentine Bob Dylan”.

“Sociedade Alternativa” – Bruce Springsteen

Last night’s show in São Paulo, Brazil opened with a cover of Raul Seixas’ “Sociedade Alternativa”. Seixas was a pioneer of Brazilian rock music who died in 1989.

The South American leg of the Wrecking Ball tour will conclude on Saturday (September 21) at Rock in Rio. These are the first South American shows that Springsteen has played since 1988.



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