On the opening night of his River 2016 tour in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bruce Springsteen took a moment to verbally remember his late friend and mentor David Bowie. “The Boss” and the E Street Band then broke out into a fantastic cover of “Rebel Rebel” in musical tribute. The video, which was graciously posted by Dustin Johns, was gorgeously filmed and captured the heartfelt beauty of the moment.
I want to take a moment to say something about the passing of my good friend David Bowie. A lot of people don’t know, but he supported our music back way, way in the very beginning. In 1973 he rang me up and I visited him down in Philly where he was making his Young Americans album. He covered some of my music – “Hard to Be a Saint in the City”, “Growing Up” and he was a big supporter of ours, particularly…I took a Greyhound bus to Philly, that’s how early it was. Anyway, we’re thinking of him.