photos from Bruce Springsteen SXSW showcase:
Bruce had an amazing guest list including Jimmy Cliff (3 songs!),Eric Burden, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, along with members of Arcade Fire and the Low Anthem, Garland Jeffreys and Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine.
Billboard had a great review of the show: His show with the E Street Band on Thursday night at ACL Live at Moody Theater was a two-hour and 50-minute barn-burner that might have had, as Springsteen said, “a story to tell” based around his socially and politically conscious new album “Wrecking Ball” — which just a day earlier debuted atop the Billboard 200. But that ultimately gave way to a high-spirited and raucous revue marked by a parade of surprise guests and one-off song selections. Tom Morello joined in to recreate his contributions to the “Wrecking Ball” tracks “Death to My Hometown” and “Jack of All Trades,” while he pulled out his bag of guitar tricks while jamming with Springsteen on “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” A red-clad Jimmy Cliff joined the E Street gang for “The Harder They Come,” “Time Will Tell” and “Many Rivers to Cross” — and surprisingly NOT “Trapped” — while the Animals’ Eric Burdon, whose influence Springsteen chronicled during his SXSW keynote speech earlier in the day, roared through “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.”
The closing rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” meanwhile, was a spirited, all-hands-on-deck finale with Morello, Arcade Fire, Joe Ely and the evening’s opening acts, Alejandro Escovedo and the Low Anthem.
Here’s the The NY Times review of the show.