What Should Bruce Cover?

What Should Bruce Cover?

Springsteen photo by Antonio Scorza; Bootsy Collins photo by Featureflash / both Shutterstock.com

Bruuuuuuce Springsteen opens his 2014 U.S. tour April 8 at U.S. Bank Arena. When he does, some made-in-Cincinnati music may be on his playlist. Lately the Boss has taken to covering songs from or about each tour stop. In Australia it was AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” and INXS’s “Don’t Change”; in South Africa, “Free Nelson Mandela.” The guy is so game, he’s been known to spot a fan waving a sign naming a song, and teach the band the tune right then.

So what’s he likely to do here? While it would be the coconuts to hear the E Street Band tackle the Ass Ponys, here’s a short list of songs they actually might, and definitely should, play:

• “Twist and Shout,” the Isley Brothers
• “Cincinnati Fireball,” Johnny Burnette
• “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” Wynonie Harris
• “Body Slam,” Bootsy’s Rubber Band
• “Gentlemen,” the Afghan Whigs

What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

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