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Bruce Springsteen's Levon Helm Cover: 'The Weight' (VIDEO)

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Bruce at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest
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Bruce Springsteen made his first ever visit to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ a special one on Wednesday night by playing his usual array of hits, deep cuts and really deep cuts ("Bishop Danced" was performed for the first time since Jan. 31, 1973). However, what delighted the audience most of all was Bruce's tribute to the recently deceased Levon Helm.

Per the Star-Ledger, Springsteen honored Helm by singing an impromptu cover of The Band's hit song "The Weight." The singer was spurred to perform the tribute with his E Street bandmates after seeing a fan-made poster in audience (click over to the paper's website for a glimpse).

Springsteen called Helm "one of the greatest voices in country rockabilly and rock and roll."

"[H]is voice and his drumming was so incredibly personal," Springsteen said.

Watch Springsteen's cover of "The Weight" above. Check out "Bishop Danced" -- which was never on a proper album and only appeared on the 1999 outtakes record Tracks -- below.

For the Newark set list, head over to the Star-Ledger.

[via Gawker]

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