They teamed up at a MusiCares benefit concert
Bruce Springsteen played two songs with The Who at the MusiCares benefit concert in New York on May 28, 2015.
Springsteen presented Pete Townshend with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his work supporting the charity at the event in support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, a charity to assist musicians with addiction recovery.
Rolling Stone reports that artists including Joan Jett and Billy Idol paid musical tribute to Townshend.
Afterward, Springsteen joined Townshend and Roger Daltrey to perform “My Generation” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. Watch fan-shot footage below.
Rolling Stone have also reprinted Springsteen’s tribute to Townshend, in which he recalled the impact Townshend and The Who had on his career.
“I was a young pimply-faced teenager who managed to scrap enough together to go see my first rock concert ever. Pete and The Who were young pimply-faced teenagers with a record contract, a tour and a rude aggressive magic,” Springsteen said.
“The Who came out and they played for probably a little more than 30 minutes. Pete, in a cloud of smoke, demolished his guitar bashing it over and over into the floor and his amplifier.”
“All I knew, for some reason, this music and the demolishing of all these perfectly fine instruments filled me with incredible joy and I never looked back.”
“As I grew older, the Who’s music seemed to grow with me, the sexual frustration, politics, identity. These things course through my veins with every concurring Who album. I always found myself there somewhere in their music.”
“Pete is the greatest rhythm guitarist of all time. He showed you, you don’t have to play any lead. It’s an amazing thing to behold, ” he continued. “Pete managed to take the dirty business of rock and roll and somehow make it spiritual and turn it into a quest. He may hate this, but he identified the place where it was noble, and he wasn’t afraid to go there.”