Watch Bruce Springsteen Do A Comedy Bit With Jon Stewart & Play Acoustic Songs At Virtual Stand Up For Heroes Benefit
Every year, Bruce Springsteen gets together with the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation to host Stand Up For Heroes, an annual benefit that raises money for injured veterans. In past years, the event has gone down at the Theater At Madison Square Garden. Springsteen will play some acoustic songs and tell some dirty jokes, and sometimes he’ll sing with special guests like Eric Church. But with circumstances being what they are, Springsteen can’t do the event the way that he usually does. So last night, Springsteen found a way to turn Stand Up For Heroes into a virtual thing.
Last night’s version of the Stand Up For Heroes foundation still featured contributions from musicians (Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow) and from comedians (Tiffany Haddish, Iliza Shlesinger). But this time, everyone sent those contributions in. And rather than Madison Square Garden, Springsteen did his parts in an empty New Jersey bar.
At the beginning of the special, Springsteen and fellow Jersey native Jon Stewart rode up to the bar on a motorcycle with a sidecar, and Stewart called it the worst Uber ride he’d ever had. Later, when the two had gotten done riffing, Springsteen played two acoustic songs. First, he did “House OF A Thousand Guitars,” from his new Letter To You album, with wife and bandmate Patti Scialfa. Later, Springsteen played a solo-acoustic version of “Long Walk Home,” from his 2007 album Magic. Finally, Springsteen and Scialfa got back together for the Letter To You song “I’ll See You In My Dreams.” You can watch the full hour-long special below.
Cheat codes: “House Of A Thousand Guitars” is at the 25:12 mark of the video, “Long Walk Home” is at 42:34, and “I’ll See You In My Dreams” is at 55:45.