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Bruce Springsteen Honors Mandela At First South African Gig

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s first show of 2014 had special meaning as
it was also the group’s South African debut. Last night’s performance at the Bellville
Velodrome in Cape Town saw the group augmented by Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom
Morello and included a few tributes to the late Nelson Mandela.

The Boss and his soon-to-be Hall Of Fame band opened up the show with a cover of The
Specials’s “Free Nelson Mandela,” an E Street debut. Springsteen mixed material from
throughout his career during the 27-song performance. Bruce’s first song in the encore
slot was “We Are Alive,” which he dedicated to Mandela telling the crowd he was honored to
have “been alive on the Earth at the same time” as the former South Africa president. The
ever-political Springsteen took numerous opportunities to rail against inequalities in
both America and South Africa. The New Jersey native ended the show with an acoustic
“Thunder Road.”

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist:

Watch Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s version of “Free Nelson Mandela”:

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