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Watch: Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to Pete Seeger

on January 29, 2014, 9:26am

As to be expected, Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to his longtime friend and mentor Pete Seeger during his concert in South Africa on Tuesday night. Springsteen — who recorded an album of Seeger songs in 2006 and performed alongside the folk legend at President Obama’s inauguration in 2010 — covered Seeger’s iconic protest song “We Shall Overcome”.

“I lost a great friend and a great hero last night, Pete Seeger,” Springsteen said prior to the performance. “He was a courageous freedom fighter. I took this song to heart and once you heard this song you were prepared to march into hell’s fire.”

Watch the footage below:

Earlier in the day, Springsteen shared the transcript of a tribute he wrote for Seeger in celebration of his 90th birthday. Click here to read it in full.

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