Bruce Springsteen covers Bob Dylan


 “I love Bruce like a brother. He’s a powerful performer, unlike anybody. I care about him deeply.”
– Bob Dylan

“The first time that I heard Bob Dylan I was in the car with my mother, and we were listening to, I think, maybe WMCA, and on came that snare shot that sounded like somebody kicked open the door to your mind, from ‘Like a Rolling Stone.'”
– Bruce Springsteen


Bootleg that collected some of Springsteens Dylan interpretations
Bootleg that collected some of Springsteen’s Dylan interpretations


Bruce Springsteen was once called the “New Dylan” back in the early 1970’s. Springsteen escaped that tag to become a major rock star in his own right. Bob Dylan has been a major influence (among several others) and Springsteen has sung many of his songs. I have picked some of them for this post.

Bruce Springsteen inducts Bob Dylan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 1988 Hall of Fame Inductions.


In Tribute to Bob Dylan at the 1997 Kennedy Center Honors,
Bruce Springsteen – The Times They Are A-Changing (1997):

Live at Cafe Eckstein, Berlin
Bruce Springsteen with Wolfgang Niedecken & Band – Knocking on Heaven’s Door (1995):

bruce & bob

Bruce Springsteen – Blowin’ in the wind
(Paris, 1988):

Bruce Springsteen – Chimes of freedom (Berlin (east), 1988):

dylan and springsteen

Bruce Springsteen – I Want You (audio, great version!):



Bruce Springsteen – All Along The Watchtower:


Bruce Springsteen – Highway 61 (17Nov, 1990), with Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne (audio):


Bruce Springsteen – Like a Rolling Stone (Working on a dream tour, audio):


Let’s end with a touching rendition of Forever Young, Bruce Springsteen has sung this song on a few occations and always very subtle and touching.

Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan- Forever Young :

– Hallgeir

PS: I could not find One Of Us Must Know or Just Like A Woman, but I know he has done them at least once.

PSS: Bob Dylan has to my knowledge only sung one of Springsteen’s songs in concert, Dancing in the dark at Toad’s Place in 12 Jan. 1990 (audio):

7 thoughts on “Bruce Springsteen covers Bob Dylan”

  1. Bruce Springsteen did both Just Like A Woman and One Of Us Must Know on 3/23/88 in Atlanta during the soundcheck. (At least that’s how they are labeled in my collection.)

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