New Orleans, Sunday, May 4, 2014 – Bruce Springsteen made a surprise visit to the Saenger Theater in New Orleans last night to open the star-studded tribute to local musical legend Dr John, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music.
After a near three-hour set at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Saturday afternoon (May 3) – that also included a guest spot from John Fogerty – ‘The Boss’ joined Dr John on stage to perform ‘In The Right Place.’ Fogerty also joined the show later on for a version of the old Eddie Hodges hit ‘New Orleans.’
Local performers included Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Terence Blanchard, bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters, Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Cyril Neville, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tab Benoit, Shannon McNally and trombonist Sarah Morrow, (current musical director of Dr. John’s band).
Other guests included Gregg Allman (playing guitar with Widespread Panic), Mavis Staples, Warren Haynes, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Jimmie Vaughan, drummer Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead and Ryan Bingham.
Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell was a member of the house band led by bassist/producer (and Blue Note Records head) Don Was.
But Springsteen was not the only member of his troupe to make a guest appearance in New Orleans. Later in the evening, the E Street Band’s Roy Bittan appeared at Preservation Hall as part of its Midnight Preserves shows which showcase the legendary Jazz Band with special guests (the other night it was The Alabama Shakes).