Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams performed together for the first time Saturday night, at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto.
The Invictus Games, now in its third year (it also took place in 2014 in London, and in 2016 in Orlando), is a week-long series of Paralympic-style games for wounded military veterans. The closing ceremony was at the Air Canada Centre, home to hockey’s Toronto Maple Leafs, basketball’s Toronto Raptors, and other teams.
Kelly Clarkson, Bachman & Turner and Coeur de Pirate also performed at the closing ceremonies, and Springsteen also performed three songs solo, backing himself with acoustic guitar and harmonica.
Springsteen sang Adams’ 1983 hit “Cuts Like a Knife” and his own “Badlands” with Adams and Adams’ band, after performing “Working on the Highway,” “The Promised Land” and “Dancing in the Dark” on his own. Springsteen had covered “Cuts Like a Knife” once before, at a Rainforest Fund benefit concert at Carnegie Hall in 2010.
You can watch videos below of Springsteen with Adams, and Springsteen solo, below.
Adams is a native of Kingston, which is in the same Canadian province, Ontario, as Toronto.
Springsteen begins previews of “Springsteen on Broadway” on Oct. 3. The official opening date is Oct. 12, and the five-times-a-week series of shows will continue through Feb. 3.