Taylor Swift came out of a long hiatus from her performances on Saturday night when she inducted Carole King into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and she kicked off the night with a synth-pop rendition of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” .
“I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know Carole King’s music,” Swift said. “I was raised by two of his biggest fans, who taught me the basic truths of life as they saw it: that you have to treat people the way you want to be treated, that you have to believe that you can achieve anything you want in life, and that Carole King is the greatest songwriter of all time.
Swift has paid tribute to her heroes since the early days of her career. After all, his first single was called “Tim McGraw”. And his first shows in the arenas were filled with covers of songs from Gwen Stefani, The Beach Boys, Justin Timberlake, Green Day, and Britney Spears.
She often used the cover of the evening to honor local heroes, which is why she played Britney Spears’ “Lucky” in Bossier City, Louisiana; Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” in Detroit; and “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams in Vancouver, British Columbia. When she arrived at the Prudential Center in Newark in July 2011, she couldn’t decide between Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, so she covered them both. Here is a video of his truncated takes on “Dancing in the Dark” and “Livin ‘on a Prayer”. In the fan-shot clip, you can hear a Swifty freaking out when she realizes what she is playing.
This is the only time Swift has covered a Springsteen song in her career, and they’ve never performed together, but hopefully she’ll release it for “July 4th, Asbury Park (Sandy)”, “Je am on fire ”or“ Thunder Road ”the next time she is on the road. They’re two of the biggest stadium bands on the planet, and it’s high time they finally made them one together.