Vega, who died in his sleep at the age of 78 on Saturday (July 16), was an influence on Springsteen, who covered Suicide’s song “Dream Baby Dream” on his 2005 Devils and Dust Tour. Springsteen subsequently recorded a cover of the song as part of a limited-edition vinyl series of Suicide covers. He also included it on his 2014 record, High Hopes.
“Over here on E Street, we are saddened to hear of the passing of Alan Vega, one of the great revolutionary voices in rock & roll,” he wrote. “The bravery and passion he showed throughout his career was deeply influential to me. I was lucky enough to get to know Alan slightly and he was always a generous and sweet spirit. The blunt force power of his greatest music both with Suicide and on his solo records can still shock and inspire today. There was simply no one else remotely like him.”
Springsteen frequently wove “Dream Baby Dream” into The River‘s “Drive All Night.” Watch below: