iTunes Festival Covers: Adele Sings Bonnie Raitt; Linkin Park Sings Adele

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Adele has never shied away from cover songs (when 21 debuted at #1, Buzzfeed listed their favorite nine covers, topped by her Unplugged performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”) but this latest cover is maybe her most fitting choice yet. As part of her iTunes Festival performance last night, she offered her take on Bonnie Raitt‘s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Aside from being a powerful song that Adele delivered well, the song is a good match for the boy-chews-up-girl-and-spits-her-out themes of 21, so it fits nicely into her body of work. One thing we’re wondering, though: a week and a half ago, Adele blogged her love of Bon Iver. Was she inspired to cover the song from his own rendition, on the B-side of his “Calgary” single and live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon?

Adele may have a repertoire of covers, but even bands that don’t play others’ songs have been making room in their sets for one cover: “Rolling in the Deep.” Perhaps the most surprising of these covers was the acoustic performance Chester Bennington (on vocals) and Mike Shinoda (on guitar) of Linkin Park turned out last month in Hamburg. Perhaps that rendition was a rehearsal, because earlier in the iTunes Festival, they took on the song once again, this time with Shinoda on keyboard and Bennington really selling the vocals. The London crowd loved it. We’re curious if you agree. Let us know in the comments!

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