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‘Glee”s Cory Monteith Tribute: Listen to Every Song from “The Quarterback”

Glee‘ will bring plenty of eyes to FOX this Thursday as the musical dramedy drops its season 5 Beatles theme to pay tribute to the death of actor Cory Monteith in “The Quarterback.” Last week we caught our first look at the new episode that begins a brief hiatus for the series, while FOX has released both the full track list and songs from the somber hour.

Proving accurate the previously leaked set list, ‘Glee”s “The Quarterback” will feature only six songs in total, including “Seasons Of Love” from ‘Rent’; The Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You,” sung by Mercedes (Amber Riley); James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain”; The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young,” sung by Santana (Naya Rivera); Bruce Springsteen’s “No Surrender”; and finally, Adele’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” as sung by Rachel (Lea Michele).

“What you will see in the episode is what really happened,” Murphy told reporters of shooting the difficult episode. “Brad [Falchuk] and Ian [Brennan] and I wrote that episode and Brad directed it, and those performances that you’ll see, almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance because the actors and the crew had a really hard time shooting it.”

From FOX’s official synopsis of “The Quarterback”:

In the wake of Finn’s sudden death, former members of New Directions return to McKinley to remember their fallen friend. While a stoic Mr. Schue encourages all the gleeks to “memorialize him the way we do everything – by singing about it,” some of the kids find the exercise more cathartic than others. At the Hudson-Hummel home, Kurt, Burt and Carole sort through Finn’s belongings and what begins as a somber occasion blossoms into a poignant and much needed family moment.

Meanwhile, Emma grows concerned when she believes Will is so busy taking care of others that he’s not allowing himself time to grieve; Santana struggles with using her “bitch” mask to hide her fond feelings for Finn, and has a run in with Bree, McKinley’s “New Santana”; and following a heart-to-heart with Coach Beiste, Puck honors Finn’s memory by making a life-changing decision about his future.

While we wait to see how ‘Glee’ honors Cory Monteith’s memory, have a listen to the full performances from the episode above and below, and tell us if you’ll tune in for “The Quarterback.”

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