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The writers of this blog are not music critics, and they don't consider a second (or third, fourth or fifth) mortgage to be a perfectly reasonable course of action to pay for front-row tickets, but despite being a whole lot more middle aged than they were when they first put \x34Born in the U.S.A.\x34 or \x34The River\x34 down on the turntable, still feels like Bruce has something -- OK, a lot of things -- to say about our country and the way we live our lives, things that not a lot of other artists are saying. And whether he's talking about the knife that can cut this pain from your heart, the house that's waiting for you to walk in or what that flag flying over the courthouse means, he's nailing down feelings that are so universal that they can raise your spirits and break your heart at the same time. Plus, let¹s face it, the man rocks.
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By Pete Chianca
Dec. 17, 2013 11:10 a.m.

E Stret Band

The house-rocking, pants-dropping, brain-shocking, earth-quaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, lovemaking, sexifying, electrifying, legendary E Street Band.



Fans have been clamoring for years, and it looks like those efforts paid off: The E Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at its induction ceremonies this April. Some have balked that this doesn’t sound like they’re really being inducted, but make no mistake – the ESB will be card-carrying members of the Rock Hall just like all the other inductees. (Well, we don’t know if there’s a card, but if there isn’t there should be.)

Just to clarify, this is how the Rock Hall describes the award: “This category was introduced in 2000. It honors those musicians, producers and others who have spent their careers out of the spotlight working with major artists on various parts of their recording and live careers. Though they often play a key role in the creation of memorable music, the public rarely knows them by name. A separate committee selects the inductees in this category.”

The ESB members are probably a little better known than most who come up for this award, given the presence of two bona fide TV stars and The Biggest Man in the World, but as a group that’s never recorded on its own, this is definitely the right category for them. (See past winners here.)

You’ll see them listed on the official list of 2014 inductees, along with their bio:



Bruce Springsteen formed the E Street Band in 1973, after he landed a recording contract with Columbia Records. Springsteen played with the musicians who became the E Street Band in various Asbury Park–based groups in the late 1960s and early 70s. The first lineup of the band – Garry Tallent on bass, Danny Federici on organ, David Sancious on piano, Vini Lopez on drums and Clarence “Big Man” Clemons on saxophone – logged many miles on the road, helping to establish Springsteen’s legendary reputation as one of the greatest performers in the history of rock and roll. In 1974, drummer Max Weinberg and pianist Roy Bittan replaced Lopez and Sancious, and in 1975, during the recording of Springsteen’s breakout album Born to Run, “Miami” Steve Van Zandt, who Springsteen had known since he was a teenager and who had been in a number of bands with Springsteen, joined the fold on guitar. That lineup of the band backed Springsteen on three of his most critically acclaimed and beloved albums: Born to RunDarkness on the Edge of Town and The River, and backed him live as he moved from clubs to stadiums.

When Steve Van Zandt left to pursue a solo career in the early 1980s, singer Patti Scialfa joined on vocals and Nils Lofgren, one of rock’s greatest guitarists, joined on guitar, and the band backed Springsteen on his explosive worldwide tour in support of Born in the U.S.A. in 1984-85. Springsteen did not work with the band for much of the 1990s, but reunited them in 1999 in a version that included both Van Zandt and Lofgren. The band has been together ever since, and despite the loss of Federici and Clemons, retains a distinctive sound and unparalleled reputation for live shows.

Through various incarnations, the “mighty men and women” of the E Street Band, as Springsteen calls them, have provided a unique and powerful sonic template for Springsteen’s music, combining British invasion guitar-driven rock, the joy of 1950s rock and roll and the drama and dynamics of soul music. They are showmen of the first order, and have more stamina than any rock band in the history of the music.


More stamina — we’ll buy that! Meanwhile, for the first time ever, the ceremonies — scheduled for April 10 at Barclay Center in Brooklyn — will sell tickets to the public. That’s at least ONE guaranteed Springsteen performance on American soil next year, so you may want to pony up.

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