Last week, Radio.com spoke with Bruce Springsteen sidekick and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt about his Rock And Roll Forever Foundation, his initiative to get music history integrated with public school curriculum. But Little Steven being Little Steven, he’s juggling a number of projects right now.
We spoke to him about a few other things on his agenda including his recent hiatus from E Street Band, the Rascals‘ reunion shows (which he prompted and produced) and, for the fun of it, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, which he often seems to be at least peripherally involved in.
First off was the question of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s recent tour of Australia, which Van Zandt had to miss due to his commitment to filming his Netflix-distributed TV show Lilyhammer. Rage Against The Machine member and Springsteen super-fan Tom Morello filled in on guitar for the tour.
“I thanked [Morello] for it,” Van Zandt said. “I was very happy that he was there. Anything that helps my friend Bruce! He’s my friend first (and foremost).”
(Van Zandt also noted that Morello paid tribute to him, playing a smoking version of “Sun City” at a tribute to the E Street Band guitarist in October 2012.)
The Lilyhammer filming finished in time for Van Zandt to get back to New York City in time for the official opening of the Rascals’ reunion show, Once Upon A Dream. The show, produced by Van Zandt, premiered at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York in December and is now wrapping up a a 15-night stand on Broadway. The production will make its way to Florida Memorial Day weekend.
— Brian Ives, Radio.com