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Steve Van Zandt says Bruce Springsteen ‘keeps conquering new territory’

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Even when he's not on the stage or in the studio with "The Boss" -- Steve Van Zandt remains a devoted Bruce Springsteen acolyte. Variety reported that Springsteen On Broadway is doing incredible business, with the show raking in a cool $2,401,108 last week alone.

For Van Zandt, the show is yet another example of how Springsteen can convey his message to both old and new fans alike: "Oh, it was just great. Really, really great. I loved it. 'Saw it twice. Y'know, it was just a whole 'nother medium and, y'know, he really adjusted to really creating a new kind of show, y'know? I really loved how he did it, and the way he did it. The audience has been going crazy for it -- it's great. So, he keeps on conquering new territory, y'know?"

We asked Van Zandt if there's been any talk about future E Street Band activity later in 2018: "Nah, no -- no, it's still too soon, I think. Like I said, Bruce is committed for the next six months (to the Broadway run). . . So, y'know, he's focused on that at the moment. We haven't talked about what happens after that."

Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul have just released a yuletide Ramones classic as their new digital single. Van Zandt and the band recorded "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" live at a soundcheck in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Bruce Springsteen performs tonight (December 21st) at Manhattan's Walter Kerr Theatre.

Side Notes:

A triple bill concert for next month at Red Bank, New Jersey's Count Basie Theatre will now serve as a tribute to Smithereens leader Pat DiNizio, who died on December 12th at the age of 62.

The Asbury Park Press reported Steven Van Zandt issued a statement, reading, "I was set to host this Smithereens and Patty Smyth & Scandal show as part of Citi’s Underground Garage at the Basie series. With the sudden, tragic passing of Pat DiNizio, I think it’s appropriate that we take this moment to pay tribute to him. I will be honored to sing a few of his songs with the band, and I’m asking any friends of mine if they can make themselves available for a song or two. We’ll see who’s around and announce them shortly."

The surviving Smithereens -- Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, Mike Mesaros, and Severo Jornacion -- will take to the stage with guest vocalists.

A portion of the ticket sales will help establish the Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship at the Basie’s Performing Arts Academy.

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Springsteen was inspired to take up music at the age of seven after seeing Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 and growing up hearing fellow New Jersey singer, Frank Sinatra on the radio. Sinatra also inspired his style of songwriting, which was developed in his youth after his mother bought him his first guitar for $18

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