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