Bruce Springsteen Honors Steve Van Zandt, Stumps For President Obama
Bruce Springsteen was on hand Tuesday night (October 16th) to present Steven Van Zandt with the "Big Man of the Year" award from Little Kids Rock benefit at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. The award is named after the E Street Band's late saxophonist, Clarence Clemons. Springsteen, who's been friends with Van Zandt since the mid-'60s, told the crowd, "There's been no better bandmate or wingman or friend to me than Steve Van Zandt." Springsteen went on to joke about their short time living together, recalling: "It was sort of like a two-man cell at Rahway Prison. . . My recollection -- and Steve may contradict me -- Steve was a slob. . . He was an 'Oscar' that forced me into the 'Felix' role."
Van Zandt spoke about the importance of music education: "You watch these kids' eyes light up when you hand them a guitar. We haven't left much for the next generation. We have left our progeny no practical means by which to make a living in music. We find ourselves with no government support, no infrastructure left in the private sector, and no standards of quality in sight. Instead of whining about it, we're gonna do something about it. Because, I don't know about you, but I'm not gonna live in a world without great rock n' roll."
The benefit, which raised over $800,000 for children's musical education, included Elvis Costello, Darlene Love, Tom Morello -- who sang Van Zandt's 1985 anti-apartheid hit, "Sun City" -- the E Street Band's Max Weinberg and Jake Clemons, Southside Johnny, who -- along with all the performers -- performed his 1976 signature hit, "I Don't Wanna Go Home," which was written and produced by Van Zandt.
IN OTHER SPRINGSTEEN NEWS
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band have announced their first South American dates since 1988's Human Rights Now! tour, according to Backstreets.com. Bruce and Co. have signed on to perform at Brazil's Rock In Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro. The festival, which runs from September 13th to 22nd, will also feature Metallica and Iron Maiden.
Springsteen will perform today (Thursday, October 18th) in support of President Obama in Ames, Iowa at the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University. He'll also appear today with President Bill Clinton at a "Get Out The Vote" event in Parma, Ohio at Cuyahoga Community College, West Campus.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band tour dates (subject to change):
October 19 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
October 21 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
October 23 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
October 25 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
October 27 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
October 30 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
November 1 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
November 3 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
November 11, 12 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
November 15 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Arena
November 17 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
November 19 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
November 26 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
November 28 - Portland, OR - The Rose Garden
November 30 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
December 4 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
December 6 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena