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"There's a chemistry in that band that's just unmatched by almost anything I've ever seen. You can tell that these guys really like each other. They're getting gray and looking middle-aged, but when they get back together as a band they're just unbelievable. The really interesting thing in that band is the relationship between Miami Steve Van Zandt and Springsteen. It's like these two brothers who are back together. They are really tight. You just get this feeling that they're back, and it's like they never stopped touring. It's like these guys have this little code. This is still the best bar band around."


ROY BITTAN - Piano, Synthesizers, Organ, Accordion
Nickname: The Professor
Birthdate: July 2, 1949 Rockaway Beach, NY
Secret Ambition: Play and win at Wimbledon
First Joined Bruce Springsteen: Aug. 23, 1974
Other Influences: Clarence Clemons
CLARENCE CLEMMONS - Saxophone, Trumpet
Nickname:The Big Man,
More Nicks, " The King of the World, the Master of the Universe… do I have to say his name??
Birthdate: Jan. 11, 1942
Died: June. 18, 2011
Secret Ambition: To catch a 72-pound striped bass from my porch
First Joined Bruce Springsteen: On a rainy night in Asbury Park
Other Influences: King Curtis
DANNY FEDERICI (January 23, 1950- April 17, 2008) Organ, Piano, Accordion, Glockenspiel
Nickname: Phantom
Birthdate: Jan. 23, 1950 Flemington, NJ
Died: April. 17, 2008
First Joined Bruce Springsteen: 1968
Other Influences: Too many to mention
STEVE VAN ZANDT - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Nickname: Miami Steve, Little Steven, Silvio
Birthdate: Nov. 22, 1950
Secret Ambition: Being a TV-star in a gangster series.
First Joined Bruce Springsteen: 1975
Other Influences: Too many to mention
NILS LOFGREN - Guitar, Accordion
Nickname: Lefty
Birthdate: June 21, 1951 Chicago, IL
Secret Ambition: To be in the E Street Band
First Joined Bruce Springsteen: May 1984
Other Influences: Hendrix, Stones, Beatles, Ray Charles
PATTI SCIALFA - Guitar, Vocals
Nickname: Red
Birthdate: July 29, 1952 Deal, NJ
Secret Ambition: To sing with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
First Joined Bruce Springsteen: June 25, 1984
Other Influences: The Rolling Stones, Motown, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Phil Spector, and my grandpa, Geromeo Morris .
Nickname: “The Foundation of the E-Street Nation" "The Tennesee Terror"
Birthdate: Oct. 27, 1949 Detroit, by way of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Secret Ambition: To produce "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Stan Ridgeway
First Joined Bruce Springsteen: Jan. 1971
Other Influences: Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Bill Wyman
Nickname: Mighty One
Birthdate: April 13, 1951 South Orange, NJ
Secret Ambition: Perfecting my nine-stroke roll
First Joined Bruce Springsteen: Aug. 23, 1974
Other Influences: Answer to be found in The Big Beat (Contemporary Books, 1984
SOOZIE TYRELL - Violin, Vocals
Member of the E-Street Band during
The Rising Tour 2003
Her violin and vocal talents are allready featured prominently on Bruce Springsteen's 1995 Grammy winning album, "The Ghost of Tom Joad." She has previously recorded with Springsteen on the "Lucky Town" album, and can be heard on his "Greatest Hits" album as well as "Tracks. " She has also performed with Springsteen live at Madison Square Garden, The Meadowlands, Ryman Auditorium and other large venues around the world.
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CHARLES GIORDANO - Keyboards, Accordion
Nickname: Charlie
Birthdate: 1954 Brooklyn, NY
First Joined Bruce Springsteen: 2007
Nickname: "The Boss" Tho he prefers to be called "The Handsomest Man in Showbizz"
Birthdate: Way Back When, Under the Boardwalk
Secret Ambition: Keeping it a secret
First Joined Bruce Springsteen: Sept. 23, 1949
Other Influences: Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Gary U.S. Bonds.

A little bit of E-Street History
E Street is indeed a partnership that goes back to childhood.
Springsteen met guitarist Van Zandt when Bruce was 17. Van Zandt and Federici were with him in Steel Mill, his first real band. There was a brief-lived experiment called Doctor Zoom and the Sonic Boom, which gave way to the Bruce Springsteen Band.Garry Tallent had now come on board on bass.
Followed shortly by the Big Man. Clemons was playing sax in a band called Norman Seldin and the Joyful Noise. One night in Asbury Park, he decided to check out the Bruce Springsteen Band at a joint called the Student Prince.
"A rainy windy night it was," Clemons told Mojo Magazine, "and when I opened the door, the whole thing flew off its hinges and blew away down the street. The band were on stage but staring at me framed in the doorway. And maybe that did make Bruce a little nervous because I just said, 'I want to play with your band.' And, he said, 'Sure. You do anything you want.' "

In 1972, Springsteen signed a 10-year deal with CBS - interestingly enough, as a solo artist. E Street was still very much in the picture, although the lineup continued to evolve. Drummer Max Weinberg and pianist Roy Bittan came in 1974, replacing Ernest Carter and David Sancious (drummer Vini Lopez had left in '73).
In 1975, Springsteen broke big with the simultaneous appearances on the cover of Time and Newsweek.

In 1984, Van Zandt left on good terms and was replaced by former Crazy Horse axman Nils Lofgren. Springsteen also brought in a former Southside Johnny backup singer named Patti Scialfa. The band was at its peak, with the "Born in the U.S.A." album spending seven weeks at the top of the charts.
After that, things slowly wound down. In 1987's "Tunnel of Love," Clemons didn't play. The next year, amid rumors of a Scialfa/Springsteen romance, Springsteen's wife, model Julianne Phillips, filed for divorce.

In 1989, Springsteen called the E Street Band members and told them he was dissolving the group. Clarence was pretty badly hurt. He got a call in Japan when he was touring with Ringo Starr's All-Starrs.
Gradually the band members built lives off E Street. Lofgren and Van Zandt continued to record. Clemons took up acting and put out a couple of solo albums. Weinberg became band leader for Conan O'Brien. Bittan and Tallent did production and session work. Federici tried his hand at jazz. "None of them has fallen into complete disrepair," Christopher Sandford says. "Danny would probably be the worst. Danny wanted to go to Hollywood and write for the movies. I talked to a friend who remembered Danny leaving New Jersey and taking off with his wife. It's like they were renting the U-Haul and taking off to Hollywood to conquer the movies, and that hasn't happened."

Still, there were occasional get-togethers. In 1995, the Boss and the band got back together to record several tracks for a greatest hits album. Later that year, Springsteen and E Street backed Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bob Dylan at the opening concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1999 Bruce and the E-Street Band kicked of for a Worldwide "reunion"tour.
With the release of "The Rising" in 2002, and the tour that followed this release, the E-Street Band was back........Stronger than ever.

In early 2007 E Street Band members separately traveled to Atlanta and recorded on Springsteen's album Magic, and concurrent with the album's release in October 2007, the Magic Tour began. However, after the conclusion of the tour's first leg on November 19, 2007, Danny Federici took a leave of absence from the tour to pursue treatment for melanoma; he was replaced by Sessions Band member Charles Giordano. Danny Federici made his only return to the stage on March 20, 2008, when he appeared for portions of a Springsteen and E Street Band performance in Indianapolis. He died on April 17, 2008.

On June 12, 2011 Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke and died due to complications from the stroke on June 18 at the age of 69. It is currently unclear whether or not The E Street Band will continue without Clarence.

We can only hope................

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