Need a dose of the E Street Band?
“Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live from New York City,” which documents the closing shows of the E Street Band’s Reunion Tour of 1999 and 2000 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, was recently posted on the Boss’ YouTube channel.
The tracks were filmed on June 29 and July 1, 2000, at the Garden and were originally shown as an HBO special that won two Emmys. Chris Hilson is the director.
The videos capture the “ ‘the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earth-quaking, booty-shaking, love-making, legendary E Street Band’ as Bruce and his blood brothers embarked on an exciting new musical chapter together,” according to Springsteen’s social media postings.
It’s hard to believe the tour was almost 20 years ago. Yes, Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici are up on stage with the guys and gals. The E Street Band and it's future, both live and on record, is triggering lots of intrigue as the days count down to the close of “Springsteen on Broadway.” The show ends Dec. 15, the same day it becomes available as a Netflix special directed and produced Thom Zimny.
The subject of the band’s future came up when Stevie Van Zandt pushed back against a report on Magicvalley.com last week that suggested he was stepping down from the E Street Band.
“Don’t worry. I retire when they pull my guitar from my cold dead hands!” tweeted Van Zandt.
Springsteen record producer Ron Aniello also caused a stir last week when he Instagram storied a pic and a short video of Max Weinberg in what appears to be the Boss’ Stone Hill Studio in Colts Neck.
“Mighty Max Weinberg will hurt you in so many ways,” Aniello wrote.
It wasn’t the first time Aniello posted from Colts Neck on his Instagram account. In April, he put up a shot of himself with the caption: “If you could only hear what I’m hearing...”
Aniello produced Springsteen’s last two albums, “High Hopes” and “Wrecking Ball,” and the track “Freedom Cadence,” which played over the closing credits of the heroes of the homefront drama, “Thank You for Your Service,” last November. He also co-produced Patti Scialfa’s 2007 album, “Play It as It Lays.”
Scialfa is working on an album. The Boss himself has at least one album recorded, a “singer-songwriter record,” he said to Variety last November.
So, the take away is Ron Aniello and Max Weinberg in Colts Neck does not necessarily mean new E Street Band music, but you ever know.
Another point of intrigue is a July Instagram post by Scialfa, later re-posted by Springsteen, of Springsteen and Scialfa with performer and producer Jack Antonoff.
“Visited this crazy brilliant young man @jackantonoff at Electric Lady” studio today! Damn he is just soooo good! Then we all went off to Minetta Tavern for some hamburgers and fries!” posted Scialfa, with lots of musical symbols thrown in, suggesting that recording was done before the burgers and fries at the Minetta Tavern.
Antonoff is a Jersey native who fronts Bleachers and is the lead guitarist for Fun. He’s also produced Taylor Swift, Lorde and St. Vincent.
The trio has a Stone Pony connection. That’s where Springsteen and Scialfa met and Antonoff produces the annual Shadow of the City festival there.
The intrigue grows.