April 17, 2014
Friday April 11th The E Street Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by their Frontman Bruce Springsteen. Bruce has always acknowledged the role the E Street Band has had on his career and this night was no exception with this except from his speech;
I told a story with the E Street Band that was, and is, bigger than I ever could have told on my own. And I believe that settles that question.
So with his usual Poetry in Motion Bruce goes on to tell the story of the E street band in a way that only he could. For all you fans of The Boss sit back and listen as he takes you on a lyrical journey that makes you feel somewhat like you were there.
Good evening. In the beginning, there was Mad Dog Vini Lopez, standing in front of me, fresh out of jail, his head shaved, in the Mermaid Room of the Upstage Club in Asbury Park. He told me he had a money-making outfit called Speed Limit 25, they were looking for a guitarist and was I interested? I was broke, so I was. So the genesis point of the E Street Band was actually a group that Vini Lopez asked me to join to make a few extra dollars on the weekend.
Shortly thereafter, I met Dan Federici. He was draped in three quarter-length leather, had his red hair slicked back with his wife Flo — she was decked out in the blonde, bouffant wig — and they were straight out of Flemington, NJ.
So Vini, Danny, myself, along with bass player Vinnie Roslin, were shortly woodshedding out of a cottage on the main street of a lobster-fishing town: Highlands, NJ. We first saw Garry Tallent along with Southside Johnny when they dragged two chairs onto an empty dance floor as I plugged my guitar into the upstage wall of sound. I was the new kid in a new town, and these were the guys who owned the place. They sat back and looked at me like, “Come on, come on, punk. Bring it. Let’s see what you got.” And I reached back and I burnt their house down.
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April 13, 2014
Video: The Chasers War, via YouTube
Australian humour doesn’t always work in other parts of the world. As one viewer said “If you tried this in the U.S you would have 30 rounds in you before you hit the ground”. As aussies we just think it’s funny and get a really good laugh.
April 11, 2014
Certainly have to give this guy points for determination and desire to succeed at all costs.