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Steven Van Zant to mentor final five on American Idol tonight

by on May.02, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Steven Van Zant to mentor final five on American Idol tonight

Steven Van Zant is taking a break from his E Street band duties on the current Bruce Springsteen tour to mentor the remaining final five contestants on tonight's American Idol. The contestants will be performing songs by British artists tonight.

Little Steven took to Twitter yesterday (May 1) to comment about his Idol appearance. "[I] took it very seriously," he wrote. "We worked them very hard. 5 terrific kids. All winners."

Van Zandt joins music production and label legend Jimmy Iovine in mentoring. Iovine and Van zant share an illustrious past with Iovine having served as engineer on such classic Bruce Springsteen albums as Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. American Idol airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band missing the big man, Steven Van Zant talks ‘Wrecking Ball’ and more (video)

by on Feb.16, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band missing the big man, Steven Van Zant talks ‘Wrecking Ball’ and more (video)

There has been much talk and speculation on how Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band will replace legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemens on the band's upcoming tour.

The band performed the new single ‘We Take Care of Our Own‘ at the Grammy Awards last Sunday night (Feb. 12) in their first performance since Nov. 2009. It was the first time on stage without Clarence Clemens and they were missing the big man. Steven Van Zant was asked by Rolling Stone if the band’s fallen brothers, Clemons, who passed away in June, and keyboardist Danny Federici, who died in April 2008 — were on their minds when they took the stage: “Oh absolutely, but all you can do is carry on as a tribute to him and Danny.”

Springsteen didn’t use the full band for his new album ‘Wrecking Ball,’using some of the E Street members and other studio musicians, but he’ll travel with the E Street Band for his 2012 tour with a full horn section that includes Clarence’s nephew Jake Clemons on saxophone.

Little Steven Van Zant spoke with recently while promoting "Lilyhammer," a show he co-produces and stars in. It's the only known series about an Italian-American mobster who finds himself adjusting to culture shock in Scandinavia, and it's the first show to be carried in America exclusively on Netflix. He also talked a bit about the new album from Bruce Springsteen.

Q: Bruce's new album, "Wrecking Ball," is coming out soon; I know it's more of a solo effort than a E Street Band production, but have you heard it? What can you tell me about it?

I'm going to let him talk about it but, basically, I will tell you this: I love the album. I just absolutely love it, I think you're going to love it and I think everybody else is too. The fact that a guy at his level of success, at his age, is still making records this vital and this relevant and this good, makes me just doubly proud to be his friend. I would love him anyway as a friend if he wasn't doing anything, but it really make me particularly proud to know him, that he would be this engaged, doing something this wonderful at this stage in the game.

Q: I know you've done a lot of political music, including 1985's anti-apartheid song "Sun City"; do you plan on doing that again?

Not really, no. I haven't really planned on doing any more solo records, and if I did, I don't know if they would be political. First of all, nothing's changed since the records I made. Everything I said in the 80s is just as true now. I was deep into it -- worldwide liberation politics as well as domestic -- but by the end of the 80s I had decided it all comes down to one single issue: campaign-finance elimination. And nothing has changed in that regard. It's a shame.

Q: This campaign certainly seems to prove your point.

I made the point today that Gingrich should be the nominee, because he's the best performer. That's what it's all about, it's just show business. Who are we kidding with these issues? Nobody cares about these issues.

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