- 22 Aug 17
You finally have a decent chunk of time off after a year of pretty much non-stop gigging with Bruce Springsteen who considers himself to be a lazy ass son of a what have you if the sets you and him are playing clock in at under three hours. Do you: A). Jet off to the Bahamas with the family for some quality R&R? B). Flop onto the couch with a six-pack and the remote and refuse to budge until you’ve caught up with all those Netflix and Amazon Prime box-sets? Or C). Immediately go into the studio to record your debut solo album?
“The other options were tempting, but having a decades-long itch that really needed scratching, I went for C). which has brought me back to the scene of so many amazing Bruce gigs,” smiles the E Street Band-er of 35 years standing, Garry Tallent, as he gazes out over the Liffey. “I’ve been threatening to make my own album for a long time – I’ve been stockpiling songs since the ‘80s! – but was put off by the, ‘Here’s $200,000, go make a top 10 hit’, nature of the record business before it stopped being a business.
“Whilst I fully appreciate how tough it is for artists starting out, I find not having to worry about money – because there isn’t any! – liberating. With there being zero commercial considerations, the focus was 100% on the music, which, thanks to iTunes, you don’t even have to press up anymore.”