- 18 Jun 18
As he gets ready to roll into Dublin with 14 of his Disciples, Steve Van Zandt talks New Jersey legends, Sopranos prequels, abortion rights, how to combat the US’ school shooting epidemic, and sweet soul music with the equally devoted Stuart Clark.
It’s 11am local time on a sun splitting the rocks Wednesday morning and Steve Van Zandt is saying ‘goodbye’ to Mobile, Alabama and getting ready to hit up another of the Deep South’s legendary music cities, New Orleans. With 14 Disciples of Soul in tow, it must be a pretty big tour bus.
“It’s so big we put wings on it and made it into a plane,” laughs Steve throatily. “I have to say it’s one hell of a band I’ve got at the moment. Eddie Manion and Stan Harrison go back to the earliest days of Southside Johnny. The others are basically the best session people in New York. I don’t know where to begin… we’ll start with Ron Tooley who played trumpet on ‘I Got You’, ‘It’s A Man’s World’ and half a dozen other James Brown records. Andy Burden on keyboards was with Cyndi Lauper for years: Jack Daly the same with Lenny Kravitz. Lowell ‘Banana’ Levinger is from The Young Bloods. They’re my favourite group from the ‘60s. He was the guy who made the electric piano cool for my generation. And that really is just for starters…”
Having caught Steve and the Disciples the last time they were in Dublin, I can report that rarely has anything on 30-legs made such a joyous noise steeped not only in soul, but also in gospel, doo-wop, R’n’B, punk, garage of the ‘60s Californian variety and the full throttle rock ‘n’ roll he also gets to play with the E Street Band. Talking of which, did he get to see Bruce on Broadway?