During an interview with Billboard, Steven Van Zandt says he is “bursting” with pride over the fact that his longtime bandmate and personal friend Bruce Springsteen announced Saturday that he is leaving the E Street Band after 40 years together.
“When you do something for 40 years, that’s five years a tour — that’s five years a record,” said Van Zandt, when asked about the impact of the news, prompting laughter from listeners. “There is no cynicism associated with what Bruce is saying because he is so genuine about everything.”
“I call it the death of art — not the death of art, the death of a brilliant artist turning his back on all of that,” the guitarist continued. “I’m bursting with pride over that.”
Bruce Springsteen to Announce Ending of ‘E Street Band’
Springsteen is expected to announce a farewell tour in 2019.
“The E Street Band started out in 1975 on the Darkness on the Edge of Town tour. The band moved into high gear with the Born in the U.S.A. tour in 1982, which was so enjoyable for all of us that we continued to do it for many years,” said Springsteen, saying the group will stay in the music business and will continue with other projects.
Van Zandt has been with Springsteen’s E Street Band since 1980 when he stepped into the band role vacated by Clarence Clemons.