Steven Van Zandt tried reliving Beatlemania!
There is no band in rock ‘n’ roll history that has had a bigger impact than The Beatles. And Steven Van Zandt was not immune from their impact either. His life changed after he saw them perform live in 1964 on The Ed Sullivan Show. Van Zandt was one of the millions of teens who vowed to devote their lives to music.
Steven Van Zandt loved reliving Beatlemania
Just like Bruce Springsteen and everyone in the E Street band, Steven Van Zandt never really recovered from Beatlemania. Therefore, in 2017, The Sopranos star decided to go on a solo tour to Liverpool along with Disciples of Soul to promote his new LP. And appropriately enough, he decided to play at the Cavern Club, the place where the fab four first shot to fame in the city. While talking to the Boston Herald, Van Zandt said:
I thought, just for fun, let’s do a lunchtime set at the Cavern Club before we played Liverpool that night. So we called them and they were very surprised about the whole thing … but they got a kick out of the idea so we did it.
Performing live with Paul McCartney
Over at the Cavern, Van Zandt and 15 others covered many major songs by The Beatles from every era. That included songs from Magical Mystery Tour to Got to Get You Into My Life. Furthermore, they also sang some old hits by The Beatles that they used to sing at the Cavern Club. And it all culminated in a live performance with Sir Paul McCartney on stage with Steven Van Zandt at The Roundhouse in London. The two of them sang McCartney’s iconic I Saw Her Standing There. That performance was one of the best moments Van Zandt had enjoyed throughout his career, as he said:
He had come on stage with the E Street Band in Hyde Park and Paul invited Bruce and I to sit in with him at Madison Square Garden, and that was obviously fun. But Paul coming on my stage, endorsing my music with my band, was really quite unexpected and quite thrilling. To get endorsed by the guy who caused you to be in the business, well, it was remarkable for me.
Van Zandt is looking forward to getting back on the road again
Recently, Steven Van Zandt has also had a lot of time to put more effort into his music. In the past four years, with Springsteen doing his Broadway show, Van Zandt has managed to record two LPs, a box set, a live album, and toured the United States as well as Europe. But, now that Springsteen is thinking of teaming up with fellow members of the E Street band for the new album Letter To You, he’s thinking of going on a tour again. All he has to do is wait for COVID-19 to subside. Van Zandt said:
People are not going to be completely (safe from COVID-19) until the fall so I would expect we would do something in 2022. But the record will still be new. Whenever you tour something for the first time, it’s new. But I agreed with Bruce that we shouldn’t wait to put it out. We all felt, let’s get it out. People need to have a little fun. We were all very proud of this album and anxious to share it.
Here’s his live performance with Paul McCartney: