little steven van zandt

You might know Little Steven as a member of the E Street Band…or as Silvio on The Sopranos…or as the host of Little Steven’s Underground Garage. He’s an actor, producer, musician, activist…you get the idea – Little Steven’s a busy guy.

Growing up in New Jersey, he was inspired by The Beatles, Stones And other British Invasion bands, forming his first group at 14.  He started wearing his signature bandanas as a teenager, after a car crash left him with scars on his head. He met Bruce Springsteen at a New Jersey club where he was performing and they performed together in the pre-E Street Band years. In 1973, Steven toured with The Dovells. When the tour ended in Miami, he added Hawaiian shirts to his look because he wasn’t a fan of winter and earned the nickname Miami Steve. He co-founded Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes, writing and producing much of their material before joining The E Street Band. Over the years, he has performed solo and with groups, acted, and started Renegade Nation, a music and entertainment company. He also co-wrote the anti-apartheid anthem, Sun City, and organized Artists United Against Apartheid.  We managed to Interrupt his busy schedule and talk to him at The Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida.