Sparks Fly For Little Steven

E Street Band guitarist is taking his Disciples of Soul back on the road

By Gary Graff
August 8, 2017

Steven Van Zandt will be taking his Disciples of Soul on the road this fall to support his new album, Soulfire. The longtime E Street Band guitarist kicks things off at the Laid Back Festival on Sept. 21 in Holmdel, New Jersey, and has 18 dates booked through Oct. 26 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Soulfire is Van Zandt’s first new album in nearly 20 years and resurrects the band he started in 1982, a couple of years before he left the E Street Band to focus on his own projects — including the anti-Apartheid protest single “Sun City” in 1985 and acting gigs in The Sopranos, Lilyhammer and Hotel Caesar.

Van Zandt is also planning a European tour after the North American leg ends. The guitarist tells us that he’s just starting to get back into the swing of leading his own band again after a busy 25-plus years of touring with Bruce Springsteen and company again.

“It was a little bit of a shock to front the band again; it’s a very different job, man,” he says. “It’s gonna take awhile, gonna take me a couple of tours to get back into being a frontman. But I’m determined to do that.”

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Van Zandt’s tour itinerary includes:

21 – Holmdel, NJ – Laid Back Festival #
23 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol
25 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater *
27 – Staten Island, NY – St. George Theater
29 – Boston, MA – The Orpheum

1 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
2 – Baltimore, MD – The Lyric
4 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
6 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live
8 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
9 – Toronto, ON -Danforth Music Hall
13 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
15 – Seattle WA – Showbox SODO *
18 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys
19 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
22 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory *
24 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center
26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live *

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