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If I can do that, I think I’m doing my job.” Van Zandt wasn’t planning on making a comeback.
“So I picked the songs that I wrote for other people that meant the most to me,” he says. “It’s a big sound, let me tell you,” he says, and laughs.
“Every one of my albums before has been very conceptual, very thematic.
Going into this record, I said I’m going to make the concept of this record me.
That’s when Bruce started calling me Miami Steve, and I formed Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.” Along with joining Springsteen’s E Street Band in 1975 (and arranging the horns on “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out”), Van Zandt produced and largely wrote Southside’s first three (and best) albums of “Miami Horn”-fired blue-eyed R&B, starting with 1976’s (1987).
He organized the Artists United Against Apartheid all-star group, with the 1984 protest “Sun City.” “Everyone thought Ronald Reagan was God, and I didn’t. It seems so obvious what’s going on, that it’s redundant to even talk about it, honestly.” He intends to use his music to create a refuge.