Has another entire week passed? Wow, that went really, really, really…slowly. But Tuesday has finally come again, and that can only mean one thing.
I toyed with going Britney Spears versus Kevin Federline. But I decided we would all rather jump the shark than jump either of them. Pity the kids, regardless with whom they are ultimately saddled.
Same rules as always. Two choices. Pick one. You must pick one. Otherwise, I will follow you via your IP address, find your email address and start sending you nasty – but rather amusing in a sick mo-fo way – missives.
I digressed. Forgive me. No, don’t forgive me.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s latest comes out today. They start touring in the coming weeks.
Jump One is “Miami Steve” Van Zandt, a hell of a guitarist, back-up singer and mobster to-boot. Okay, yeah, before anyone sues me for libel, let me quickly point out that his mob status is only in the world of HBO’s The Sopranos. The dude isn’t a made man. [As far as I know.] He and Springsteen split ways in ’84, which led to Jump Two Lofgren stepping in. Like with Lofgren, since 1999, Miami Steve (AKA Little Steven) has been back with E Street whenever Springsteen puts the band together again. More info at Miami Steve’s own site or wikipedia.
Jump Two is Nils Lofgren, former Neil Young band mate, solo artist in his own right, and the E Street Band replacement for our Jump One Van Zandt in 1984. He played guitar and did vocals for Springsteen’s hugely commercial success Born in the U.S.A. tour, and he stuck around – or Springsteen stuck with him – for Tunnel of Love in ’88. When Springsteen called the band back together 10 years later, it included both Van Zandt and Lofgren. Check out Lofgren’s own site or wikipedia.
So, who are you going for? Jump One?
Or do you pine for Jump Two?
I’m going with Van Zandt, and not for any of his accomplishments as an actor (since I’ve never seen The Sopranos) and definitely not for his looks, but for the ability he and Bruce have to transport me back, back, back in time when they two of them are goofin’ on stage. I love his stage presence. I love his over exaggeration.
How about you?
[Van Zandt photo courtesy smh.com.au; Lofgren photo courtesy steelguitar.com.]