With our beloved E Streeters on their way to Australia, we here in the U.S. are feeling a little left behind. Not only is the airfare too expensive for most of us to do more than daydream about being there, but thanks to the magic of time zones, those of us with day jobs probably can’t even plan on watching the setlists unfold in real time. So what’s a fan to do?
Well, it’s been said (by me, five minutes ago) that a tweet is the shortest distance between two points. And increasingly, Twitter has become a great way to get quick updates and photos straight from the horse’s mouth — wait, horses don’t tweet, they neigh… metaphor fail! Anyway, several of the E Street Band members are on Twitter now, and here’s the official Blogness guide to who’s who. As far as we know, with one exception, these are actually the people they purport to be, not fake or parody accounts. And they’re worth following.
Core band members:
Bruce Springsteen – @springsteen This is the one exception; don’t expect any Bruce-composed tweets here, but it is the Twitter account of brucespringsteen.net and any information coming from it can be considered to be official.
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) February 13, 2013
Of course, there’s also Bruce Spingsteen (@boss1949), who says he isn’t actually a famous rock star … hmmm. He’s been quiet lately, but maybe he’ll get the urge to Tweet while Down Under.
Stevie Van Zandt – @StevieVanZandt For a good stretch of last year’s tour SVZ gave us some fun pre- and post-show shout-outs, but he hasn’t tweeted since December; we think maybe his tweeter got frostbite out there in Norway where he’s busy filming season 2 of “Lilyhammer.” We know tweeter frostbite can be painful and we hope he recovers soon. Meanwhile, you can follow his wife Maureen (@MVZaGoGo), who tweets actively about many things including music, theater, and life in NYC.
For all you nightowls: Mean Streets on HBO now. Brilliant. One of Stevie’s faves.
— Maureen Van Zandt (@MVZaGoGo) March 10, 2013
Nils Lofgren – @nilslofgren Nils has gotten much more active on Twitter recently and we hope this trend continues! He’s shared some pretty adorable photos of the family dogs along with other updates, and we’re hoping for some cool tidbits from Australia. You can also follow his wife Amy (@azsweetheart013) for more adorable dog photos and the occasional “throwback” photo of Nils (she once tweeted a shot of him at 2 years old with his dad).
Outlaw Pete and Groucho. twitter.com/nilslofgren/st…
— Nils Lofgren (@nilslofgren) March 6, 2013
Additional touring personnel:
“The TransPacific airway is alive tonight/Where it’s headed everybody knows…”
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) March 9, 2013
Lef Carroll – @Lef_iv “Freelance Rigger, Video Utility, and Teleprompter Op,” this crew member posts some cool behind-the-scenes photos; last year he posted pre-show audience shots from the stage of each venue
Former band members and touring personnel:
Clarence Clemons – @clarenceclemons His official Twitter account, which came startlingly back to life when someone tweeted from it (“on behalf of the Big Man”) during the MusiCares gala. Some followers felt this was a nice remembrance and some felt it was creepy.
I’ve compiled all of these into a Twitter list which you can follow here: http://twitter.com/annehaines/e-tweet-band And while you’re at it, don’t forget to follow @blogness for all the Springsteen and E Street news that’s fit to tweet!