Best Dive Into Band History: Bruce Springsteen's Speech for the E Street Band
Bruce Springsteen has given some of the greatest induction speeches in the history of the Hall of Fame, so it was no big surprise that he delivered in a big way when it came time to honor his own band. What was surprising was how honest he got after explaining the crucial contributions of each member. "We struggled together," he said. "And sometimes we struggled with one another. We bathed in the glory and often the heartbreaking confusion of our wars together." He even revealed that Steve Van Zandt was extremely unhappy back in 1999 when Springsteen refused to challenge the Hall of Fame's decision to induct him as a solo artist. "We were somewhat estranged," he said. "Perhaps the shadow of some of the old grudges still held some sway." It was a very rare peek behind the curtain of the E Street Band, and one of the most engaging moments of the evening.