Best Jam: The E Street Band
The E Street Band have played in countless configurations over the years, but the Hall of Fame induction marked the first time that all members past and present came together for one super jam. That meant the unprecedented move of Springsteen playing with two drummers: Max Weinberg and his predecessor Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez. For E Street aficionados, it was fascinating to watch their two approaches side-by-side. Max is a master of power and control, whereas Vini's unrestrained approach was a key ingredient in the magic sound of Springsteen's first two records. Somehow, they merged together quite nicely. It also marked the first time that David Sancious — the keyboardist that actually lived on E Street — sat in with the band in decades. He recreated some of his parts on "E Street Shuffle" and "Kitty's Back," sounding absolutely amazing. The latter song was the perfect showcase for the talents of each member of the band. When they all bowed at the end, Bruce wisely stepped back and let his group have the spotlight for once.