The E Street Band

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Musical Excellence

Inducted in: 2014

Inducted by: Bruce Springsteen

Inducted Members: Garry Tallent, Roy Bittan, Steven Van Zandt, Patti Scialfa, Nils Lofgren, Max Weinberg, Danny Federici, Clarence Clemons, David Sancious, Vini Lopez

The E Street Band @ Wikipedia


57 comments so far (post your own)

It is a joke that they did not inducted with Bruce Springsteeen!

Posted by Gassman on Wednesday, 08.15.07 @ 22:30pm

they are great musicians but Springsteen just hogs the spotlight

Posted by danny on Saturday, 09.22.07 @ 08:19am

they should be or should've been inducted with bruce springsteen. he's the voice but they're the band; the music behind the voice.

Posted by amber on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 15:51pm

The E Street band are just as important to Bruce's success. That is why he still plays with them. They definitly deserved to get in when he got in.

Posted by radiomerk on Tuesday, 04.22.08 @ 12:37pm

I don't get the committee's reasoning. They put Smokey Robinson in without the Miracles, they put Springsteen in without the E Street Band, but they put The Heartbreakers in with Tom Petty and The Comets in with Bill Haley.

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 11:13am

And Buddy Holly without the Crickets, Bob Marley without The Wailers, Frank Zappa without the Mothers of Invention, Dion without the Belmonts... That doesn't seem right.

Posted by The_Claw on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 12:05pm

They should have been inducted with Springsteen. Now, though: now there's no point. It's useless to induct the E Street Band as its own entity.

Posted by chrisyew on Sunday, 10.19.08 @ 08:33am

How come the E Street Band wasn't inducted? Little Steven's in it and he's on the committee!!

Posted by Budster on Sunday, 11.23.08 @ 13:55pm

I'm also on "The Committee"

Posted by Joker on Sunday, 11.23.08 @ 13:56pm

Loved me some halftime show! W00t!!

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 02.1.09 @ 18:30pm

At the very LEASt, the E Street BAnd should get inducted in the "sidemen" category....

Posted by Dan Whitney on Monday, 05.4.09 @ 21:09pm

At the very LEASt, the E Street BAnd should get inducted in the "sidemen" category....

Posted by Dan Whitney on Monday, 05.4.09 @ 21:09pm

I was kinda thinking Bruce was the sideman or just part of the band ...

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 05.4.09 @ 22:22pm

I agree - put the E. Street Band in and let's throw Bruce out.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 05.5.09 @ 03:39am

to whom it may concern,

do the right thing now and get the e strret band in the hall. it is one of the great travesties of music, and makes the whole process a sham. they are the greatest american band ever in my mind, and even if they are not your number one band, they are without question in anybodies top 2 or 3 ever.

Sadly, Danny will not be around to enjoy the moment, so right all the wrongs and get this band in where they deserve to be, before anyone else is lost and cannot truly enjoy the moment.

Posted by bob on Thursday, 05.14.09 @ 09:24am

Sorry Bob - but they don't even make my top 50. However, if Bruce was inducted, then the E-Street Band should have been inducted with him. And for that point, I don't think anyone will argue. However, it appears that Brucie did not want that (This is speculation on the parts of some).

The Heartbreakers went in with Tom Petty (Admittedly a much better band than the E-Street Boys)

As a separate entity, the E-Street Band's only chance of entering now would be as sidemen since they have not done anything without Bruce and if they have, most people have not heard of it.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 05.14.09 @ 12:02pm





Posted by BOB on Friday, 05.15.09 @ 09:18am

Yeah it is. I was never all that impressed with them. They are good, but not spectacular. I always thought that Bruce was the most over-rated musician/performer. I do believe that the E-Street band should have been inducted when Bruce was inducted, but then I never thought Bruce should have been inducted. Bruce is as boring as they get on vinyl; although his live show is excellent.

Off the top of my head real fast:

Aerosmith, Beach Boys, Lovin Spoonful, CCR, Doors, Jimi Hendrix Experience, CSN, Allman Bros, L.S., Marshall Tucker Band, Motown groups, Alice In Chains, Soundgarded, Nirvana, Pearl Jam,T.P. and the Heartbreakers, etc.

I think you get my point.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 05.15.09 @ 22:35pm

Well, no it's not objective. If it's YOUR Top 50, it's subjective, not objective. lol. But yeah, we know what you mean. Don't know if I agree, but you're entitled to your opinion.

And yeah, the only chance they have now is as a Side-Man.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 05.15.09 @ 23:48pm

It is as objective as I can get Philip. Looking at the actually musicianship on the studio recordings and what they brought to the table or should I say what Bruce allowed them to bring to the table in the studio is what I base my response on. But I will give you that point. I do believe that they were a hell of a live band. If that is the question, I certainly bring them up higher on the list.

They should have been inducted with Bruce. They can only get in now as sidemen. At least this is IMO.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 05.16.09 @ 06:41am

They should have gone in with the Boss. I don't really see any hope for thier induction.

Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 07.24.09 @ 22:38pm

please street rock legends

Posted by rizky hutagalung on Sunday, 08.9.09 @ 12:42pm

I don't mean to get technical, but I think it's a rules thing. They're too well known to be "side men." But every studio album is released as just "Bruce Springsteen" as the credited act. "The E Street Band" didn't appear as part of the credited act until the 1986 release of "Live/1975-85" -- so, does that make them not eligible until 2011? (The words "E Street Band" didn't appear on ANY Bruce release until the liner notes of The River)

Posted by Steve on Wednesday, 09.2.09 @ 12:50pm

What about the single releases? I thought the E Street Band had been credited on all the 45 releases. I could be wrong though.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 09.2.09 @ 16:56pm

Now, you might have something there. "E Street Band" has always been on the tickets to the live shows. ESB gets put on anything live -- like the concert DVDs/albums, etc. What was the first B-side release of a live recording? "Santa Claus" wasn't B-sided until one the the "Born in the USA" 45s. That was still 1994, no? "Trapped" and "Jersey Girl" -- also both live recordings -- were also BitUSA B-sides.

Posted by Steve on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 11:36am

The reason the E Street Band wasn't inducted with Bruce is because they jumped at the chance to induct him at the first chance - twenty five years after his first record, which wasn't credited to the E Street Band. A lam technicality.

Now it's a problem because they aren't really a "band" except in their relation to Bruce. There are no E Street Band albums per se. Just another lame Rock Hall footnote.

When they do get around to inducting the band I bet they leave Boom Carter out.

Posted by booboooo on Friday, 10.30.09 @ 22:22pm

Many artists have been inducted individually and, separately, with the bands they led or were members of (such as Eric Clapton, individually and with Cream; Paul McCartney, and others). Bruce deserved his individual honor, but "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band" deserves to be honored, too. Bruce always (correctly) talks about what a great band they are - easily one of the greatest live acts ever. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are (and should be) in the Hall. So should Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Posted by B on Saturday, 10.31.09 @ 10:30am

they will be inducted 25 years after the release date of bruce springsteen and the e street band live 1975-1985...thts the only album theyre credited on...theyll probably be inducted as bruce springsteen and the e street band

Posted by Jesse on Tuesday, 12.15.09 @ 22:15pm

Late to this conversation, but the omission of the E Street Band has stuck in my craw since they inducted Bruce. At minimum they should be inducted as sidemen -- they are, after all, one of the tightest rock bands around, particularly in live shows, and one of the few who have essentially stayed together almost since Day One. I don't really care how they do it . . . I just know that these guys should be in the Hall right along with the Boss. They're as much a part of the Springsteen sound as he is . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 23:04pm

They would be eligible next year. The E Street Band has only received cover credit on Bruce's three live albums with them. I think they deserve a shot as well as the entire Funk Brothers entourage that backed up the Motown artists.

Posted by Chris on Wednesday, 08.11.10 @ 21:14pm


01. 2010 The Hollies
02. 2005 Frank Barsalona
03. 1997 The (Young) Rascals

Posted by Roy on Friday, 03.11.11 @ 06:58am

Hang on, it says they've been previously considered? Does this mean the Hall considered inducting them as a separate act from Bruce Springsteen? Or does it mean they were considered when they inducted Bruce Springsteen and didn't make the final cut?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 04.16.11 @ 12:26pm

Should of been inducted with Springsteen.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 04.16.11 @ 13:53pm

The albums were all under Bruce Springsteen's name only. The E Street band were sidemen. They should have been inducted the same year as Bruce, but not with Bruce. They are like The Silver Bullet Band and The Revolution, not like The Miracles and the Miami Sound Machine.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 04.16.11 @ 20:55pm


01. 1997 The (Young) Rascals
02. 2005 Frank Barsalona
03. 2010 The Hollies

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 05.1.11 @ 06:42am

And a 'get well soon' to 'the Big Man', Clarence Clemons who just suffered a massive stroke and has been described as 'seriously ill'.

Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 06.13.11 @ 18:00pm

RIP Clarence Clemons!

I am so sad right now =(

Posted by Gassman on Saturday, 06.18.11 @ 21:36pm

Not much of a Bruce fan, but RIP Clarence Clemons. Your saxaphone sounds will be sorely missed.

Posted by Jim on Saturday, 06.18.11 @ 22:38pm

RIP big guy. You're very much missed already.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 06.19.11 @ 06:44am

R.I.P. Clarence...the world of music just became a less happy place. I hope someone else comes along and realizes that the saxophone is a pretty cool rock and roll instrument...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.19.11 @ 09:27am

The E Street Band HOF topic becomes more painful with Clarence's passing (of course it became painful in 2008 when Danny passed away). It's unfortunate that Bruce didn't give his band the credit that maybe he feels now that they deserve. The studio work was always "Bruce Springsteen" but he gained fame among audiences as "Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band". If the band is elected in 2011, there will be 2 people missing onstage.

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 06.19.11 @ 10:50am

Bruce did give his band credit. When he was inducted in '99 he had his entire E Street Band join him onstage, and he thanked and exalted each member indivdually. Unfortunately, it was not up to him whether or not the band was included with him in his induction.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 06.19.11 @ 14:54pm

Worst news yet.

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 06.19.11 @ 18:38pm

goodbye Clarence you will be missed.

Posted by Brian on Sunday, 06.19.11 @ 18:38pm

It's an insult that they haven't been chosen already. Each one of them, past and present, deserves to be inducted into the hall of fame.

Posted by Matt on Monday, 02.20.12 @ 23:01pm

Thier is a shot now that the E street Band Will be inducted now that the alternate committee inducted many of the origianl inductees bands... bruce is great,b ut the E street Ban dwas as Great

Posted by Corey Rieman on Saturday, 02.25.12 @ 11:31am


01. 1997 The (Young) Rascals
02. 2005 Frank Barsalona
03. 2010 The Hollies
04. 2012 The Small Faces/The Faces

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.21.12 @ 23:09pm

The E Street Band

01. Clarence Clemons
02. Danny Federici
03. Vini Lopez
04. David Sancious
05. Garry Tallent
06. Ernest Carter
07. Roy Bittan
08. Suki Lahav
09. Max Weinberg
10. Steven Van Zandt
11. Nils Lofgren
12. Patti Scialfa

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 06.2.12 @ 22:23pm

Would Jon Landau induct himself with The E Street Band?

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 12.1.12 @ 22:00pm

So what can we do to get the ball rolling?

Posted by Larry on Thursday, 03.21.13 @ 14:52pm

I have followed Bruce since the early 70's and seen numerous shows and bought albums but I unequivicolly state that the E-Street band shows are what made him successful because the studio albums on itself would bring his luster down to 25% compared to what it is now and probably worth 10-20 million vs. 200 million dollars that he is supposedly worth. This is one of Bruce's faults either by ego or his self importance scale. The band should have been included with him. Otherwise they never will make it.

Posted by Aaron Matte on Wednesday, 04.24.13 @ 09:49am


The E Street Band

01. Clarence Clemons
02. Danny Federici
03. Vini Lopez
04. David Sancious
05. Garry Tallent
06. Roy Bittan
07. Max Weinberg
08. Steven Van Zandt
09. Nils Lofgren
10. Patti Scialfa

They will most likely join The Grateful Dead, Parliament-Funkadelic and Bill Haley and the Comets as the only inductees with 10 or more members inducted!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.17.13 @ 06:58am

I'm pretty sure Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt will make the Rock Hall induct every early member of the E Street Band. Jerry Garcia got what he wanted!

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 12.22.13 @ 17:32pm

Vini Lopez confirms that all 10 members of the E Street Band will be inducted.

Ten E Street musicians will be enshrined in the hall. Two are deceased: Organist Danny Federici, who died of melanoma in 2008, and saxophonist and onstage foil Clarence Clemons, whose 2011 passing due to complications of a stroke sent shock waves through Springsteen’s fan base. Two others are no longer with the E Street Band: David Sancious, who played piano on Springsteen’s first three albums before leaving for a varied career as a frontman and complementary musician, and Lopez will enter the hall alongside Springsteen’s current bandmates: bassist and band cornerstone Garry Tallent; pianist Roy Bittan, whose ringing octaves are an E Street signature; guitarist and utilityman Steven Van Zandt; singer Patti Scialfa; top-gun six-string slinger Nils Lofgren and drummer Max Weinberg, long the heartbeat of the group.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 12.26.13 @ 22:21pm


01. Parliament-Funkadelic (16 Members Inducted in 1997)
02. The Grateful Dead (12 Members Inducted in 1994)
03. Bill Haley And The Comets (11 Members Inducted in 1987/2012)
04. Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band (11 Members Inducted in 1999/2014)

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.25.14 @ 19:12pm

They should have been inducted with Bruce Springsteen. I hope this mistake will never be repeated.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 22:08pm

And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame still hasn't put up a picture of the E Street Band on their bio page for the band.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.12.15 @ 17:22pm

In between Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez and Max Weinberg, there was another drummer, Ernest "Boom" Carter who was around long enough to qualify as a Snubbed Member. He can be heard on "Born to Run."

Posted by Timothy Horrigan on Wednesday, 12.13.17 @ 22:03pm

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