Bruce Springsteen will make his Howard Stern Show debut
The boss talks to the king of all media.
Freehold rock ‘n’ roll star Bruce Springsteen will appear on Sirius XM’s “Howard Stern Show” on an undisclosed date in October.
This will be Springsteen’s first appearance on the show.
“I thought this would never happen,” Stern co-host Robin Quivers said on the Monday, Oct. 17, show.
“No, it’s happening and I’m so excited about it,” Stern said. “He’s gonna bring his guitar. We’re gonna sit down, we’re gonna talk. It’s gonna be really fun.
Stern, a Long Island native who has been on terrestrial and satellite radio since the ’70s, has been yearning for an interview with Springsteen for decades.
“I hadn’t told anyone,” Stern said Monday. “I was talking to my brothers-in-law – they’re two of Springsteen’s biggest fans. One of my brothers-in-law pulled a tree out of the ground and was running down the street.
Stern has met Springsteen at least once — backstage in March 2018 at the Walter Kerr Theater where the Boss was performing “Springsteen on Broadway.”
“When I met him backstage, I told him how much I loved the show but I got a bit tongue tied,” Stern said on his show. “I was so moved by the show that I didn’t know what to say and there was a whole room full of people. It wasn’t like I was alone with the guy.
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Stern called Springsteen a dream guest in a 2019 Rolling Stone interview.
“I suspect some of the things I said about him on the air in my early years put him off doing the show,” Stern said. “I don’t go out and solicit, I just sat patiently waiting for Bruce like a rejected lover. I sat there waiting night after night.
Although Stern has never interviewed Springsteen, he has had a close relationship with fellow Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi of Sayreville over the years. Stern was an early supporter of the band, and radio host, Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora sang together for Leslie West when he performed “Mississippi Queen” at the old Club Bene in Sayreville in 1988.
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Stern, who has interviewed Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne and more, later inducted Bon Jovi into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
Springsteen is set to release an album of soulful covers titled “Only the Strong Survive,” and he’s touring with the E Street Band in 2023.
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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers music and entertainment for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]