Garry Tallent and Max Weinberg: A Tale of Two Sidemen

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When Bruce Springsteen is not touring, members of his backing group the E Street Band are often involved with their own music related projects. In an effort to keep readers apprised of two of the members’ recent non-Springsteen summer activities, the following information is offered without comment.

Garry Tallent, bassist for the E Street Band, is touring the U.S. backed by a six-piece ensemble. When playing Milwaukee earlier this year, the ticket price for the concert was $20. There were no additional service fees of any kind. After the show, Tallent unhurriedly sat and talked to whomever wanted to speak with him. He signed all of the albums and other memorabilia that audience members brought with them. There was no additional charge for this interaction.

E Street drummer Max Weinberg is also on tour, accompanied by a three piece group. Weinberg will soon play a date in Milwaukee. The ticket price is $45; this does not include the convenience or handling fees. To speak with Weinberg, a special meet and greet has been arranged. The cost for this encounter is $115, not including convenience or handling fees. The meet and greet participant receives a drum head signed by Weinberg.

I greatly enjoyed Garry Tallent’s set and being able to talk with him briefly after the show. He was happy to sign a set list of the concert for me. I will not be attending the performance by Max Weinberg.

Tom Wilmeth is the author of ‘Sound Bites: A Lifetime of Listening,’ which has earned raves from the likes of Gary Burton and Hal Holbrook. It’s available now from Muleshoe Press via Amazon.

Tom Wilmeth

Tom Wilmeth

Tom Wilmeth, an English faculty member at Concordia University-Wisconsin since 1991, has given presentations and published widely on the topics of literature and music. Author of 'Sound Bites: A Lifetime of Listening,' he earned a Ph.D. at Texas A&M in College Station. Contact Something Else! at
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  • Blue

    that’s a real shame

  • Creaulx

    His years on TV have clearly gone to his head.