Albert King

Little Steven, sans Bruce Springsteen, returns. 'I feel a little guilty and stupid...'

Little Steven, sans Bruce Springsteen, returns. 'I feel a little guilty and stupid...'

As a longtime member of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Little Steven has performed in packed stadiums and arenas on some of the biggest and most lucrative tours in rock history.

But on his first trek as a band leader in nearly 20 years — Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul’s Soulfire Tour 2017 — the man born Steven Van Zandt is playing intimate venues like San Diego’s 1,450-capacity Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. Moreover, the recently launched tour with his brassy, 15-piece band sounds anything but lucrative for Van Zandt.

“I’m basically losing $15,000 a show — if it’s sold out. It’s very expensive,” said the veteran musician, who played the role of Silvio...

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