From the heart of the Jersey shore, “Backstreets,” later the “BStreet Band,” was the first band in the world to do a unique tribute to a live performer. With former Bruce Springsteen E-Street Band drummer, Vini Lopez.
Nearly 5,500 performances and 34 years later, the B-Street Band is still the hardest working tribute band on the circuit, with almost 200 shows per year throughout the country.
Notable performances include opening for Bruce outside at the Philadelphia Spectrum for the final 4 shows of the historic arena. Additionally, The B-Street Band performed before Bruce shows at Wachovia, MetLife Stadium, Prudential Center, and the newly constructed Comcast Xfinity Center at Citizens Bank Park
The B-Street Band’s unprecedented legacy continued as they represented NJ at both inaugurations for President Obama in 2009 and NJ Governor Chris Christie in 2010. The B-Street Band was the first to ever perform live on TV’s Fox Business News Channel, broadcast coast to coast. Check out a video of that performance!
The Philadelphia Eagles knew a good thing when they saw it and asked the B-Street Band to perform at all of their home games in 2013. The band also demonstrated their talents at several events for the NJ Devils including a performance at the Stanley Cup playoffs in front of a sold-out crowd of 16,000 fans.
Manager Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays is not only a fan of the band but is a childhood friend of keyboardist Will Forte and first introduced Springsteen’s music to the band founder in 1972. The band has performed at several spring training games for the Rays over years along with private parties.
Jon Stewart of the Daily Show has enjoyed numerous performances over the years and has admitted to Bruce and in an article to Rolling Stone Magazine that the only band he has seen more than the Boss is the B-Street Band!