The E Street Band

  • Year:
  • Inducted by:
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Category:
    Musical Excellence


Known for backing Bruce Springsteen in his storied performances, the E Street Band is a gang of musicians bursting with skill, soul and endurance.

The band’s abiding relationship gives them a trust, chemistry and improvisational skill that have thrilled audiences for more than forty years.


Hall of Fame Essay


Dave Marsh

The E Street band has lasted more than forty years with an independent and highly individualized identity. The most essential albums of Bruce Springsteen’s career - Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, Born in the USA., The Rising - are built around the group. Yet only four albums and an EP, all live except an anthology, bear the group’s name on the spine.

You could say that the ESB is the greatest instrument Springsteen plays. He recently said almost exactly that: “I write to live up to the band’s abilities and power onstage. That’s something that’s particularly significant. Even if these days, sometimes the guys are on the records, sometimes it’s someone else.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2014
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Real bands are made primarily from the neighborhood.
Bruce Springsteen



2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees E Street Band Vini Lopez Briefcase
2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees E Street Band Tour Lanyards



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