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Singer-guitarist Tom Morello, serving a blistering homage to Van Zandt’s old anti-apartheid song, “Sun City,” told the crowd how it helped stoke his own activism as a student at Harvard University.
Some bad-boy appeal came when rocker Jesse Malin climbed onto a table of people dining near the stage, singing as he traipsed in sneakers amid stemware on the tablecloth.
Then another pride of Jersey, Southside Johnny, made it a trio for the nostalgic “It’s Been a Long Time.”
All the performers packed the stage for the aptly chosen finale, “I Don’t Want to Go Home.”
Besides working with Springsteen and E Street, and camping it up in mobster roles _ his most recent on the Netflix show “Lilyhammer” _ Van Zandt is a record and television producer, radio host, songwriter and arranger, and oversees two satellite channels.
The self-educated music historian is also chairman of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, which is developing curriculum for schools. Not bad for a guy who endured his own school days as a self-described “freak,” `’misfit” and “outcast.”
“That was particular to my generation,” he said. Now, being a musician is “acceptable. … But it wasn’t so respectable in the 60s.”
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