"He was a very important friend," Van Zandt said. "When you are a freak by yourself it's one thing. But if there's someone else, you don't feel as freaky. It's a big deal to have someone feel the same way you do."
Van Zandt said in an interview that he thought it would be instructive to fans to talk in depth about Springsteen's formative years musically, a topic that doesn't come up much in serious interviews.