"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."
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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.