"Authenticity worked for Bruce. It worked for David Chase," Van Zandt told the crowd. "Embrace your Jersey roots and authenticity. It doesn't matter where you're from. You're in the Jersey family now."
"It's a timeless place where you can come, and for the younger generations that feel like they missed the rock 'n' roll era when it first came along, we make sure that they get the experience," said Van Zandt, who plays guitar with Springsteen and portrayed mobster Silvio Dante on the HBO mob series.