“San Diego is starving for Bruce,” says KPRI co-owner and show host Robert Hughes. “Bruce and the E Street band last played San Diego 28 years ago. No matter what we do, they just won’t come here. So we decided it’s time to act.”
Hughes and a group of fellow musicians formed Thunder Road, a Springsteen tribute, in the fall of 2008 and after some grueling session work, the band debuted on February 28, 2009 at Anthology in San Diego’s Little Italy. The eight man line up of Thunder Road closely emulates the core sound of the legendary E Street Band. According to Hughes: “We play a selection of Bruce’s best songs from the richest period of his music, plus some of his newer material. This music needs to be heard live. If Bruce won’t come here and play his stuff - we will.”
The project is the brainchild of Barry Rosenbaum, keyboard player and lifetime Springsteen fan. According to Rosenbaum: “Robert and I met years ago and started playing these songs for our own entertainment. We quickly realized that Bruce was the best show in rock & roll and a worthy role model. We’re not Bruce, of course, but we intend to do justice to these songs.” The band draws from a deep catalog of Boss tunes ranging from his early E Street days (Tenth Avenue Freezeout, Born to Run, Spirit in the Night) to his radio days in the 80's (Dancin' in the Dark, Cover Me, Fire) to some of his more current material (The Rising, Girls in Their Summer Clothes) to some of his show-closing covers (Quarter to Three, Devil With a Blue Dress medley). From stripped down rock tunes (Pink Cadillac) to the orchestral (Jungleland), Thunder Road has something for every Bruce fan, from the casual to the fanatic.
The Thunder Road line up features Josh Tanner as The Boss. Josh is a Jersey boy, born and bred. His look, his moves and his vocals will have you doing a double take and wondering if you haven't been transported by time machine to a mid-70's Springsteen concert. "I have a hard time believing it myself - if I close my eyes, I feel like I'm ACTUALLY playing behind Bruce," says keyboard player Andy Shorenstein.
In addition to Josh on vocals, Thunder Road is Jim Mason, sax; Andy Shorenstein, organ & keys; Robert Hughes, guitar; Scott McDowell, drums; Gerry Schneeweis, bass; John Farmer, lead guitar; and Barry Rosenbaum, piano & keys.
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