Little Steven plans garage rock festival

Feb. 13, 2004 at 2:18 PM
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CLEVELAND, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Guitarist and television star Little Steven Van Zandt is planning a three-day garage rock festival, reported Friday.

In addition to co-starring in the HBO mob drama "The Sopranos," Van Zandt plays guitar for Bruce Springsteen's E Street band, hosts the syndicated "Little Steven Underground Radio Show" and promotes garage rock bands in his free time.

"It has taken a little longer than I would have liked, but we're trying to put together a circuit of clubs around the country that all of our bands can plug into and play," he said. "We would have 'Underground Garage' nights in each club ... where every week we would just put another two bands on the road."

Van Zandt said he will soon announce the details for a three-day garage rock festival, featuring about 70 bands.

The inaugural club date for the "Little Steven Underground Radio Show" tour, featuring the Romantics, the Chesterfield Kings, the Reigning Sound, the Fondas and Cobra Verde, will be Feb. 21 at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom with Van Zandt as master of ceremonies.

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