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Steel Mill was one of Bruce Springsteen's early bands and performed regularly on the Jersey Shore, in Virginia, and also in California from 1969 till January 1971. “Springsteen” redirects here. ... The Jersey Shore is a term used in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States to refer to the Atlantic Ocean-facing coast of New Jersey, together with the adjacent resort and residential communities. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


In 1969 Springsteen jammed regularly at a small Asbury Park, New Jersey club named The Upstage, and there he was noted and immediately contacted by three other regulars of the place, organist Danny Federici, drummer Vini Lopez and bassist Vini Roslyn, in order to form a band, which was called Child. From 1969 through 1971, Springsteen performed around New Jersey with Child, later renamed Steel Mill after Bruce heard that there was already another band named Child performing on the Jersey Shore.They went on to play at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and also performed regularly at small clubs in Asbury Park and along the Jersey shore, quickly gathering a cult following. Steel Mill also tried their luck heading out to California in late December of 1969, and in January of the following year they played an unforgettable multiple night stand at The Matrix, a San Francisco club founded by Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane. But most of all the California trip was marked by the invitation to audition at Bill Graham's Fillmore West. Map of Asbury Park in Monmouth County, NJ, along the Atlantic Ocean (also see: full-state map). ... Danny Federici (born January 23, 1950) is an American musician, most known as the longtime organ and keyboard player for Bruce Springsteens E Street Band. ... Vini Mad Dog Lopez is an American drummer, best known as the original drummer for Bruce Springsteens E Street Band. ... Virginia Commonwealth University, or VCU, is a large public American research university with its main campuses located in downtown Richmond, Virginia. ... Nickname: Motto: Sic dic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... The Matrix was a club in San Francisco in the late 1960s. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Marty Balin (born Martyn Jerel Buchwald, January 30, 1942, in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American musician. ... Jefferson Airplane is an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ... Bill Graham (January 8, 1931–October 25, 1991) was a very well-known American rock concert promoter, who was prominent from the 1960s until his death. ... The Fillmore, also known as Fillmore Auditorium, is a legendary music venue in San Francisco, California. ...


The audition resulted in the recording of at least three band originals: "Guilty", "The Train Song" and "Going back to Georgia". The event represents the first true professional studio recording in Springsteen career and was followed by a recording contract offer by Graham. The offer was eventually turned down because the advance money was judged too small. When Steel Mill returned home the band was joined by Springsteen long time friend Steven Van Zandt, who replaced Roslyn on bass, and later by vocalist Robbin Thompson. Steel Mill disbanded at the end of January, 1971. Steven Van Zandt (born November 22, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey, who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve. ...


Federici, Lopez, and Van Zandt would go onto become members of Springsteen's longtime backing group The E Street Band. The very name Steel Mill would presage Springsteen's late 1970s interest in working class Americana, as exemplified by later songs such as "Factory" and "The River" and so on. Bruce Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer and songwriter, nicknamed The Boss. He frequently recorded with The E-Street Band. ... The term working class is used to denote a social class. ... A diner, a style of restaurant that notably began in the United States. ...


 
 

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