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Little Steven Talks New TV Series, E Street Band’s Post-Clemons Plans During "The View" Visit

Image courtesy of NBC Photo/Heidi Gutman (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of NBC Photo/Heidi Gutman (via ABC News Radio)

E Street Band guitarist and Sopranos star Steven Van Zandt paid a visit to ABC's The View on Thursday and chatted with the ladies about a variety of topics, including plans for Bruce Springsteen 's upcoming tour in support of his Wrecking Ball album.  Asked if The Boss had decided if he'll be bringing someone in to replace late E Street saxophonist Clarence Clemons , Little Steven said, "Well, obviously, you can't replace him, you know. He's just irreplaceable."

Van Zandt added, "We just started rehearsals this week but we're gonna actually talk about all that stuff now and decide what to do."

Actually, a major hint about how Springsteen will be dealing with the void left by Clemons' death was revealed earlier this week by fellow New Jersey rocker Southside Johnny Lyon in an interview he did with TheRecord.com .  Lyon told the paper, "He's stealing my saxophone players to replace Clarence."

Back to Van Zandt's View appearance, the musician/actor also dished about his new TV series, Lilyhammer , which will be the first original show to premiere on Netflix.com.  All eight episodes of the program's first season will be available to subscribers on demand starting this Monday.

On the immediate availability of the episodes, Van Zandt commented, "I said to [Netflix executive] Ted [ Sarandos ], 'Now, let me get this straight, I work for a year and a half, okay, and it all goes out there in one day?'  You know, it's like, 'Can't we spread it out a little bit?'"

Lilyhammer stars Little Steven as a mobster who begins a new life in Norway after entering a federal witness protection program.  Van Zandt described the show as "a dramedy," noting that "the humor comes from the circumstance and the personalities."

In addition, Van Zandt discussed the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation , an education program he helped create that seeks to introduce classes focusing on the history of rock music into schools.

Explaining the concept of the initiative, Little Steven said, "We have to deal with this absurd epidemic of the drop-out rate right now, [which] is out of control...So, we felt that if kids like one class or one teacher, they'll come to school…So, we want to be that class."

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