Play a little thought game with me.
I've been thinking about Sal Nunziato's excellent blog post on Max Weinberg and Vini Lopez. And I've been wondering: Suppose Springsteen hadn't made the strategic decision, at some point years ago, that he wanted a metronomic, unswinging power hitter on the drum riser. Suppose he'd opted to keep the nimbler, more polychromatic Lopez in the band. What would the E Street Band of that last 30 years or so have looked like? Would there have been a "Born To Run?" A "Darkness"?