February 6, 2012 |
In "Lilyhammer," whose eight parts debut Monday as an exclusive Netflix stream, Steven Van Zandt retrieves his Silvio wig from the "Sopranos" costume box to play Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, a New York mobster who retreats into witness protection in Lillehammer, Norway. He remembers the town from broadcasts of the 1994 Winter Olympics as a place of "clean air, fresh white snow, gorgeous broads" and figures it will be the last place anyone would think to look for him. You know how that will go. To say that this is the first original series from the video rental giant is not to say that it originated with the company.
June 10, 2006 |
If their ambitious plans on Broadway go bada-bing, life after Tony Soprano will turn into a life of Tony Award aspirations for Steven and Maureen Van Zandt, the real-life husband and wife who play the mob couple Silvio and Gabriella Dante on "The Sopranos." With stage producer Nina Keneally ("Driving Miss Daisy," "The Last Night of Ballyhoo") and entertainment lawyer Jamie Lightstone, they've announced a new theatrical company, Renegade Theatre, that aims to debut next year.
July 8, 2005
Changing channels: "Underground Garage," the weekly syndicated rock music show hosted by guitarist and "Sopranos" co-star Steven Van Zandt, is switching its local outlet from KLSX-FM (97.1) to KLOS-FM (95.5), beginning this weekend. It will still be heard Sundays from 10 p.m. to midnight.
January 5, 2004 |
Elvis Presley isn't the only pop-culture icon whose birthday will be celebrated this week, although the King is certainly primed to get the lion's share of media attention with events at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., and countless concert tributes around the country, including several in and around L.A. this week. Two others who are still around to blow out their birthday candles are comedian Soupy Sales (born Jan. 8, 1926, precisely nine years before Elvis) and actor Bob Denver (Jan.
April 5, 2002 |
Steven Van Zandt remembers buying the record that changed his life. "It would have to be the classic 'Louie Louie,'" he said. "That's where it all started." It all is Van Zandt's singular career, most prominently as Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist-sidekick in the 1970s and '80s and again in the last two years with the band's reunion, plus his role as writer and producer with his own Disciples of Soul, Southside Johnny and the anti-apartheid landmark "Sun City" project.
December 19, 1999 |
There is so much going on in Steven Van Zandt's career that it would be hard to know what question to ask him first if you ran into him in an airport, a place where he spends a lot of time these days. Would you ask him about his first solo album in 11 years? Or what it's like being back on the road with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band after almost 15 years? Or maybe how he landed a featured role in "The Sopranos," the acclaimed HBO series about a dysfunctional mob family?