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December 16, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Steven Van Zandt knows his way around the underworld. For six seasons on "The Sopranos," he played Silvio Dante, the consigliere to crime boss Tony Soprano who obediently carried out his orders with a distinctive glower. But these days the actor is having more fun playing a mobster who has been put on ice - literally. Van Zandt - better known as "Little Steven," one of the key members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band - has gathered up his cold-weather gear for the second season of "Lilyhammer," Netflix's comedy-drama about surly New York gangster Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, who escapes under a witness protection program to Lillehammer, Norway, after selling out some of his associates.
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December 16, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Steven Van Zandt knows his way around the underworld. For six seasons on "The Sopranos," he played Silvio Dante, the consigliere to crime boss Tony Soprano who obediently carried out his orders with a distinctive glower. But these days the actor is having more fun playing a mobster who has been put on ice - literally. Van Zandt - better known as "Little Steven," one of the key members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band - has gathered up his cold-weather gear for the second season of "Lilyhammer," Netflix's comedy-drama about surly New York gangster Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, who escapes under a witness protection program to Lillehammer, Norway, after selling out some of his associates.
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February 6, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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.
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November 3, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Steven Van Zandt's gig on "Not Fade Away" began with a disappointment. The first feature from "Sopranos" creator David Chase, the film follows a group of New Jersey high-school kids as they put together a garage band in the wake of the British Invasion. Chase hired Van Zandt, whom he'd cast as Silvio Dante on HBO's mob series, to oversee the film's music - "to design what the band sounds like as they go from 1962 to 1968, and to have that be authentic," as Van Zandt put it recently in an interview at Hollywood's ArcLight Cinema.
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April 5, 2002 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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December 19, 1999 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
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?
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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.
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January 5, 2004 | Randy Lewis
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.
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November 22, 1986 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Times Staff Writer
Little Steven Van Zandt stood beaming in the elegant ballroom at Le Bel Age Hotel, still somewhat awestruck by his encounter with former CBS News president Fred W. Friendly. "What an inspiration," Van Zandt said, as Friendly turned to greet a friend. "You know, he did a documentary on South Africa, too." Friendly returned and the two rehuddled in conversation.
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November 3, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Steven Van Zandt's gig on "Not Fade Away" began with a disappointment. The first feature from "Sopranos" creator David Chase, the film follows a group of New Jersey high-school kids as they put together a garage band in the wake of the British Invasion. Chase hired Van Zandt, whom he'd cast as Silvio Dante on HBO's mob series, to oversee the film's music - "to design what the band sounds like as they go from 1962 to 1968, and to have that be authentic," as Van Zandt put it recently in an interview at Hollywood's ArcLight Cinema.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2004 | Randy Lewis
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2002 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 1999 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 1986 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Times Staff Writer
Little Steven Van Zandt stood beaming in the elegant ballroom at Le Bel Age Hotel, still somewhat awestruck by his encounter with former CBS News president Fred W. Friendly. "What an inspiration," Van Zandt said, as Friendly turned to greet a friend. "You know, he did a documentary on South Africa, too." Friendly returned and the two rehuddled in conversation.
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December 5, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Nelson Mandela was, quite famously, a fan of European classical music. His two favorite composers were George Frideric Handel and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, but he grew up exposed to the country's rich tradition of vocal groups forging a unique form of sacred rhythm music. That changed while the former South African president and longtime democratic activist was imprisoned by the pro-apartheid government from 1962 to 1990. He wasn't allowed access to music. Artists, however, used Mandela's jailing to fuel global protest songs, and during his years in captivity, Mandela's messages were delivered on the wings of rhythm and melody.
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January 15, 2005 | Randy Lewis
Musician-actor-radio show host Steven Van Zandt will devote much of this weekend's edition of "Little Steven's Underground Garage" to Greg Shaw, the L.A.-based indie-music pioneer who died last year at age 55. Shaw's Bomp! Records label furthered the careers of dozens of raw, loud "garage rock" bands. The show airs tonight from 9 to 11 on KLSX-FM (97.1). * Randy Lewis
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