After touring with the E Street Band during The River Tour in 1980-81, he started to realize and understand the perceptions of Americans made by people in other countries.
He started to become interested in politics and, with Voice of America, his music became explicitly political.
His playing or singing is most prominently featured on the songs "Glory Days", "Two Hearts", "Long Walk Home" (which featured a Van Zandt outro vocal solo during live performances) "Land of Hope and Dreams", "Badlands", "Ramrod", and "Murder Incorporated", among others like the live versions of "Rosalita".
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These albums range from soul music to hard rock to world music.
Van Zandt's second album, Voice of America, did the best on the U. albums chart, although none of his albums were much of a commercial success.
Steven Van Zandt (born November 22, 1950) is an American musician and actor, who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve.
He is a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, in which he plays guitar and mandolin.
During the summer of 1981, EMI-America approached Van Zandt with a record deal due to his success with the E Street Band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and Gary U. The band included Dino Danelli on drums, Jean Beauvoir on bass, and the Miami Horns.