Steven Van Zandt Names The Most Important American Band In History

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E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt recently posted a tweet to express his love for The Byrds, touching upon their great importance in music history as an American band.

Steven Van Zandt likes to spend his spare time on social media when he is not busy working on music. Mostly on his Twitter, Van Zandt interacts with his fans, warns them about the political state of America, and shares thoughts with them about other artists and the music scene in general.

In a recent tweet, Steven Van Zandt made a list of the best American bands in music history after receiving a tweet about the Byrds. Van Zand included bands like the Byrds in this list. However, after he received negative comments about his list, Van Zandt deleted this tweet. The guitarist then clarified that it was a list featuring American bands, not US bands.

One of his fans responded to his tweet by saying that the band was great, but it was Robbie’s band, a Canadian musician. Moreover, referring to Van Zandt’s statement saying it was an American list, he sarcastically said Van Zandt would have made an excellent lawyer with this ‘loophole.’ After these reactions, the guitarist decided to delete the tweet.

Upon seeing this, another one of his fans told Van Zandt not to let Twitter win because it’s his list and his choices. However, Van Zandt argued this was his fault because he should just have talked about the Byrds rather than making a list. He then said that the Byrds are the most important American band in history, without counting the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

After seeing Steven Van Zandt’s list, one of his fans tweeted the following:

“Cmon, man, Levon was great, but it was Robbie’s band. But yeah, all in good fun. I like the ‘American’ loophole, ha. You probably would have made an excellent lawyer if that whole Rock ‘n’ Roll thing didn’t work out. What about your friend Nils’ era w/ Crazy Horse?”

After that, Van Zandt said:

“There are too many to deal with; I’m deleting it. And yes, Robbie was the main writer, but it wasn’t Robbie’s band (he’s a friend), and he’d be the first to tell you, and does so in his book, that Levon provided the essential identity of the band. His life, his history, his voice.”

Another one of his fans then tweeted:

“I don’t think you should delete your list. It’s your list, your choice, and this is America! Don’t let Twitter win.”

Van Zandt responded:

“No, it was my fault. He just asked about the Byrds; I should have stuck to that. If we don’t count the Jimi Hendrix Experience, for me, the Byrds are the most important American band in history. Just edging The Beach Boys because they showed the potential breadth of the new art form.”

You can check out the tweets below.