Die-hard E Street fans must have gone into shock when they saw Bruce Springsteen's current band on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. It wasn't just a matter of seeing him surrounded by new faces; it was almost like seeing a whole new Springsteen.
Gone were the trappings of the E Street crew -- the stage-wide sprawl of saxophones, grand piano and Hammond organ. Instead, what we saw was strictly L.A. modern, all loud guitars and open-shirted cool. In fact, between guitarist Shane Fontayne's Slash-style stage moves and bassist Tommy Simms' bowler-topped implacability, it almost looked like Guns N' Bruces up there.
As for keyboardist Roy Bittan, the one E Street hold-over left onstage, he spent most of the broadcast behind his synths and out of camera range.