HughE Dillon One-Shot: Max Weinberg Tours Philly

Before playing the Wells Fargo Center with Bruce Springsteen, the drummer makes a few city stops.

On the eve of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rocking the Wells Fargo Center to promote their new CD The Wrecking Ball, longtime drummer Max Weinberg (left) stopped by the National Museum of American Jewish History for a talk on his life. Mighty Max Weinberg, as the Boss calls him, told tales not only about his many years performing with the iconic band, but of his early days growing up in New Jersey, playing his first bar mitzvah at age seven, meeting Bruce, and then landing a job with Conan O’Brien after a chance meeting on the street. Before taking the stage to talk to a packed house at the museum, Weinberg went down the block to tour the National Constitution Center’s exhibit, “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.” He told longtime friend, Electric Factory founder and producer Larry Magid (right), that it brought back lots of memories of the early days. He also noted how clean Philly looked and was impressed at the entire layout of the historic area as he had not been in Old City for at least 20 years. The one thing Weinberg stressed over and over, was that Philly is the real hometown for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as it was legendary Philadelphia deejay Ed Sciaky who first got them on the radio. He played their music, promoted them, and then played them again. Not long after their music really took off. Also pictured: Mickey Magid (center).