Max Weinberg Pays Tribute to Late B Street Band Singer Glenn Stuart

E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg paid tribute to the late B Street Band lead singer Glenn Stuart, who passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 63.

Stuart fronted the Bruce Springsteen tribute band, which formed in 1980, for three decades. The band formed in 1980 as “Backstreets,” and continued to honor the E Street Band with over 175 shows a year. Stuart joined the band in 1990.

“It is with tremendous shock and sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved lead singer and guitarist Glenn Stuart on February 28, 2024,” the band wrote on its website. “Our hearts are so heavy during this difficult time.”

Weinberg honored Stuart with a note expressing his admiration for Stuart and his dedication to performing despite being diagnosed with lung cancer.

“To all the family, friends, and B Street Band and colleagues of Glenn, I send my deepest condolences. I am saddened by his death, and having performed with him just two weeks ago, am shocked by his passing,” Weinberg wrote. “He mentioned to me he wasn’t feeling great and was a bit concerned that he wasn’t doing justice to Bruce’s material.”

“The opposite is true. He rocked those songs and by the big smile on his face, even that night when he must have been in the throes of his illness, I, and the audience, could tell he was where he wanted to be—onstage with his buddies playing and singing music he adored,” he continued. “You can tell an awful lot about a person when you play music with them.”

He added: While we only did a handful of shows together, I knew from the first gig that he was soulful, spirited, and full of heart and energy. He brought it and never let on how seriously ill he was—certainly not to me. He did more than justice to the material—he nailed those songs and I was delighted to back him up onstage.”

“Though his voice is silenced, his spirit will live on in all of us who were in the room when he and the B-Street Band played a show,” he concluded. “May his memory be a blessing to you, his family, and all of his loved ones.”

In July 2022, he released “Highways and Rivers (Springsteen and Me),” his first original song. Stuart wrote the song shortly after his diagnosis, he told 1071 The Boss midday host Michele Amabile in 2022.

“It was a pretty depressing time, to say the least, and I decided to start writing music,” he said. “I wanted to write some songs for my kids, my wife and my family. As an offshoot of that, I continued to keep writing and ‘Highways and Rivers’ came out.”

 The reflective piece was reminiscent of the 2013 fan-focused film, “Springsteen and I.” A video accompanying the song shared Stuart’s journey with a cameo photo bomb representing the Facebook Spring-Nuts fan group.

“How can I do a song about Bruce Springsteen fans without talking about Spring-Nuts, or at least showing them in the video?” Stuart said. “Those are the people that this song is about. Those are the people that have their own stories. People all over the world.”

“It’s a song about being a Bruce Springsteen own personal experience being a Bruce Springsteen fan,” he said. “It’s about how he’s been a part of my life throughout my life. I owe a lot to him. It’s given me a career for 30 years and from my career I have everything that I have. I owe a lot to Bruce Springsteen.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family HERE.

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