Steven Van Zandt has revealed that when Bruce Springsteen was recording the legendary 1975 album Born to Run, he told the Boss that the album-in-the-making was no good.
Speaking in Bruce Springsteen – The Ultimate Music Guide, a new publication from Uncut magazine,the guitarist said, “All I did on Born to Run were the horns on ’10th Avenue Freeze-Out.’ I was just in the studio, hanging around. He said, ‘What do you think?’ and I said, ‘I think it sucks.’”
Van Zandt added that Springsteen then challenged him to get more involved in the album and take a stab at it himself.
“He said, ‘Well, go f—ing fix it, then,’” Van Zandt recalled. “So I went and fixed it.”
Born to Run went on to be one of Springsteen’s most successful albums.