The BStreetBand debuted as “Backstreets“ on May 19, 1980 in Asbury Park, NJ for an audience of over 2000 Bruce fans.
From the heart of the Jersey shore, “Backstreets” was the first band in the world to do a unique tribute to a live performer. There are now an estimated 140,000 tribute bands following their lead and performing all over the world.
Nearly 6000 performances later, now named the BSTREETBAND—they are still the hardest working tribute band on the circuit with 175+ shows per year throughout the country—including really large venues!
Huge crowds of over 30,000 fans attended the NYC Tunnel of Towers 15 year Anniversary event with the BSTREETBAND performing.
The BSTREETBAND in National Arenas
Venues include opening before Springsteen shows outside at the Philadelphia Spectrum for the final 4 events of that historic arena.
Performing before Bruce shows at Nationals, Wachovia, MetLife Stadium, Prudential Center, and the newly constructed Comcast Xfinity Center at Citizens Bank Park.
The band was honored to accept an invitation from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen” exhibition to give multiple performances at the Philadelphia Constitutional Center.
Givin’ Love to Fundraisers
The BStreetBand’s popularity has been used to raise millions of dollars for all types of charities over the last 39 years. They have a special place in their hearts for the NJ Special Olympics and are proud to be a big part of their special events (as well as national events) for 10 years.
National Sports Event
The Philadelphia Eagles requested the talents of the BStreetBand for performances at their home games in 2013 and 2014.
Several NJ Devils featured shows by the band, including a performance at the Stanley Cup playoffs in front of a sold out crowd of 16,000 fans.
Other sport team performances include the NJ Giants and a show at the Fleet Center for the “25 Years of Boston’s Sports” with all the great names in sports for the last 3 decades in attendance.
Joe Maddon, winning World Series manager of the Chicago Cubs is not only a fan of the band but is a friend of the band founder/keyboardist Will Forte since childhood. Joe first introduced Springsteen’s music to Will in 1972. The band has enjoyed entertaining over the years at several spring training games for the Tampa Bay Rays as well as private parties for Maddon and the Cubs.
The band has also performed with special guest guitarist Bernie Williams, NY Yankee Great on Live Radio and TV with WFAN’s Mike Francesa.
The BSTREETBAND has its share of celebrity friends including Chairman, CEO, and brains of Hard Rock International James Allen, who can be found at many band performances. Jim has hired the band for countless venues including the announcement event of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, AC in the former Trump Taj Mahal as well as the Gilda Radner and Boys Club of America fundraiser.
Jon Stewart of the Daily Show has enjoyed numerous performances over the years and has admitted to Bruce and in an article to Rolling Stone Magazine that the only band he has seen more than the Boss is the BStreetBand!
In the News
The BStreetBand was the first to ever perform live on TV’s Fox Business News Channel, broadcast coast to coast.
The BStreetBand’s unprecedented legacy continued as they represented NJ at multiple presidential and state inaugurations.
The Almost Boss Film
Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band has one of the most dedicated and fiercely loyal fans bases. So imagine a tribute band that plays Bruce’s music almost spot on and that is from Springsteen’s home state of New Jersey. Enter the BStreetBand. That is why director Paul Kaplan decided to create his film Documentary of The BStreetBand entitled “Almost Boss”, The Longest Running Tribute Band in the World.
The one hour film premiered April 22, 2017 at the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival amid terrific reviews. Check out the video on our homepage!
B-Street Band has had the honor and pleasure of performing with several members of the E-Street Band including “Miami Steve” Van Zandt, Mighty Max Weinberg, the late great Big Man Clarence Clemons, Garry W. Tallent and Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez.
We may know your next question and the answer is yes, even “the Boss” himself has made an appearance to see the B-Street Band!
Take a look at some memorable photos and videos of our special moments with the E-Street Band!
Interested in having The BSTREETBAND for your party or fundraiser?
The band is available for private or corporate parties, large nightclubs, weddings…Anywhere in the world. For further info including band video and song list, contact: Willie Forte 908-610-1933 or email him regarding your interest.