October 27, 2023
Congratulations to "The First Lady of Love," Ms. Patti Scialfa, who will be inducted again into The New Jersey Hall of Fame this Sunday night. She first was inducted in 2012 as a member of the E Street Band, when the entire band got inducted. On Sunday she will join fellow E Streeters Stevie Van Zandt (who was re-inducted in 2017) and Max Weinberg (who was re-inducted in 2022) on the extra-short-list of twice-inducted E Street Band members.
Scialfa recently spoke with Chris Jordan from The Asbury Park Press about her upcoming induction. “I’m super-flattered,” she told Jordan. “You look at the list of inductees and it’s quite illustrious, so you're going, 'Oh my gosh!' I’m a little overwhelmed with imposter syndrome right now.”
Patti also explained why she was not part of the band lineup during most of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's 2023 tour, which led to some speculation and concern among fans. “I didn’t feel as needed in a way because there were a lot of musicians on stage,” she said, while also noting that she'll be on stage again when the tour resumes in 2024. “I did the first couple of shows, and as I saw how it was all rolling, I thought, 'This is good. This is completely intact. There’s not much room for me to add anything special.' And the main thing was I have a record that I couldn’t have finished when Bruce was home because he’s in the studio all the time. So I took that opportunity to do my record." The new record, her fourth album, will be released next year, as well. The time away from touring also allowed her to spend some extra time with her first grandchild, Lily Harper, the daughter of Bruce's and Patti's son Sam and his wife, Alex Reph.
Click here to read Chris Jordan's Asbury Park Press article "Patti Scialfa talks NJ Hall of Fame induction, performing with Springsteen, E Street Band" in its entirety. And congrats again to the red-headed, rumble-doll Hall of Famer.