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The E Street Band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight (Thursday) comes 15 years too late for some of the members, particularly the late Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons.
Clemons in particular was very hurt when they were not honored alongside Bruce Springsteen in 1999. Guitarist Nils Lofgren, who is celebrating his 30th year in the band, says, "This has been stuck in everyone's craw all through these years... nevertheless it's a good honor and I'm actually more excited for my bandmates than for myself, but the bottom line is they belong there."
The members past and present who are being honored are former keyboardist David Sancious, former drummer Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez, current members Garry Tallent, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan, Steve Van Zandt, Patti Scialfa and Nils Lofgren, and the late Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons.
Clemons is the only African-American being recognized at tonight's ceremony, but it's 15 years too late for his son Nick who says, "They didn't honor my dad and Danny Federici when they could have seen it. They deserved it a long time ago — it's a joke." Federici died of cancer in 2008 and Clemons died from a massive stroke in 2011.
Springsteen will be inducting them as well as leading them through performances of "The E Street Shuffle" and "Kitty's Back" from 1973's The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. Tonight's ceremony is taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and will be shown on HBO on May 31st.