Springsteen presents charity honor to Van Zandt

October 18, 2012 • Entertainment

FILE – This Feb. 2, 2012 file photo shows actor and musician Steven Van Zandt in New York. Van Zandt is the recipient of the Big Man award for Little Kids Rock, a charity named for his late fellow E Street Band member, Clarence Clemons. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — The night busted open in New York City as Bruce Springsteen and other Rock and Roll Hall of Famers helped Steven Van Zandt celebrate his Big Man of the Year award.

Darlene Love, Elvis Costello and Dion were among the performers Tuesday night at a rollicking benefit for Little Kids Rock, an initiative that rescues music education amid public school budget cuts.

Springsteen had some fun while presenting the award — gleefully detailing their roommate days and Van Zandt’s lack of housekeeping skills.

“What a liar,” Van Zandt retorted with a grin.

Amid the musical blowout, Van Zandt and the other stars discussed the arts’ role in fueling young minds and shaping character — tasks accomplished through the thousands of musical instruments and the lessons made possible by Little Kids Login to read more

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