I was the only person I'd ever met who had a record contract. None of the E Street Band, as far as I know, had been on an airplane until Columbia sent us to Los Angeles.
I was signed to a record label at the same time as my friend Elliot Murphy, who makes great records to this day.
That's what being a front man is all about - the idea of having something supple underneath you, that machine that roars and can turn on a dime.
Think of it this way: performing is like sprinting while screaming for three, four minutes. And then you do it again. And then you do it again. And then you walk a little, shouting the whole time. And so on. Your adrenaline quickly overwhelms your conditioning.