In a brand new interview with Ireland's Overdrive, former ANTHRAX and current VOLBEAT guitarist Rob Caggiano recalled the "incredible experience" of working with Bruce Springsteen during a studio session more than a decade ago.
Caggiano, who made a name for himself as a producer and engineer in the early 2000s, brought up his brush with the Boss while discussing "defining" moments in his career.
He said: "I was very fortunate to have worked with Bruce Springsteen. I was producing an album for a musician called Jesse Malin, who's a great friend and fantastic musician from New York City. Basically, Bruce is a fan of Jesse's music and originally he was going to be playing guitar on the record, and I was, like, 'No fucking way! Are you kidding me?' So, we have this B-side tune that Jesse played for me during the pre-production. The track was called 'Broken Radio' and he was saying, 'It's not gonna be on the album. It just doesn't fit.' So he plays me this song, and not only was it the best song out of the lot, it was absolutely perfect for Springsteen. I suggested that Jesse record the track and send it to Bruce with a hand-written letter and let's just see what happens. So, months and months go by and we're almost done with the record and about to mix. Jesse was in the vocal booth and I heard the phone ring and I knew instantly who it was. It was Bruce Springsteen… He was saying how much he loved the song and invited Jesse and I up to his house in New Jersey to record. He has many houses, but this is his 'studio house,' if you know what I mean. His engineer Toby Scott, who has been Bruce's engineer since back to 'Born in The USA', lives in this house. We showed up early and we're setting everything up, and Toby, who's a legendary engineer, says, 'How did you arrange this with Bruce?' And I said, 'What do you mean?' And his response was, 'This has never happened before. Like, never!' Apparently, when Bruce guests on an album, which is not that much, he asks for the tapes to be sent to him and he records his parts and send them back. So, that was a pretty incredible experience for me personally."
VOLBEAT is continuing to tour in support of its seventh album, "Rewind, Replay, Rebound", which was released on August 2 via Republic Records. The disc was produced by longtime collaborator Jacob Hansen and co-produced by Caggiano and Michael Poulsen. This marks the first studio album with Kaspar Boye Larsen on bass.