Later today in Cape Town Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band start off a four-date concert tour of South Africa–the first time ever Springsteen and his band will perform in South Africa. The Cape Town dates are in Bellville, which looks and feels a lot like New Jersey, BTW. The tour will end with a concert in Soweto next Saturday. To coincide with this historic moment, Backstreets.com, a site focusing on New Jersey music, posted the transcript of a radio interview with Steven Van Zandt (Little Steven), Springsteen's longtime guitar player. In the interview, Van Zandt recalls his longtime involvement with South Africa, and his role in uniting American musicians against Apartheid. The highlight of the campaign was the 1985 song "Sun City," which featured at least 50 odd musicians, including Springsteen, Run-DMC, Pete Townsend, Joey Ramone and Afrika Bambataa, and which - via MTV and BET (radio didn't want to play it: "It was too black for white radio, too white for black radio") - introduced a whole new generation of Americans to what was going on in South Africa. A lot of this is known from a book, Sun City: The Making of the Record (1985), written by Dave Marsh, a Van Zandt collaborator. But it is when Van Zandt starts talking about Paul Simon that it gets interesting.