Springsteen Enlisted to Rename Seashell After E St.
Residents are looking for a special tribute for the Seashell Stage.
Beaches were a common inspiration for Bruce Springsteen's music, and now some residents hope "The Boss" can lend his touch to help Hampton Beach regain the spirit of one its lost streets.
A petition has been started by a group of locals in an effort to name the new Seashell Stage as the "E Street Bandstand" in honor of the fact that the site sits across from where E Street stood before the multi-block Casino Ballroom building was erected over it more than a century ago.
Charlie Preston circulated a copy of his petition, which is available online here at change.org, after Monday's selectmen meeting. The petition requests that Springsteen, who is the leader of the E Street Band, "assist, direct, and or support efforts to name" the new Seashell Stage in a way that puts "E Street where it was meant to be."
The name would also be a nod to Springsteen's band, a member of which — legendary Clarence Clemons — "brought down the house" at the Casino Ballroom with the Red Bank Rockers. The late Danny Federici also played in the area, according to Perkins.
Roughly 50 individuals, as of Monday had signed the online petition, which asks the state to work together with the E Street Band to make the renaming possible.
What do you think? Would you support this proposal? It could have a big effect on the grand opening gala for the stage and the Oceanfront Pavilion on June 1 and 2. Tell us what you think in the comments!