There's a special sense of achievement that comes to music fans when they're able to say they saw a particular band or artist before they catapulted to some ridiculous level of stardom. On the flip side is the bittersweet what-if feeling that comes for those who were part of the band but departed before the group's cultural ascension. While Beatles' drummer Pete Best will always be one of the most well-known examples of ill-fated timing, Richmond's Robbin Thompson holds his own bit of would-be history when he spent a brief period as a second vocalist and guitarist for a band called Steel Mill, which at the time was led by a little-known performer named Bruce Springsteen. While members of Steel Mill would evolve into the E Street Band, Thompson became a respected artist in his own right, today most known for songs “Sweet Virginia Breeze” and “Candyapple Red.” Performing the entirety of his “2 Bs Please” LP as well as other greatest hits, Thompson and his band are scheduled to play a reserved seated show at the National on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.
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