E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt's wife, Maureen, is standing by her man after American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez forgot the musician and former Sopranos star's name on Thursday night's (March 24) episode.
Van Zandt -- a longtime guitarist with Bruce Springsteen and programmer of the Underground Garage radio station on Sirius/XM -- was invited by in-house mentor and Big Machine Records label head Scott Borchetta to mentor the remaining top five American Idol contestants through a theme of classic rock songs.
When it came time to work with Idol contestant Mackenzie Bourg, Van Zandt wasn't feeling his first take on Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me" and advised him to try something different. While Lopez acknowledged that Bourg "Mackenzie'd" it, she didn't love the performance, but added insult to injury when she couldn't recall Van Zandt's name, looking to Keith Urban for help.
"I would have liked to have heard what you did originally before...uh, uh... mentor?" she said.
Urban dead panned "Cheap Trick" before Harry Connick Jr. jumped in telling her, "Steven." But Maureen wasn't having it on Twitter, and took umbrage when Lopez said Van Zandt helped Bourg change his original course with the song.
"Really @JLo needs to fuck off," she wrote.
She didn't stop there, continuing to write the judge "shows how little homework she does. Or how little she retains. And Stevie did not do that arrangement."
She concluded by writing, "she knows nothing about the rock world. And is a music judge?"
She has since removed some -- but not all -- of the tweets from her feed.
Really @JLo needs to fuck off.— Maureen Van Zandt (@MVZaGoGo) March 25, 2016
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