In Memoriam: Danny Federici (1950 – 2008)

The dogs on E Street are howling at the tragic passing of keyboardist extraordinaire, Danny Federici, who lost a long struggle with melanoma on April 17. Bruce’s own eulogy was short and sweet:

“Danny and I worked together for 40 years – he was the most wonderfully fluid keyboard player and a pure natural musician. I loved him very much…we grew up together.”

Danny will be sorely missed, although his spirit will surely live on, hiding on the backstreets. Here’s a look at Danny’s last performance with the band, playing a song that will never sound the same in concert, “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”.

And if you aren’t wearing sunblock, or having yourself checked regularly for skin cancer, get wise. For a link to the Danny Federici Melanoma Foundation, click here.

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