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RIP Danny Federici

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by lono, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. lono

    lono Active Member



    Words do not begin to express our sadness in the Lono household.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen whose stylish work helped define the E Street Band's sound on hits from "Hungry Heart" through "The Rising," died Thursday. He was 58.

    Federici, who had battled melanoma for three years, died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. News of his death was posted late Thursday on Springsteen's official Web site.

    According to published reports, Federici last performed with Springsteen and the band last month, appearing during portions of a March 20 show in Indianapolis.

    Springsteen concerts scheduled for Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Saturday in Orlando were postponed after news of Federici's death.

    He was born in Flemington, N.J., a long car ride from the Jersey shore haunts where he first met kindred musical spirit Springsteen in the late 1960s. The pair often jammed at the Upstage Club in Asbury Park, N.J., a now-defunct after-hours club that hosted the best musicians in the state.

    It was Federici, along with original E Street Band drummer Vini Lopez, who first invited Springsteen to join their band.

    By 1969, the self-effacing Federici — often introduced in concert by Springsteen as "Phantom Dan" — was playing with the Boss in a band called Child. Over the years, Federici joined his friend in acclaimed shore bands Steel Mill, Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom and the Bruce Springsteen Band.

    Federici became a stalwart in the E Street Band as Springsteen rocketed from the boardwalk to international stardom. Springsteen split from the E Streeters in the late '80s, but they reunited for a hugely successful tour in 1999.

    "Bruce has been supportive throughout my life," Federici said in a recent interview with Backstreets magazine. "I've had my ups and downs, and I've certainly given him a run for his money, and he's always been there for me."

    Federici played accordion on the wistful "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" from Springsteen's second album, and his organ solo was a highlight of Springsteen's first top 10 hit, "Hungry Heart." His organ coda on the 9/11-inspired Springsteen song "You're Missing" provided one of the more heart-wrenching moments on "The Rising" in 2002.

    In a band with larger-than-life characters such as saxophonist Clarence Clemons and bandana-wrapped guitarist "Little" Steven Van Zandt, Federici was content to play in his familiar position to the side of the stage. But his playing was as vital to Springsteen's live show as any instrument in the band.

    Federici released a pair of solo albums that veered from the E Street sound and into soft jazz. Bandmates Nils Lofgren on guitar and Garry Tallent on bass joined Federici on his 1997 debut, "Flemington." In 2005, Federici released its follow-up, "Out of a Dream."

    Federici had taken a leave of absence during the band's tour in November 2007 to pursue treatment for melanoma, and was temporarily replaced by veteran musician Charles Giordano.

    At the time, Springsteen described Federici as "one of the pillars of our sound and has played beside me as a great friend for more than 40 years. We all eagerly await his healthy and speedy return."

    Besides his work with Springsteen, Federici played on albums by an impressive roster of other artists: Van Zandt, Joan Armatrading, Graham Parker, Gary U.S. Bonds and Garland Jeffreys.
  2. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Just heard from one of our newside people.
    This sucks!

    RIP Danny.
  3. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Damn. RIP.
  4. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    Damn, damn. RIP Danny.
  5. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    Tis a sad, sad day, Beaks.
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Good career move.
  7. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    RIP Danny.

    First time I have ever had tickets to a canceled concert.
  8. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Holy smokes.

    I was at the Indianapolis show on March 20 when Danny came out to play. He looked OK, if a little thin, seemed to be in good spirits, and played for almost half the show.

    As it turned out, that was his final performance.

    R.I.P. Phantom.

  9. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Very sad.

    I can only imagine how emotion-packed the first show back will be. RIP.
  10. Bad, bad news.
  11. As Starman said, he just played Indy the other day.

    I've got tickets for Monday night in Tampa. I dont know if he'll play, but it will be a somber show if he does.
  12. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member


    Check out the video of him playing the accordion on Sandy at the Indy show. What a great song.

    At the very end (right before Little Steven hugs Danny), I swear Bruce is blinking back tears.
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