We interrupt This Week's Discussion Question to mark the passing of E Street Band keyboard player Danny Federici on Thursday, April 17th at the age of 58, after a three-year battle with melanoma.
Springsteen's site has a great video up of Federici's final appearance with the band--playing accordion on the old favorite "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"--just a few weeks before his passing.
Bruce's touching and entertaining eulogy is also there, along with a video montage of Federici.
We're long-time Springsteen fans here at TWDQ. Bought Born to Run the week Bruce was on the covers of Time and Newsweek, without having heard a note of it and we were immediately captivated at the first few bars of "Thunder Road". Springsteen's at the peak of the TWDQ Hierarchy of Recording Artists* and though we've only seen a few E Street Band shows over the years (1980, 1999, 2004), they've all been terrific.
* The TWDQ Hierarchy of Recording Artists:
- You own one of their albums.
- You own several of their albums.
- You own their entire catalog.
- You own their entire catalog and buy their new albums on release day.
- You own their entire catalog and buy their new albums on your lunch break on release day (provided the shop's not running a midnight sale).**
- You own their entire catalog and bribe one of the record store clerks for the truck delivery schedule and an early copy of the album.
Rest in peace, Danny.