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Keyboardist Danny Federici, founding member of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, has died.
posted by digaman (44 comments total)

 
I saw my first E-Street Band show last October. I grew up in New Jersey but was never a Springsteen fanatic. It was a very powerful show, and Federici's crystalline cascading piano on "Racing in the Streets" was transcendent.
posted by digaman at 10:31 PM on April 17, 2008


I hear it was that Vista video that did it...


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posted by Slothrup at 10:32 PM on April 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Age 58, melanoma.
posted by digaman at 10:33 PM on April 17, 2008


Shit.
posted by padraigin at 10:36 PM on April 17, 2008


Danny lived here in NYC, and I used to work in the same building as his apartment. Always said hello if he saw you. Nice fellow, never knew he was ill until a friend of mine told me. You couldn't tell at all.

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posted by Mikey-San at 10:37 PM on April 17, 2008


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posted by spiderskull at 11:03 PM on April 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


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posted by amyms at 11:16 PM on April 17, 2008


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posted by dhartung at 11:39 PM on April 17, 2008


founding member of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band...

It was never Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band: it was Bruce Springsteen AND the E-Street Band. It was Federici, along with original E-Street Band drummer Vini Lopez, who first invited Springsteen to join their band. Lucky for Bruce and luck for us.

I'll be playing "The Wild, The Innocent, and The E-Street Shuffle" and "Greetings from Asbury Park" all day.
posted by three blind mice at 12:44 AM on April 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


A great loss.
Rock on Danny.

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More mourning on BTX
posted by caddis at 12:49 AM on April 18, 2008


Aw hell.

That's probably him on this incredible pre-B2R "Thunder Road" (called "Wings for Wheels" at the time) that had me falling apart yesterday at work.

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posted by wemayfreeze at 1:00 AM on April 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


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posted by Tacodog at 1:16 AM on April 18, 2008


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posted by hal9k at 1:22 AM on April 18, 2008


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Saw him live in Jersey. It's the only way to go.
posted by Leon-arto at 1:48 AM on April 18, 2008


wemayfreeze, that's a great version and a rare chance to hear it with "Angelina" as the protagonist. Bruce also used "Christina" before settling on "Mary" for the studio version. "Thunder Road" is my favorite song of all time, and this is one of my favorite versions.
posted by amyms at 1:49 AM on April 18, 2008


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posted by nicolin at 2:19 AM on April 18, 2008


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posted by zouhair at 3:36 AM on April 18, 2008


At risk of turning this into a Thunder Road appreciation thread (and why not, as it's Danny's fantastic piano that makes the song?), that's a pretty great version amyms (and I'd heard the Wings on Wheels version before too - thanks wemayfreeze). My favourite version is still the pared down presentation on the Live 75-85 box set though...

(I also sang the song live at my partner's brother's wedding when exceedingly drunk, while at the same time trying to give the changes to a band of even-more-drunk Irishmen. That definitely wasn't my favourite version!)

Bye Danny. Thanks...
posted by benzo8 at 4:05 AM on April 18, 2008


His playing defined the Springsteen/ E Street sound. He never forced himself to the forefront (how could he even try to do that, when Bruce was in charge?) but his organ sound creates the atmosphere in so many great songs. He was inimitable.
posted by MinPin at 5:04 AM on April 18, 2008


Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountainside.
The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying.
'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow,
'Tis I'll be there in sunshine or in shadow.
Oh Danny Boy, Oh Danny Boy, I love you so.

And if ye come, when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be.
Ye'll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an Ave there for me.

And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me,
And o'er my grave will warmer, sweeter be,
If you'll not fear to tell me that you love me,
I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.
posted by ElvisJesus at 5:08 AM on April 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


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posted by waraw at 5:13 AM on April 18, 2008


This is a pretty thin FPP on a pretty obscure dude.
posted by Eideteker at 5:17 AM on April 18, 2008


RIP Danny

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posted by fourcheesemac at 5:18 AM on April 18, 2008


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posted by fingers_of_fire at 5:29 AM on April 18, 2008


RIP, Danny. You will be missed.

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posted by whatideserve at 5:38 AM on April 18, 2008


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posted by $0up at 7:04 AM on April 18, 2008


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posted by cass at 7:46 AM on April 18, 2008


This is a pretty thin FPP on a pretty obscure dude.

Seriously, what prompts someone to make a comment like this?
posted by davebush at 7:55 AM on April 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


When he played Rochester in March, Bruce said Danny was being treated and would join the tour later on. Shit.
posted by tommasz at 8:01 AM on April 18, 2008


This is a pretty thin FPP on a pretty obscure dude.

A founding member of the E Street Band is obscure? Do you live in a country without music?
posted by Mikey-San at 8:09 AM on April 18, 2008


Seriously, what prompts someone to make a comment like this?

This is MetaFilter; it's to be expected.
posted by bwg at 8:20 AM on April 18, 2008


Learn when to shut up, Eideteker .
posted by wsg at 8:26 AM on April 18, 2008


Video from his last performance at YouTube.
posted by gerryblog at 8:59 AM on April 18, 2008


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posted by Sk4n at 9:15 AM on April 18, 2008


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posted by Nick Verstayne at 9:17 AM on April 18, 2008


58 is too young, but we're about 15 years away from musicians of this era dropping dead almost daily, like some kind of ravaging flu. I'm feeling old.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 9:28 AM on April 18, 2008



The Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.
posted by digaman at 1:52 PM on April 18, 2008


"Seriously, what prompts someone to make a comment like this?"

It leads off with 2 wikipedia links, follows that with a link to a site that's already been linked on MeFi, and then has 1 news article. It's not disrespecting the dead to remark on a poor obituary. This is a rushed newsfilter post, rather than a carefully researched homage.

To paraphrase another NJ musician: "You give ObitFilter a bad name."

If it makes you feel better, I didn't flag the post. My comment was made to suggest that obituaries be held to the same quality standards as the rest of the site is (supposedly) held to. I'm not looking to have the post taken down. Just try harder next time.
posted by Eideteker at 2:43 PM on April 18, 2008


Thanks for your largesse, Eideteker. It feels particularly relevant in this context. I assume you didn't bother to click through that "site that's already been linked," which last night contained a tribute from Springsteen about Federici.

I didn't feel qualified to do a carefully researched homage, not being a Springsteen die-hard, but figured -- after looking at quite a few sites and articles, and finally settling on the links that seemed most informative -- that the real fans would provide what I could not, after my respectful post.

To paraphrase 1000 New Jersey musicians... oh, never mind.
posted by digaman at 3:09 PM on April 18, 2008


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posted by Iridic at 3:43 PM on April 18, 2008


Not to single out Eideteker, as I've seen this sort of attitude from many other people here, but his sort of nonsense is why I visit Metafilter a lot less often than I used to.
posted by tranquileye at 4:25 PM on April 18, 2008


My comment was made to suggest that obituaries be held to the same quality standards as the rest of the site

Well, they aren't. Get over it. People post these out of grief and they don't go researching for hours to find a lot of backup links. Frankly, that isn't needed anyway. They main issue is that someone has passed. It's an obit thread and the people who knew him don't need an extended retrospective to grieve communally. We have a long history of this here. If you were locked in a closet and did not know who Danny Federici was than too bad for you, but you don't need to be making a comment either. If you have any further issue with this take it to meta or mefimail me.

digaman, thank you for that link. I heartily encourage everyone who admired Danny to donate, if only a few dollars. Bruce and the band have a very long history of encouraging charity from their fans, and of course with being generous themselves.
posted by caddis at 5:21 PM on April 18, 2008


[a few comments removed - you guys know where email, memail AND metatalk are.]
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