When you go to see the Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band you always get the feeling that it’s some kind of little family up there on stage. No question, the guy up front is important, but the whomp put down by the collective efforts of everyone flanking him is crucial to delivering that signature sound. Well, the whomp won’t be exactly the same any more. Danny Federici, the group’s organist and keyboard player, has succumbed to the cancer he’s been battling for three years. He was 58. For four decades he’s been at the Boss’ side, adding to the energy, creating an array of great colors and flourishes. His accordion work on “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” is one of rock’s most memorable sounds. He and Springsteen played together their entire adult lives. “He was a pure natural musician. I loved him very much … we grew up together,” writes Springsteen on the band’s Web site. Check our video list of great E Street songs.
There are a couple of nice Federici clips, including “Sandy,” for you after the jump. VH1 Classic celebrates his life with a block of Springsteen programming starting tonight at 8pm/7c. Full listing after the jump.
Springsteen Night – VH1 Classic, Friday April 18.
8 pm – Live at the Hammersmith Odeon
9 pm – Wings for Wheels: Behind the Scenes of “Born To Run”
11 pm – Live in Barcelona
11:30pm – Blood Brothers
12 am – Live in NYC
12:30 am – Live at the Hammersmith Odeon
1:30 am – Wings for Wheels: Behind the Scenes of “Born To Run”