Danny Federici verstorben

Danny Federici

Danny Federici, Gründungsmitglied von Bruce Springsteens legendärer E-Street Band, ist am Donnerstag Abend im Alter von 58 Jahren an Hautkrebs verstorben. Wegen seiner vor drei Jahren diagnostizierten Krebserkrankung hatte er im vergangenen November seinen vorläufigen Rücktritt aus Bruce Springsteens E-Street Band bekannt gegeben.

Bruce Springsteen veröffentlichte auf seiner Homepage folgenden Nachruf:

“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.”
—Bruce Springsteen

Danny Federici, for 40 years the E Street Band’s organist and keyboard player, died this afternoon, April 17, 2008 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City after a three year battle with melanoma.

The Federici family and the E Street family request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund. A web site for the Fund is being established and we’ll post its link when it is on line.

Bruce Springsteen’s concerts scheduled for Friday in Ft. Lauderdale and Saturday in Orlando performance are being postponed. Replacement dates will be announced shortly.

Auf Southside Johnny Homepage war folgendes zu lesen:

So we lose another friend… I have known Danny since he started playing at the Stone Pony back in the late 60s. He was always a crusty guy with a sarcastic sense of humor, so, of course, we got along just fine. I can recall many nights jamming on blues and rock & roll classics, then he and I,Garry, and whomever else was on stage would shift into some jazz standard or improvise on a chord progression. He was a much more advanced musician than most of us at the time, and he raised the bar for all of us. It was embarrassing to hear how good he already was and to listen to your own pitiful efforts. And, yes, for all you REAL early fans out there, Danny was the one who pushed the speaker cabinets over onto the chief of police who was behind the stage trying to cut the power on a Steel Mill concert. There were arrest warrants, so he always denied it, but I was back there and saw him get up and do it. No one was hurt, but it helped keep the show going. Good on ya, Danny. Rest easy.

Mittlerweile wurde auch der “Danny Federici Melanoma Fund” ins Leben gerufen.
Mehr Infos gibts hier: http://www.thedannyfedericimelanomafund.com/

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