Bruce Springsteen Releases 2008 Live Recording Featuring Danny Federici’s Last E Street Band Appearance

Hear Danny perform “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” one last time with Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band.

By Nate Todd Oct 22, 2021 4:00 pm PDT

Bruce Springsteen released a live archival recording from 2008 documenting E Street Band co-founding keyboardist Danny Federici’s final appearance with the band. The show took place on March 20, 2008 at Conseco Field House in Indianapolis and is now available for purchase.

Known as Phantom Dan, Federici was an integral part of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s sound, blending organ expertly with Roy Bittan’s piano but also laying down iconic glockenspiel lines on “Born To Run” or accordion on “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).” Bruce would include both of those songs and more in the setlist for Danny’s final appearance with the E Street Band before Federici sadly succumbed to melanoma on April 17, 2008 less than a month after the show. He was just 58 years old.

While Danny wasn’t able to tour with Bruce and the band on the 2008 U.S. leg of the Magic Tour, he gathered the strength to appear with the E Street Band one last time in Indianapolis. Phantom Dan joined the set for “The Promised Land,” “Spirit Of The Night” and the aforementioned “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).”

At the outset of “Sandy,” Springsteen remarks, “We can’t let him get away without playing this one. We’ll start, just Danny and me.” Federici adds his signature accordion to the song before leaving the stage. Danny returns for the five-song encore of “Backstreets,” “Kitty’s Back,” “Born To Run,” “Dancing In The Dark” and “American Land.”

Preview Danny Federici’s final appearance with Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band below with “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”:

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