Bruce Springsteen and Danny Federici performing Nov. 14, 2007, Pittsburgh, Pa., Photo by Guy Aceto/Backstreets.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's longtime friend and bandmate, organist/keyboard player Danny Federici, died Thursday afternoon, April 17, after losing a three-year battle with melanoma. In respecting his death, Springsteen postponed Florida shows, including the one scheduled for Mon., April 21, at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, which will take place Tuesday, April 22 at same venue. Here's the official statement from The Forum:
All Florida dates for the Bruce Springsteen Tour have now been rescheduled. The new date for the Tampa show, originally scheduled for Monday, April 21 at the St. Pete Times Forum is now Tuesday, April 22nd. Additionally, shows initially postponed in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale have been rescheduled as follows: the new date for the Orlando Show at the Amway Arena is Wednesday, April 23rd; and the new date for the Ft. Lauderdale show at the BankAtlantic Center is Friday, May 2nd. The dates were rescheduled in respect for the untimely death of original E-Street Band keyboardist, Danny Federici. More information will be available at www.brucespringsteen.net.
Tickets originally purchased for Monday nightâs concert will be honored at the show on Tuesday.
Tickets: Tickets for this event are on sale now at the MCDONALDâS BOX OFFICE at the St. Pete Times Forum and all Ticketmaster Outlets including Specâs Music and FYE. To order tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 813.287.8844 or 727.898.2100. Tickets are priced at $67.75 and $97.75. Prices do not include service charges. For more information please call 813.301.2500 or visit www.stpetetimesforum.com.
Here's Springsteen's official statement, issued via his publicity company, regarding Federici:
Danny Federici, for 40 years the E Street Bandâs organist and keyboard player, died Thursday afternoon, April 17, 2008, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City after a three year battle with melanoma.
A permanent website has been established at www.federicimelanomafund.com. (The site will be active on Friday April 18.) The Federici family and the E Street family request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made at the website to the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.
"Danny and I worked together for forty 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