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Danny Federici Taking a Leave of Absence from E Street Band


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From Backstreets:

Rumors about Danny's health -- not unfounded, sadly -- have grown

louder in recent days, particularly since the moving Magic

performance in Boston on Monday night

We now have an official statement, and since a lot of fans are

understandably concerned, I wanted to make sure you saw this right


Danny Federici, an original member of the E Street Band, is taking a

leave of absence from the current Bruce Springsteen and the E Street

Band tour to pursue treatment for melanoma. Charles Giordano, who

played with Bruce as a member of the Sessions Band, will temporarily

fill in for Danny until he is able to return. Federici has been

playing keyboards with Springsteen since the late Sixties. Said

Springsteen, "Danny is one of the pillars of our sound and has played

beside me as a great friend for more than 40 years. We all eagerly

await his healthy and speedy return."

Federici has been actively supporting the Melanoma Research

Foundation and its Wings of Hope Gala, honoring Dr. Paul Chapman.

"Impressed" seems like such a small word when I think back to the

last two months of Danny rocking out night after night, cancer be

damned. With Thanksgiving upon us, those nights with this band are

high on my list of things I'm grateful for. So is modern medicine.

Our thoughts are with Danny, with prayers and high hopes for

successful treatment.

Our thoughts are with Charlie, too, as he prepares to step into some

big shoes as the Magic tour rolls on. From what we saw on the

Sessions tour, if anyone can do it, he can.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, with good food, good friends

and family.

Chris Phillips

Editor & Publisher, Backstreets

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