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Happy “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , on July 4, 2013 by 30daysout

By George Kovacik

Today is a day where we here in the United States celebrate our freedom, eat hot dogs and watch fireworks. Just for you, here is a great summer tune from one of America’s greatest treasures, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. It’s one of the last songs the band ever played with original member, “Phantom” Danny Federici. Have a safe holiday!

“4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (Live in Indianapolis, 2008)

Review: “Magic Tour Highlights,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2008 by 30daysout

Bruce Springsteen released a similar four-song live package in the 1980s called Chimes of Freedom to benefit Amnesty International. This time around he is helping out his fallen brother, Danny Federici, who lost his battle with melanoma in April. All the proceeds from the sale of Magic Tour Highlights go to the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.

This quick peek into the Magic tour is great. Alejandro Escovedo joined the band on stage in Houston for “Always A Friend,” the first track off his new album Real Animal. I was at the show, and I remember Alejandro being way off on the first verse, so needless to say, he is pretty far down in the mix on this version, but it rocks from start to finish.

“The Ghost of Tom Joad” is a blistering version with Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. His solo is something you have never heard on a Springsteen record, and on the accompanying video, Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt look in awe of this guy’s talent.

Roger McGuinn from The Byrds hops on stage for “Turn, Turn, Turn.” McGuinn’s voice sounds very thin against the freight train that is the E Street Band, but Springsteen does a great job on the backing vocals and when he takes his turn on lead, and it more than makes up for McGuinn’s shortcomings.

The collection wraps up with “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” featuring Danny Federici’s last performance with the band in Indianapolis.  It’s a touching audio and video performance because you can tell that everyone knows that this will be the last time they will be playing together.

The collection sells for $7.99. It includes all four songs and videos. We are not going to offer any freebies today. Go buy it and help out the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.

Backstreets Magazine

Bruce Springsteen Official Website

Friday is Boss’s Day: Madison Square Garden, Oct. 17, 2007

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , on June 13, 2008 by 30daysout


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My friend, Matt Stephens, called me out of the blue last September and said a mutual friend of ours, Robert Olive, had bought four tickets to see Bruce Springsteen at Madison Square Garden and “did I want to go?” My first instinct was “there is no way I can go.” Then I got to thinking about it, talked it over with my wife, and we decided it was the chance of a lifetime and that I should just do it.


Before the show, we went to go see Late Night with Conan O’Brien. I was hoping for a “Boss” sighting since Max Weinberg is on the show, but we found out soon after we got into the building that the band “Mute Math” was playing. Actually, they were pretty good. Anthony Hopkins was also on the show and played a clip from his strange new movie. All I could think of was “straight to DVD.”


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Danny Federici – 1950 – 2008

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags on April 17, 2008 by 30daysout

Photo by Guy Aceto courtesy of

E Street Band keyboardist and band founder Danny Federici lost his three-year battle with melanoma April 17. Read more at and check out his last appearance with the E Street Band on March 20 in Indianapolis at Rock on, Danny. You will be missed.

Federici’s family has set up the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund. All proceeds will go to the Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

MP3: The Fever (live on KLOL radio Houston, 1974)

YouTube: Danny Federici’s final bow in Boston, Nov. 19, 2007

YouTube: Kitty’s Back, October 30, 2007