The anniversary of a musician’s death can be a harrowing experience for bandmates, friends and fans alike. However, it is celebration, not sorrow, that will characterize the vibe during an April 19 tribute show at Los Angeles’ The Troubadour that marks the one-year death anniversary of Danny Federici, the 35-year keyboardist and accordion player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Federici died at age 58 of complications from melanoma on April 17, 2008.
The upcoming show, organized by Federici’s son Jason and his bandmate Jason Heath, benefits Dannyfund.org, a cure-for-melanoma research charity founded by Danny and Jason Federici. The bill includes appearances from Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls, Joe Purdy, Alexa George, and several other singer-songwriters. The show will also have special guests, but who could they be…?
If you’re thinking that The Boss himself might show up, you might be right. After all, Springsteen helped launch Dannyfund to a worldwide audience in a TV-spot during this year’s Super Bowl. Springsteen also has a few days off after his Los Angeles shows April 15 and 16… But Springsteen might just as likely hang back from the spotlight to keep the focus on Federici.
In any case, $15 seems like a miniscule price to see some prolific songwriters and do your part in easing the suffering of those with melanoma. To get a taste of what you’ll hear, you can download Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls’ “A Fighter’s Lullaby” (which is dedicated to Frederici) from the Dannyfund website.
For those of you in the Los Angeles area, do you think Springsteen will show to pay tribute to Federici? What songs should he play if he does?