Last night in Coventry, England, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band tore through 11 songs before the legendary frontman made an announcement. In the wake of the sudden death of actor James Gandolfini, Springsteen told the packed crowd that he would play Born to Run in its entirety in memory of the late actor.
HiddenTrack reports The E Street Band, including guitarist Steven Van Zandt, Gandolfini’s co-star on The Sopranos, started with “Thunder Road” and continued to play the legendary 1975 LP in full.
The 8-track epic took place in the middle of a 30-song concert that lasted over three hours, a running time that is not unusual for Springsteen and the gang.
Yesterday, the world took to the web and celebrated Gandolfini’s life with an outpouring of support and grief, including Van Zandt, who tweeted out “I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time.”