I'm Jessica. This is basically a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appreciation blog. Also making frequent appearances: The Hold Steady, The Front Bottoms, Frank Turner, The Gaslight Anthem, The Mountain Goats, Titus Andronicus, Foo Fighters and Modern Baseball.

Certain songs they get so scratched into our souls...


Played 50 times



"She crashed into the Easter Mass with her hair done up in broken glass

She was limping left on broken heels

When she said “Father can I tell your congregation how a resurrection really feels?”

Separation Sunday is a day away kids, fitting that it’s on 4/20 I think. After all, you’ve got to get high as he’ll to be born again, but when you’re baptized in the Mississippi you might mistake Charlemagne for our savior. And he’s not, even if he does have Jesus Christ in all his glory (in the glovebox, next to the gun).

Springsteen Lore: The Legend of Phantom Dan


This post is part of Springsteen Lore, a series of weekly posts about the history of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Read more Springsteen Lore posts here.

Almost everyone knows that Danny Federici’s nickname is “the Phantom” but not everyone knows why. Here’s the scoop:

In 1970, shortly after the Kent State shootings, Bruce’s band Steel Mill (which at various times consisted of Bruce, SVZ, Federici, Vini Lopez and Vinnie Roslin) began having problems with concert curfews. In September of that year, the band was headlining a four-act outdoor concert at the Clearwater Swim Club in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. The band was playing the gig in part to raise money for Lopez, who at the time was in jail in Virginia for another incident stemming from a concert curfew. But the curfew problems continued writes Marc Dolan in his excellent book, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘N’ Roll:

"This time, the police suddenly changed the curfew time, so that the show was now required to end at 10:00 rather than 11:00. The concert went on with its full, advertised lineup, and the police cut the power with very little warning shortly after 10:00 in the middle of Steel Mill’s headlining set. When a techie tried to plug the sound back in, so that an announcement could be made to calm the crowd, three police officers clubbed him. Danny Federici remembered that he ‘saw red and just tossed amplifiers off the stage and onto those cops.’ The organist got away that time, and on two other occasions (earning him his own Asbury nickname ‘the Phantom), but when police officers started regularly showing up at Steel Mill concerts in order to execute the warrant for his arrest, he eventually realized that he had to turn himself in." (43)

Danny Federici: January 23, 1950 - April 17, 2008

I always thought Danny had the best smile of anyone in the E Street Band. It could light up a room and it clearly lit up many people’s lives.

Rest in peace, Phantom Dan.