E Street Band
Steven Van Zandt
was very close friends with the late
with whom, of course, he co-starred in the landmark HBO series
. Little Steven was among the many celebrities that sent out
to the respected actor after news of his death yesterday began to spread. Now Van Zandt's boss,
, has joined his band mate in paying special homage to Gandolfini.
According to The Hollywood Reporter , in the middle of Springsteen and the E Street Band's concert Thursday in Coventry, England, the group delivered a full performance of Bruce's classic 1975 album, Born to Run , in honor of Gandolfini. While dedicating the special performance to the actor, Springsteen reportedly referred to the actor as his "great friend."
Gandolfini was attending a film festival in Taormina, Italy, when he passed away suddenly from what is speculated to have been a heart attack. He was 51.
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