The death of James Gandolfini earlier this week caught many off guard, including celebrity friends of the late actor.
News of his passing sparked a flurry of tributes from celebrities who’ve been lucky enough to work with Gandolfini or those who were just admirers of his body of work.
One of those tributes came from fellow New Jerseyan, Bruce Springsteen, who paid a special musical homage to Gandolfini during a show in Coventry, England Thursday night.
According to the Star Ledger, Bruce and The E Street Band stopped in the middle of the show to announce that the band would play the classic 1975 Born To Run album in full in memory of “our great friend James Gandolfini.”
The tribute had extra special meaning to E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt, who co-starred alongside Gandolfini as Tony Soprano’s consigliere, “Silvio” on the hit HBO series The Sopranos.
Van Zandt released a statement on his Facebook page after new of his death saying, ”I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time. Maureen and I send our deepest sympathy and love to Deborah, Michael, Lily, and all of Jimmy’s family.”
Gandolfini was a long-time Springsteen fan and remained close friends with Van Zandt even after the HBO series ended. Springsteen’s set lasted more than three hours with a six-song encore including hits “Born In The U.S.A.” and “Dancing In the Dark.”
Gandolfini died Wednesday, June 21st at the age of 51 after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Italy.
Watch a fan-recorded performance of “Born To Run” in dedication to Gandolfini below.