By: Amber Harvey
Bruce Springsteen paid homage to fellow New Jerseyan James Gandolfini Thursday night by playing his entire Born to Run album at a concert in Coventry, England, according to Billboard.
The tribute performance, which Springsteen dedicated to his "great friend," came just a day after the tragic news that Gandolfini, the Sopranos star and Garden State native, died of a heart attack while vacationing in Italy.
Springsteen was joined onstage by E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, who played the consigliere to Gandolfini's 'Tony Soprano' on the acclaimed HBO drama.
Van Zandt took to Twitter yesterday to honor his co-star's memory, 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."
Springsteen and the E Street Band join the long list of celebrities, artists and institutions--including the New York Yankees, Sesame Street, and the band Journey--that have gone above and beyond to commemorate the life of the 51-year-old actor.
Journey, whose 1981 hit "Don't Stop Believin'" graced the final scene of the Sopranos series' finale, paid tribute to Gandolfini via their website, saying: "It's truly an honor to have been able to share one of the greatest moments ever in TV history with James Gandolfini. He was an amazing actor - taken way too young - and he'll be missed. Our condolences go out to his family."
We couldn't agree more.
For more information on Bruce Springsteen and his ongoing Wrecking Ball tour, visit his website, and be sure to share your favorite James Gandolfini memories in the comments section below.