Bruce Springsteen dedicates "Born to Run" set to James Gandolfini

From one New Jerseyan to another...

On Thursday, Bruce Springsteenpaid special tribute to fellow New Jersey native James Gandolfini, who died Wednesday at age 51 of a heart attack.

According to The Star-Ledger, while performing in Coventry, England, Springsteen stopped 12 songs into the set to announce that the E Street Band would be playing the entire 1975 "Born to Run" album as a dedication to the late "Sopranos" star. Springsteen called Gandolfini "our great friend."

Earlier, E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt, who co-starred with Gandolfini on "The Sopranos," released the following statement: "I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time."

Gandolfini was a noted Springsteen fan and remained close with Van Zandt after their time on the hit HBO series.

Thursday's gig ended up lasting more than three hours, with 30 songs and six encores.

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