Springsteen wrote this song about the death of Daniel Federici, his organ player and E Street Band stalwart. He explained to the Observer Music Monthly January 2009: "It started out as a way of making sense of his passing. He was a part of that sound of the boardwalk the band grew up with and that's something that's going to be missing now."
Federici died on April 17, 2008 having suffered for three years with Melanoma.
Danny Ferderci's son, Jason, plays the accordion on this track.
Marty from Milwaukee, WiThe billy referred to in this song is the same Billy from the earlier song Wild Billy's Circus Story from The Wild The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle. The Last Carnival is a beautiful goodbye to Danny Federici.
Matt from Ft. Lauderdale, FlBeautiful album closer. Danny will be missed forever.
Marty from Mount Vernon, IaThis is song is stunningly beautiful yet hauntingly sad. I love it. RIP Dan Federici.
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.
The TV show Cheers was nearly canceled after its first season, but the theme song, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name," was very popular. To satisfy viewer demand, the theme was made into a full song and released as a single.
Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part for "Thuderstruck" by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. He learned the studio trick from his older brother George Young, who was the rhythm guitarist for The Easybeats.
Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played the slide guitar on "Sixth Avenue Heartache." There is a connection here - Wallflowers lead singer Jakob's dad, Bob Dylan, played with Tom Petty in The Traveling Wilburys.