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Boston's "Godfather Of House Music" DJ Bruno retires

G. Valentino Ball | 12/19/2012, 9:22 a.m.
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On that same records store sales floor, Bruno also discovered his DJ name.

“This girl at work asked me my name,” he said. “And I was reading a wrestling magazine at the time. I was trying to say Eddy. And I couldn’t say it. So I said Bruno like Bruno Samartino. Within a few hours, the whole store knew my name was Bruno. And it just stuck.”

It’s not a lack of love that is driving Bruno to retire, but an understanding of how the late nights and constant grind of the DJ lifestyle are not conducive to battling diabetes. After a few health serious scares that included an extended hospital stay, the choice was clear.

“I tried slowing down, but it was a constant battle to not eat bad after a club,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘I don’t want to die. I just have to get better.’”

Bruno says that his final five-hour set will span his whole career and musical tastes.

“It’s going to be an emotional night, but I plan on playing as if I was going to die the next day,” he said. “It’s really tough to give up something you love. I feel like I’m going through a separation. I’ve been married for 25 years and I have to say it’s over. If I get better I will come back, but if not, at least I get to bow out gracefully.”

DJ BRUNO'S LAST MIX CD AND RETIREMENT PARTY
 SATURDAY, DEC. 22
 MACHINE NIGHTCLUB, 1254 BOYLSTON ST., BOSTON 
(around the corner from Fenway Park)
 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m 
$10 Cover
 21+