I remember very well one of the ways in which Bruce was used to introduce the E Street Band. When it was the time of Clarence, he used to ask “do I have to say his name? Do I have to speak his name?” … no there was no need to say “big man Clarence Clemons on saxophone!!!!”
Some years after the premature death of Danny Federici, another member of the legendary E Street Band passed away … and this is a huge loss: Clarence Clemons who died after complications from his stroke of last Sunday, June 12th.
Bruce Springsteen said of Clarence: Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.
Ciao big man!