June 19, 2011

Rest In Peace, Clarence

  We were at the U2 concert when we heard the news.  I have to admit, the sadness I felt at this loss overshadowed the evening so I won't be doing a review of the show.

Anyone who's read this blog for a while knows how I feel about Bruce and the E Street Band.  21 of the best nights of my life were spent in the presence of this man, and no one will ever be able to fill his shoes.

My heart aches for his family, friends, bandmates and, of course, Bruce.

Thank you, Clarence, your talent, your style, your voice and your smile made the E Street Band come alive.  You will be missed.

12 comments:

Seano said...

Such a bittersweet night for you and all rock fans, really. Rest in peace, Big Man.

Sean Coleman said...

Another great musician gone. Very sad news. I'm sure that you'll be playing the music that he had such a huge role in shaping with his solos today.

Barbara said...

My two favorite Seans commented here...thanks you guys. I am the first to admit that I am a sensitive person, but for some reason this is hitting me way harder than I imagined it would.

I admit, part of it is pure selfishness...even if Bruce toured again, it just wouldn't work without Clarence.

Larry said...

Clarence, gone? How can this be?

I'm not the biggest Springseet, E-Street Band fan in the world, but the highlight of Bruce's music for me has always been Clarence's sax. From the moment I first heard the solo in "Jungleland," I was fascinated with how he plays.

This makes me sad, too. I'm going to do a remembrance radio show in the next few days. Not sure when. Friday or Saturday. I'll let you know.

Barbara said...

Larry, yes, please let me know.
When the radio station announced it they immediately played Jungleland, and then Bono read the lyrics from that song. My radio station did a tribute to him today with all the songs that included his solos. Very moving. Yes - his sax helped tell the story, it added emotion without words. Please let me know when you are doing your show. I miss your shows!

Charlie said...

The greatest sax solo in the history of recorded music is Clarence's on "Jungleland."

Charlie said...

I also l loved his solos on "Cadillac Ranch" and "Bobby Jean."

John Gibson said...

Ok, I just realized you were still updating this blog! Glad to see it and hope all is well. Back on my favorites list you go!

Sorry to lose another great musician. It seems so few are stepping up to fill the void left behind.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

That great band in the sky is rocking with Clarence's sax leading the way...

He will be missed...his music will live on

This is a quote I found on another site and I love it

"The calm mind allows one to connect with the inner self, the Soul, the very source of our being. That's where the music lives. That's where my music comes from.
~ Clarence Clemons"

Larry said...

OK.. we're on. This Friday, starting at 5P Pacific, I'll be doing a Clarence Clemons show on Shoutcast. I don't know if you still have the address...
http://radioktdn.zapto.org:8025

Dan said...

Barbara, when I heard the news I was as devastated as you are. 69 years old is just too young when the man is so full of life. Thankfully he decided early on that he would share his greatest gift with all of us. I will never forget the first time I heard Jungleland. It was unlike anything else I had heard and blew me away. I have been a fervent fan ever since. I am sorry you are struggling so with the news, but remember he has eternity now.

Blair, 21, Musician said...

Damn, he was such a great saxophone player and such a great foil for Bruce. His lines in songs like Jungleland and my favorite Springsteen song Kitty's Back are classic. R.I.P.

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