Update: 6. und 7. Januar 2012: Clarence Clemons Tribute Konzerte in Norfolk, VA

Am 6. und 7. Januar 2012 finden zwei Clarence Clemons Tribute Konzerte in Norfolk, VA statt. Daily Press berichtet, dass an den beiden Events unter anderem der E Street Band Bassist Gary Tallent, der ehemalige E Street Band Drummer Vini „Mad Dog“ Lopez, Southside Johnny, Bon Jovi Gitarrist Bobby Bandiera, Gary US Bonds, Nick Clemons Band, Adam Glenn (Steel Mill) und John Cafferty teilnehmen werden. Ausserdem wird vermutet, dass Bruce Springsteen an einem der Konzerte mitwirken wird.

HamptonRoads.com schreibt:

Rumors fly that Springsteen could show at Norfolk concerts
Rumors of an appearance by Bruce Springsteen, Clemons‘ superstar buddy for more than 40 years, have floated around since the holidays.
„It’s one of those kind of things where you never know,“ said Bill Reid, promoter of the concerts. „It’s certainly not anything that we’re counting on.“

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Friday, January 6 at the historic Attucks Theatre
Saturday, January 7 at The Norva

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The City of Norfolk’s SevenVenues in partnership with The Norva is proud to announce Clarence Clemons tribute concerts the weekend of January 6 & 7, 2012.  Two special concert events will take place: a formal tribute concert with members of the Clemons family in attendance at the historic Attucks Theatre on Friday, January 6 at 8:00pm followed by a celebration concert at The Norva on Saturday, January 7 at 8:00pm.  Confirmed artists include Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band member Gary Tallent “The Thunder of the E Street Band,” Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez who is known as “The First Beat of the E Street Band” and an original member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band; Southside Johnny, Bon Jovi guitarist Bobby Bandiera, Rock legend Gary US Bonds of Norfolk, John Cafferty from the Beaver Brown Band (the musical voice of the movie Eddie and Cruisers), The Nick Clemons Band, Adam Glenn of Steel Mill and other musician friends.  Tickets for the tribute concert go on sale Thursday, December 8 at 10:00am followed by tickets for the celebration concert on sale Saturday, December 10 at 10:00am.  Proceeds will benefit the Clemmons Community Center in Chesapeake and are intended to also benefit a scholarship in Clarence Clemons’ name at Norfolk State University.

In delivering his eulogy following the sudden death of Clemons at age 69, Bruce Springsteen said “Clarence doesn’t leave the E Street Band when he dies.  He leaves when we die.”  Rock and Roll legend Gary US Bonds notes that “in addition to being a big man, Clarence has a big heart.  I’m so glad we’re finally able to pay tribute to him in my hometown of Norfolk.  We talked about Norfolk all of the time!”  Mr. Bonds and Clemons were close friends having known each other growing up in Norfolk.  Gary US Bonds, as the architect of the “Norfolk Sound” was critically influential on Clarence’s music style, enabling him to further Norfolk’s contribution into Rock music throughout world.  Local concert promoter Bill Reid proclaims „not many Southern cities can claim being the birthplace of rock ’n‘ roll. It’s a helluva claim, but it’s true. It’s a sound everybody, including the Beatles, tried to copy.“

The late Clarence Clemons, affectionately known worldwide as The Big Man, captivated audiences the world over for over forty years with his distinguished ability for making his saxophone speak a universal language.  For more than three decades, Mr. Clemons lofted Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band to become, as some have deemed it, the greatest rock and roll band in the world.  His signature sound was unique to rock music and is heard at its best on hits such as “Born to Run.”  Clemons credited the following sax legends as influences: Junior Walker, King Curtis, and Gato Barbieri; however Clarence developed his own inimitable style, which has made him one of the most renowned saxophonists ever.  He has performed live with the E Street Band, the Jerry Garcia Band, the Grateful Dead, and Ringo Starr’s All Star Band.  Recordings include albums with Aretha Franklin, Paul Young, Alvin Lee and Roy Orbison.   From Dave Koz’s “Sax Man” LP to Ricky Skagg’s “Honey” and most recently on Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory,” Clemons aptitude spanned a range of musical genres.  One of his own albums, Hero, includes the hit single “You’re A Friend of Mine”, recorded as a vocal duet with Jackson Browne.  Additional credits include the spiritually inspired CD Peacemaker to Live in Asbury Park Volumes I and II, featuring Bruce Springsteen and Clarence’s band, Temple of Soul.  In 1981, Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band collaborated on Gary “US” Bonds comeback hit “This Little Girl” from 1981’s Dedication.

These events are produced in association with Doc Holiday/Scattered Focus LLC.  Doc Holiday was present in 1969 when Bruce Springsteen came into the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ and saw Clarence Clemons playing with Stormin’ Norman Selden’s Joyful Noise and witnessed Bruce asking Clarence to jam with him.  From that point on, the Big Man changed Rock and Roll forever. – Quelle

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