Aug 10 2011

Clarence Clemons Familie plant öffentliche Trauerfeier

Clarence Clemons Familie hat angekündigt, am 19. August 2011 eine öffentliche Trauerfeier für den verstorbenen E Street Band Saxophonisten abhalten zu wollen.
Die Veranstaltung findet im „Chesapeake Conference Center“, Chesapeake, Virginia statt.

Offizielle Pressemeldung:

You are invited to attend the Clarence Clemons Memorial Service in our home city of Chesapeake, VA. It will be held on Friday, August 19th at 7pm in the Chesapeake Conference Center, 900 Greenbrier Circle, Chesapeake, VA. The Marriott of Chesapeake (which is next door to the Conference Center) has a discounted rate for those who will attend. There are 1,600 seats available. First come, firstserved.
In lieu of flowers, we are asking that you send in a donation to the Clarence A. Clemons Family Youth Center, in care of Grace Community Church, 872 Clearfield Ave., Chesapeake, VA 23320, which is where we grew up. A monument will also be added on our original home site. This is Family Reunion weekend for us, so you will see and understand where we received our early roots and blessings in Music and the love of God. One of my sons, Jake Clemons, will also be featured on sax. Believe you me, its almost like hearing and seeing Clarence all over again. However, if you cannot attend, let your love of Clarence be reflected in your donations to the „Clarence A. Clemons Family Youth Center“ at the above address, and be sure to indicate who it is for. Take Care and God bless each of you and Bruce Springsteen (my other brother from a
different mother).
Bill Clemons (9. August 2011)

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Aug 4 2011

Clarence Clemons Witwe veröffentlicht YouTube Video

Clarence Clemons Ehefrau Victoria hat auf YouTube ein Video veröffentlicht.

Ferner schreibt sie:

Dedicated to our third anniversary that is coming up on August 8, 2011.
„He walked into the restaurant and said: „Thank you for brining beauty into my day“ and handed me a flower. These were the very first words my dear husband spoke to me. He was the one who brought beauty into my life and lives of so many people all over the world…..
He brought strength, willpower and wisdom. He spoke a universal language that people all over the world understood. When he made a promise to me he made a promise to God. He loved with all his heart and a kind word.
He made us laugh and made us cry. Despite of his status he didn’t realize what a special human being he was.
Whenever I felt down he would ask me if he did something wrong. I would look at him and say you have been loving me and taking care of me, that is all you have done. He would smile.
He would say „If you ever stop loving me, please tell me“. I would reply: „You tell me if you stop loving me“. Behind his powerful frame there was a 16- year old boy asking a girl to go on a date. And we did. The date turned into a love story that I will never be able to describe to anyone who wasn’t a part of it. Thank you for being part of it.
My husband enriched my life enormously by sharing his family and friends. I am paying a tribute to my dear husband in my heart. He loved me like I didn’t believe a man could. I’ll cherish my memories of our life together — the struggles we have been through, the laughs we had and the world we created where our dedication to each other had no boundaries….

I will never stop loving you…
Victoria Clemons

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Jul 21 2011

„Rolling Stone Magazin“: Interview mit Clarence Clemons Ehefrau

In der aktuellen Ausgabe des „Rolling Stone Magazins“ ist ein ausführliches Interview mit Clarence Clemons Frau Victoria zu finden.

Ein kurzer Auszug:

Entschuldigen Sie, wenn das schmerzhaft für Sie ist, aber wie hat er die letzten Tage vor seinem Schlaganfall verbracht?
Clarence bereitete sich darauf vor, wieder mit der E Street Band auf Tour zu gehen. Er hat 20 Pfund abgenommen. Er war sehr motiviert und von der Gelegenheit, wieder Saxophon zu spielen, angetrieben. Er hat auch an ein paar eigenen Projekten gearbeitet: eine ein-Mann-Broadway Show und einen Film über sich selbst.
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Das englische Originalinterview kann man hier nachlesen.

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Jul 18 2011

17. Juli 2011: Bruce Springsteen Live in Asbury Park, NJ

Bruce Springsteen ist gestern gemeinsam mit „J.T. Bowen and the Soul Cruisers“ in der Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ aufgetreten. Das Konzert stand unter dem Motto „Tribute to the Late, Great Clarence Clemons“.
Gegen 21.00 Uhr kam Springsteen in die Bar und wurde von J.T. Bowen – dem ehemaligen Leadsänger von Clarence Clemons Band „The Red Bank Rockers“ – aufgefordert, sich eine Gitarre zu schnappen und auf die Bühne zu kommen.
Springsteen jammte zirka 45 Minuten mit den „Soul Cruisers“ und performte 9 Songs.

Setlist:

Action in the Streets
Savin‘ Up
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
Sweet Soul Music
Shake
You Can’t Sit Down
Raise Your Hand
Knock on Wood
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Bruce Springsteen plays a 45-minute set at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park on Sunday night
Bruce Springsteen joined J.T. Bowen and the Soul Cruisers for a 45-minute set at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park on Sunday night as part of a „Tribute to the Late, Great Clarence Clemons.“ … weiterlesen

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Jun 30 2011

Clarence Clemons – E Street Band Mitglied, Solokünstler und Buchautor

Clarence Clemons war nicht nur ein Mitglied der legendären E Street Band. Auch als Solokünstler und Buchautor hat er von sich reden gemacht.

Herausragend ist das Album „Hero“ aus dem Jahre 1985. Auf der von Narada Michael Walden produzierten Scheibe findet man unter anderem „You’re A Friend of Mine“ – ein Duett mit Jackson Browne. Der Song entwickelte sich 1986 zu einem Welterfolg und wurde unter anderem auf Platz 18 der amerikanischen „Billboard Hot 100“ Charts geführt.

Wer Clarence Clemons Band „Temple of Soul“ live erleben möchte, sollte auf das Album „Live in Asbury Park“ aus dem Jahre 2002 zurück greifen. Auf der CD findet man 13 Songs (unter anderem „Don’t Walk Away“, „Paradise by the C“ und „Sax in the City), die Clarence Clemons im Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ eingespielt hatte.

Im Oktober 2009 veröffentlichte Clarence Clemons seine Memoiren unter dem Titel „Big Man – Real Life & Tall Tales“.

Pressetext:

For the first time ever comes the inside story of Clarence “Big Man” Clemons–his life before, during and beyond the E-Street Band, including unbelievable, never-before-told adventures with Bruce Springsteen, the band, and an incredible cast of other famous characters recounted by himself and his best friend, television writer/ producer Don Reo.

Here are just a few things you’ll get from reading it:

  • The truth behind the final hours of making Born To Run
  • The real story of how the E-Street Band got its name
  • What happened when Clarence and Ringo Starr were sitting in a hotel room and Clarence got the call that Bruce was breaking up the band
  • How Bruce and Clarence met that dark, stormy night at the Student Prince
  • The E-Street band’s show at Sing-Sing prison where all of their equipment blows out right as they take the stage
  • The secret that Robert De Niro told Clarence and Bruce they had to keep for 25 years

But that’s merely a glimpse. This is not your average rock book. It is something creative, something unique, something new. It is the story of E-Street. It is the story of stories. It is the story of the Big Man.
Don Reo is the writer/producer of many award-winning television series. He lives in Santa Barbara California with his wife Judith D. Allison.

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