Aug 4 2011

Clarence Clemons Witwe veröffentlicht YouTube Video

Clarence Clemons Ehefrau Victoria hat auf YouTube ein Video veröffentlicht.

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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.

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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.

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.


Action in the Streets
Savin’ Up
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
Sweet Soul Music
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”.


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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Jun 30 2011

Bruce Springsteen veröffentlicht Nachruf auf Clarence Clemons

Bruce Springsteen hat auf seiner offiziellen Homepage einen Nachruf auf Clarence “Big Man” Clemons veröffentlicht.

This is a slightly revised version of the eulogy I delivered for Clarence at his memorial. I’d like to thank all our fans and friends who have comforted us over the past difficult weeks.FOR THE BIG MAN

I’ve been sitting here listening to everyone talk about Clarence and staring at that photo of the two of us right there. It’s a picture of Scooter and The Big Man, people who we were sometimes. As you can see in this particular photo, Clarence is admiring his muscles and I’m pretending to be nonchalant while leaning upon him. I leaned on Clarence a lot; I made a career out of it in some ways.

Those of us who shared Clarence’s life, shared with him his love and his confusion. Though “C” mellowed with age, he was always a wild and unpredictable ride. Today I see his sons Nicky, Chuck, Christopher and Jarod sitting here and I see in them the reflection of a lot of C’s qualities. I see his light, his darkness, his sweetness, his roughness, his gentleness, his anger, his brilliance, his handsomeness, and his goodness. But, as you boys know your pop was a not a day at the beach. “C” lived a life where he did what he wanted to do and he let the chips, human and otherwise, fall where they may. Like a lot of us your pop was capable of great magic and also of making quite an amazing mess. This was just the nature of your daddy and my beautiful friend. Clarence’s unconditional love, which was very real, came with a lot of conditions. Your pop was a major project and always a work in progress. “C” never approached anything linearly, life never proceeded in a straight line. He never went A… B…. C…. D. It was always A… J…. C…. Z… Q… I….! That was the way Clarence lived and made his way through the world. I know that can lead to a lot of confusion and hurt, but your father also carried a lot of love with him, and I know he loved each of you very very dearly.

It took a village to take care of Clarence Clemons. Tina, I’m so glad you’re here. Thank you for taking care of my friend, for loving him. Victoria, you’ve been a loving, kind and caring wife to Clarence and you made a huge difference in his life at a time when the going was not always easy. To all of “C’s” vast support network, names too numerous to mention, you know who you are and we thank you. Your rewards await you at the pearly gates. My pal was a tough act but he brought things into your life that were unique and when he turned on that love light, it illuminated your world. I was lucky enough to stand in that light for almost 40 years, near Clarence’s heart, in the Temple of Soul.

So a little bit of history: from the early days when Clarence and I traveled together, we’d pull up to the evening’s lodgings and within minutes “C” would transform his room into a world of his own. Out came the colored scarves to be draped over the lamps, the scented candles, the incense, the patchouli oil, the herbs, the music, the day would be banished, entertainment would come and go, and Clarence the Shaman would reign and work his magic, night after night. Clarence’s ability to enjoy Clarence was incredible. By 69, he’d had a good run, because he’d already lived about 10 lives, 690 years in the life of an average man. Every night, in every place, the magic came flying out of C’s suitcase. As soon as success allowed, his dressing room would take on the same trappings as his hotel room until a visit there was like a trip to a sovereign nation that had just struck huge oil reserves. “C” always knew how to live. Long before Prince was out of his diapers, an air of raunchy mysticism ruled in the Big Man’s world. I’d wander in from my dressing room, which contained several fine couches and some athletic lockers, and wonder what I was doing wrong! Somewhere along the way all of this was christened the Temple of Soul; and “C” presided smilingly over its secrets, and its pleasures. Being allowed admittance to the Temple’s wonders was a lovely thing.

As a young child my son Sam became enchanted with the Big Man… no surprise. To a child Clarence was a towering fairy tale figure, out of some very exotic storybook. He was a dreadlocked giant, with great hands and a deep mellifluous voice sugared with kindness and regard. And… to Sammy, who was just a little white boy, he was deeply and mysteriously black. In Sammy’s eyes, “C” must have appeared as all of the African continent, shot through with American cool, rolled into one welcoming and loving figure. So… Sammy decided to pass on my work shirts and became fascinated by Clarence’s suits and his royal robes. He declined a seat in dad’s van and opted for “C’s” stretch limousine, sitting by his side on the slow cruise to the show. He decided dinner in front of the hometown locker just wouldn’t do, and he’d saunter up the hall and disappear into the Temple of Soul.

Of course, also enchanted was Sam’s dad, from the first time I saw my pal striding out of the shadows of a half empty bar in Asbury Park, a path opening up before him; here comes my brother, here comes my sax man, my inspiration, my partner, my lifelong friend. Standing next to Clarence was like standing next to the baddest ass on the planet. You were proud, you were strong, you were excited and laughing with what might happen, with what together, you might be able to do. You felt like no matter what the day or the night brought, nothing was going to touch you. Clarence could be fragile but he also emanated power and safety, and in some funny way we became each other’s protectors; I think perhaps I protected “C” from a world where it still wasn’t so easy to be big and black. Racism was ever present and over the years together, we saw it. Clarence’s celebrity and size did not make him immune. I think perhaps “C” protected me from a world where it wasn’t always so easy to be an insecure, weird and skinny white boy either. But, standing together we were badass, on any given night, on our turf, some of the baddest asses on the planet. We were united, we were strong, we were righteous, we were unmovable, we were funny, we were corny as hell and as serious as death itself. And we were coming to your town to shake you and to wake you up. Together, we told an older, richer story about the possibilities of friendship that transcended those I’d written in my songs and in my music. Clarence carried it in his heart. It was a story where the Scooter and the Big Man not only busted the city in half, but we kicked ass and remade the city, shaping it into the kind of place where our friendship would not be such an anomaly. And that… that’s what I’m gonna miss. The chance to renew that vow and double down on that story on a nightly basis, because that is something, that is the thing that we did together… the two of us. Clarence was big, and he made me feel, and think, and love, and dream big. How big was the Big Man? Too fucking big to die. And that’s just the facts. You can put it on his grave stone, you can tattoo it over your heart. Accept it… it’s the New World.

Clarence doesn’t leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die.

So, I’ll miss my friend, his sax, the force of nature his sound was, his glory, his foolishness, his accomplishments, his face, his hands, his humor, his skin, his noise, his confusion, his power, his peace. But his love and his story, the story that he gave me, that he whispered in my ear, that he allowed me to tell… and that he gave to you… is gonna carry on. I’m no mystic, but the undertow, the mystery and power of Clarence and my friendship leads me to believe we must have stood together in other, older times, along other rivers, in other cities, in other fields, doing our modest version of god’s work… work that’s still unfinished. So I won’t say goodbye to my brother, I’ll simply say, see you in the next life, further on up the road, where we will once again pick up that work, and get it done.

Big Man, thank you for your kindness, your strength, your dedication, your work, your story. Thanks for the miracle… and for letting a little white boy slip through the side door of the Temple of Soul.


I’m gonna leave you today with a quote from the Big Man himself, which he shared on the plane ride home from Buffalo, the last show of the last tour. As we celebrated in the front cabin congratulating one another and telling tales of the many epic shows, rocking nights and good times we’d shared, “C” sat quietly, taking it all in, then he raised his glass, smiled and said to all gathered, “This could be the start of something big.”

Love you, “C”.

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