Jun 24 2011

Little Stevens Underground Garage: “For Clarence”

Little Stevens Radioshow “The Underground Garage” wird am Sonntag unter dem Motto “For Clarence” stehen. Van Zandt wird aus dem Leben des erfolgreichen Saxophonisten erzählen und natürlich auch Songs spielen, die der “Big Man” mit Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band aufgenommen hat.


As most of you know by now we lost Clarence Clemons a few days ago.
The Rock and Roll world lost an irreplaceable performer. The E Street Band lost its second member. And I lost another life long friend.
So this week in the Underground Garage we are changing our format to do a tribute to Clarence, his solo work with The Red Bank Rockers, his acting roles, and of course his unforgettable work with the E Street Band.
So come celebrate “The Big Man” this weekend in the Underground Garage.

Das Programm wird über das SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIONETWORK (kosenpflichtig) ausgestrahlt. Im Laufe der kommenden Woche kann man die Show auch kostenfrei über das Internet anhören.

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Jun 22 2011

Clarence Clemons Trauerfeier in West Palm Beach, FL

Gestern Nachmittag fand in der “Royal Poinciana Chapel” in West Palm Beach, FL eine Trauerfeier für Clarence Clemons statt. Anwesend waren 150 enge Freunde – darunter unter anderem die Mitglieder der E Street Band, Jackson Browne, Clarence Clemons Ehefrau Victoria sowie Clarence Neffe Jake.
Nach der Messe, die von Reverend Robert Norris und Clarence Clemons Bruder gelesen wurde, spielte Bruce Springsteen den Song “10th Avenue Freeze Out”. Ferner stimmte der anwesende Organist “Take My Hand Precious Lord” und “How Great Thou Art” an.

Clarence Clemons Asche soll gemäss seines letzten Willens an einem geliebten Ort auf Hawaii verstreut werden.

PalmBeachDailyNews.com berichtet:

Private Clarence Clemons memorial features Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, other E Streeters’ tributes
By Shannon Donnelly
/ Daily News Society Editor
Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and a resident of Singer Island, died Saturday from complications of a stroke he suffered a week earlier. He was 69.
The private, by-invitation service was a bit late getting started due to a last-minute rehearsal for the performers, including Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and the E Street Band … weiterlesen

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Jun 20 2011

Zum Tod von Clarence Clemons

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NY TIMES schreibt:

Grieving, From Asbury Park
Toward the rear of the Stone Pony, Jack Moran sipped a sweating Coors Light and gazed at the portraits that showed Clarence Clemons onstage.
Having seen countless E Street Band concerts in the past three decades, Mr. Moran, 61, said he always saw the band as a reflection, or even an extension, of himself.

The Big Man, Much More Than Springsteen’s Sideman
It was never just about the saxophone. In more than three decades wielding his tenor sax with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, from its beginning in 1972 to his death at 69 on Saturday, Clarence Clemons was as much a symbol as a sideman.

ABC.com schreibt:

Clemons’ Death Leaves Void for Springsteen
E Street will never be quite the same.
The death of saxophone player Clarence Clemons ripped a hole in Bruce Springsteen’s music and onstage life, taking away a figure who had served him loyally for decades and never failed to add joy to the E Street Band’s epic performances.

Ausserdem spielte Bon Jovi gestern Abend ein fulminantes Konzert in Horsens, Dänemark. Jon Bonjovi erinnerte an Clarence Clemons und begeisterte die Fans mit “10th Avenue Freeze-Out:

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Jun 19 2011

Clarence Clemons gestorben !

Clarence “Big Man” Clemons
(* 11.01.1942 in Norfolk, VA; † 18.06.2011 in Palm Beach, FL)

Clarence Clemons spielte fast vierzig Jahre an Bruce Springsteens Seite. Am vergangenem Sonntag erlitt der “Big Man” einen schweren Schlaganfall (wir berichteten hier), von dem er sich nicht mehr erholen sollte. Gestern Abend gegen 19.00 Uhr Ortszeit starb Clarence Clemons im Kreise seiner Familie.

Bruce Springsteen veröffentlichte folgenden Nachruf:

It is with overwhelming sadness that we inform our friends and fans that at 7:00 tonight, Saturday, June 18, our beloved friend and bandmate, Clarence Clemons passed away. The cause was 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.

CNN.com berichtet:

Springsteen sidekick, sax man Clarence Clemons dies
Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, a defining musical influence behind the sound of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, died Saturday of complications from a stroke. He was 69.

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Jun 17 2011

Nils Lofgren: “Good thoughts and wishes for Clarence and his family”

Clarence Clemons erlitt am 12. Juni 2011 einen schweren Schlaganfall (wir berichteten hier). Nachdem sich Bruce Springsteen auf seiner offiziellen Homepage am 15. Juni zu Wort meldete (wir berichteten hier), hat auch Nils Lofgren dem “Big Man” beste Genesungswünsche übermittelt.

Auf Nils Lofgrens Homepage war folgendes zu lesen:

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all in good health and spirits. As many of you know, Clarence Clemons, my beloved friend and bandmate of many years has suffered a stroke and we ask for all your continued prayers, good thoughts and wishes for Clarence and his family.
Clarence and I have stood side by side through countless challenges and adventures, on stage and off. I love and cherish that friendship and journey dearly. My wife Amy and I ask all of you to join us in sending positive thoughts and prayers out to Clarence and his wife and family, as he fights to recover.
Peace and Believe. – Nils – Quelle

Unterdessen wurde bekannt, dass sich Clarence Clemons “Vitalwerte verbessert” haben. Trotzdem ist sein “Zustand immer noch ernst”.

MyCentralJersey.com berichtet:

As music fans across the Jersey Shore pray for Clarence Clemons, the legendary saxophone player for the E Street Band remains in stable condition in a Florida hospital after suffering a stroke over the weekend.
Though his vital signs have improved, according to reports, Clemons’ condition is still serious.

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