Jun 20 2011

Zum Tod von Clarence Clemons

Einige Presseberichte:

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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Jun 15 2011

Bruce Springsteen meldet sich zu Wort

Bruce Springsteen meldete sich gestern Abend zu Wort:

By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke. While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again. He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family.

I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern. This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.

Bruce Springsteen


Clarence’s family appreciates your concern and wants to let you know that you can send him your wishes via e-mail to notestoclarence@clarenceclemons.com

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Jun 14 2011

Update: Clarence Clemons erleidet Schlaganfall

E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons hat am Sonntag (12. Juni 2011) einen Schlaganfall erlitten. „Associated Press“ bestätigte, dass der „Big Man“ am Abend in ein Krankenhaus eingeliefert wurde. FOX TV berichtete Tags darauf, dass Clarence Clemons linksseitig gelähmt war und sich zwei Gehirnoperationen stellen musste. Sein Zustand soll laut Aussagen der Ärzte stabil sein.

Mittlerweile wurde bekannt, dass Clarence Clemons seine linke Hand bewegen und auch sprechen kann.

MYCentralJersey.com berichtet (14. Juni 2011):

There are signs of hope for Clarence Clemons.
The famed saxophonist for the E Street Band is responsive after suffering a stroke, according to the Bruce Spingsteen and E Street Band fan website Backstreets.com.
“Yesterday (Sunday), it did not look good at all. Today … miracles are happening,’’ the website quoted an unidentified friend of Clemons as saying. “His vital signs are improving. He’s responsive. His eyes are welling up when we’re talking to him. He was paralyzed on his left side, but now he’s squeezing with his left hand.’’

Aus dem Backstreets.com Forum (13. Juni 2011):

We didn’t want to believe it when we heard the news yesterday, but Backstreets has confirmed through independent sources that Clarence Clemons has suffered a massive stroke. After two subsequent brain surgeries at a Florida hospital, the good news is that Clarence is currently responsive and in stable condition, though still in a fight for his life. „If anyone can pull off the miracle, it’s him,“ says a close friend. „He’s fought back from so much before.“
As we’re praying for the Big Man’s recovery, we heard from his sax tech, photographer Joe Lopez, who wanted to share these photos with fans. The off-stage photo is from „our last shoot a couple of weeks ago in the studio here in West Palm Beach — all smiles and laughs, the Clarence we all know and love.“
Clarence told Backstreets in 2003, „What I bring to people is pure honesty, and pure love, and hopefully it brings some light and joy to the world.“ It does. And right now we’re sending it right back to you, Big Man.

The latest out of Florida has Clarence Clemons in better condition than anyone expected, a close friend tells Backstreets: „Yesterday, it did not look good at all. Today… miracles are happening. His vital signs are improving. He’s responsive. His eyes are welling up when we’re talking to him. He was paralyzed on his left side, but now he’s squeezing with his left hand. This is the best news we’ve heard since [the stroke] happened — it’s nothing short of miraculous. The next five days will still be critical. But he’s a fighter.“

RollingStone.com schreibt (13. Juni 2011):

E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons has Suffered a Stroke
Rolling Stone can confirm reports that Clarence Clemons has had a stroke. The news broke this evening at 411.com, which reported that Clemons is „seriously ill after a stroke at his home in Florida.“

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