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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Mai 27 2011

Was machen eigentlich Bruce, Clarence, Max und Nils?

Am 20. Mai 2011 besuchte Bruce Springsteen gemeinsam mit Tochter Jessica und Ehefrau Patti Scialfa die „Winsor Horse Show“ (wir berichteten hier). Anschliessend flog Familie Springsteen nach Belgien, wo ein weiteres Internationales Pferderennen stattfand.
Möglicherweise wird der „Boss“ bald nach Deutschland kommen, denn vom 15. bis 18. Juni macht die „European Young Rider & Junior Rider Tour“ in 49170 Hagen (am Teutoburger Wald) Station.

Die Osnabrücker Zeitung berichtet:

Springsteens Tochter reitet in Hagen
Sechs Wochen nach Horses & Dreams gibt es möglicherweise erneut Promi-Alarm auf dem Hof Kasselmann: Vom 15. bis 18. Juni macht die „European Young Rider & Junior Rider Tour“ beim Turnier in Hagen Station: Zum fünfkopfigen US-Team zählt Jessica Springsteen, die 19-jährige Tochter des US-Rockstars Bruce Springsteen.

E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons trat am Mittwoch (25. Mai 2011) mit Lady Gaga beim Finale der Fernseh-Casting-Show „American Idol“ auf. Der „Big Man“ unterstützte Lady Gaga beim Song „Edge of Glory“.

Max Weinberg ist mit seiner „Big Band“ immer noch auf Tour. Am 3. Juni spielt der ehemalige Bandlead der Conan O’Brien Showband anlässlich des „Blues Fest“ in London (wir berichteten hier).


As the long-time drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band (1974-1989) Max Weinberg has performed for millions of people around the world and been featured at many prestigious events, including the 1993 and 1997 Presidential Inauguration Galas, the 1995 Grammy Awards and the 1995 Gala Concert for the dedication of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, where he rejoined his former group. Called „the rhythmic backbone of the E Street Band,“ by Robert Palmer of The New York Times, Weinberg was invited to perform in the East Room of the White House in December 1996 and served as the music director for Comic Relief 8 starring Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Cited by the „Playboy“Pop and Jazz Music Poll (1985) and the „Rolling Stone“ Critics Poll (1986) as Best Drummer, Weinberg has performed or recorded with some of contemporary music’s biggest names including Sting, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr, Natalie Merchant, Pete Townshend of the Who and Meatloaf. Weinberg’s performances on the classic rock albums „Born in the U.S.A.“ by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and „Bat Out of Hell“ by Meatloaf earned him the distinction of having played on the first and second largest selling albums in rock history.
In 2009 Max debuted his ‘Big Band’ in the US, a bold, swinging 15 piece band that continues the traditions established by Max’s musical heroes, including Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Buddy Rich.
We’re delighted that Max is bringing his new ‘Max Weinberg Experience’ to the first BluesFest London. It is sure to be a spectacular night from one of the greatest drummers in the world. – Quelle

Auch Nils Lofgren ist nicht untätig und tourt mit seinem Solo-Programm durch Nordamerika. Am 6. Mai 2011 spielte der E Street Band Gitarrist im legendären Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ. Natürlich gab er auch einen Springsteen Song zum Besten:


Im Juni 2011 kommt Nils Lofgren für einige Gigs nach England. Es sind Konzerte in London, Southampton, Cardiff, Liverpool und Sheffield geplant. Mehr Informationen findet man auf Nils Lofgrens offizieller Homepage: http://www.nilslofgren.com/.


Mai 20 2011

Clarence Clemons Neffe Jake veröffentlicht Studioalbum

Clarence Clemons Neffe Jake hat im April 2011 sein erstes Studioalbum (bzw. EP) veröffentlicht. „It’s On“ wurde von Brett Mayer in den MSR Studios, New York, NY produziert und umfasst 6 Songs.


Drop Down
Love’ll Never Change
All I Need
A Fool in Love
It’s On

Sämtliche Songs kann man sich bis auf weiteres auf Jake Clemons „Bandcamp“ Homepage kostenlos anhören. Alternativ kann man das komplette Album auf iTunes bzw. Amazon.de downloaden.

Über Jake Clemons:

Jake Clemons has been performing his whole life.  As a child his family would travel cross-country singing and performing musical theater. Son of a former Marine Corps band director and nephew of an international rock and roll icon, Jake was exposed to all sorts of music and entertainment from an early age.  His father, known for his tightly regimented and elaborate performances that put him before 4 presidents, and his uncle, a key element in the direction of rock music as we know it, all gave Jake a platform to grow from and to find his own personal relationship between creation and performance, one that he holds close and without compromise.

Ausserdem war Jake Clemons während der „Working on a Dream“ Tour auch mit Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band auf der Bühne. Am 11. Juli 2008 performte er mit Bruce Springsteen den Song „10th Avenue Freeze Out“ in der „RDS Arena“, Dublin.

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Mai 17 2011

Lady Gaga feat. Clarence Clemons: „Hair“

Am 23. Mai 2011 erscheint weltweit das neue Lady Gaga Album „Born this Way“. Wie bereits am 19. Februar 2011 berichtet, steuerte E Street Band Mitglied Clarence Clemons zum Song „Hair“ ein Saxophonsolo bei. Schon jetzt kann man sich den Song auf „Consequence of Sound“ kostenlos anhören.

Entertainment Weekly schreibt:

Today the latest single off Born This Way, a fizzy novelty song called “Hair,” was released on iTunes and Vevo.
this point, it’s clear pastiche will be the operative word for Born This Way; each song seemingly riffs on the 80s’ canon of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Pet Benatar, and latter-day Springsteen. On “Hair,” as on “The Edge of Glory,” the Boss in his late ’80s sheen seems particularly channeled, right down to Gaga partnering once again with E Street Band-er Clarence Clemons and his wailing sax.

Das neue Lady Gaga Album „Born this Way“ kann auf Amazon.de vorbestellt werden.

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Feb 25 2011

Clarence Clemons: „That last tour was hell“

In der vergangenen Woche wurde bekannt, dass E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons auf dem neuen Lady Gaga Album „Born this Way“ mitwirken wird (wir berichteten hier und hier).
Der „Big Man“ führte nun ein Interview mit dem „Rolling Stone Magazin“. Unter anderem sprach er über die „Working on a Dream Tour 2009“ und die Zukunft der E Street Band.


Exclusive: Clarence Clemons Opens Up About Health Problems, Future of E Street Band
„That last tour was hell,“ Clemons tells Rolling Stone. „Pure hell.“ In the previous few years before the tour Clemons had his knees and hips replaced, but he was still in a lot of pain – and the constant travel didn’t make it easier. „The tour was wonderful musically,“ he says. „But I knew when it was done that I had to have more surgery.“

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