Okt 18 2011

Zwei Weihnachtslieder von Clarence Clemons

Am 18. November 2011 findet in der “Wonder Bar” in Asbury Park, NJ eine Releaseparty statt. Die “Nick Clemons Band” stellt zwei Weihnachtslieder vor, die der E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons im Jahre 1981 eingespielt hat. Dabei handelt es sich um “There’s Still Christmas” – einem Song aus der Feder von Stevie Betts und Dennis Bourke – sowie dem Instrumental “The Christmas Song”.

Nachricht der Produzenten Dennis Bourke und Jim Nuzzo:

Back in 1981, we were blessed to have the opportunity to share some time with Clarence and record these marvelous Christmas tunes. He poured himself into the project, wearing Santa gear and really capturing the essence of the season. We had hoped that these recordings would have graced the airways back in ‘81 but we were too late approaching the record labels that year. Subsequently Clarence’s career skyrocketed with the Red Bank Rockers, a hit song with Jackson Browne, and of course his tremendous run with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. With his passing in June 2011, we were all saddened to lose this American rock icon. One of the beauties of recorded music is its eternal power to play on long after the artist is physically gone. Clarence has a parting Christmas gift to us all with these soon to be holiday classics. Open up your hearts and listen to the “Big Man” say Merry Christmas to the world.

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Sep 23 2011

Steve van Zandt äusserte sich zur Zukunft der E Street Band

Steve van Zandt äusserte sich zur Zukunft der E Street Band.
Der 60jährige besuchte gestern Abend die Ballettvorführung “Ocean’s Kingdom” in New York City und gab einem Reporter zu verstehen, dass Bruce Springsteen bald alle E Street Band Mitglieder zusammentrommeln wird. Bei dem anstehenden Treffen werden die Musiker entscheiden, wie die E Street Band ohne Clarence Clemons weiterarbeiten wird. Clarence Clemons starb am 18.06.2011 in Palm Beach, FL an den Folgen eines Schlaganfalls (wir berichteten hier).

ABC NEWS berichtet:

Van Zandt: E-Street Band to Decide Future Soon
Steve Van Zandt says Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band will get together over the next couple of weeks to discuss how the band will proceed without Clarence Clemons. The saxophonist died in June following complications from a stroke.
Van Zandt said the band, which has periodically toured and recorded with Springsteen since 1972, will never be the same without Clemons … weiterlesen

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Sep 15 2011

“The Classic Rock & Roll Party” – Tribute to Clarence Clemons

Am 1. Oktober 2011 findet im “Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino” in Hollywood (Florida) eine Gala zu Ehren des am 18. Juni 2011 verstorbenen E Street Band Urgesteins Clarence Clemons statt.
Gäste des Casinos dürfen sich auf Cocktails und ein opulentes Abendessen freuen. Ausserdem treten Gary U.S. Bonds, J.T. Bowen (Red Bank Rockers), Davy Jones (The Monkees), Brett Loewenstern (American Idol Teilnehmer), die Temple of Soul House Band sowie Clarence Clemons Neffe Jake Clemons auf.
Die Einnahmen werden der Hilfsorganisation “Homesafe” gespendet, die sich gegen Kindesmissbrauch und Gewalt in der Familie stark macht. Eintrittskarten sind ab 500 $ zu haben.

Backstreets.com berichtet:

Jake Clemons, Bowen, and Bonds to honor C in South Florida
Following Clarence Clemons’ death, HomeSafe was designated by his family as the officially-named recipient of donations being made in his honor and memory. For the last five years, the Big Man helped raise millions for the South Florida non-profit, hosting his Clarence Clemons Classic Rock & Roll Party annual fundraiser. This year, that event becomes The Classic Rock & Roll Party — A Tribute to Clarence Clemons.
On October 1 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollwood, FL, the benefit will being together the Temple of Soul as house band, Jake Clemons, Gary U.S. Bonds, J.T. Bowen, Davy Jones, and more for night of music to honor the Big Man’s and HomeSafe’s continuing mission of helping victims of child abuse and domestic violence. Clarence’s longtime music director John Colby is doing the honors production-wise, and Nicko McBrain (did you know Clarence was buddies with the Iron Maiden drummer?) will emcee. Victoria Clemons, Clarence’s widow, will give a live, personal tribute to her husband followed by a video tribute.
Tickets are $500 per person, and include a full course meal, beverages, and live entertainment.

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Aug 18 2011

“Chicago Sun-Times”: Interview mit Nils Lofgren

Cindy Pearlman von der “Chicago Sun-Times” führte ein Interview mit E Street Band Gitarristen Nils Lofgren. Natürlich wurde auch Clarence Clemons überraschender Tod (wir berichteten hier) angesprochen.
Nils Lofgren bestätigte, dass nicht nur die Fans, sondern auch alle Bandmitglieder in tiefer Trauer sind. Auf die Frage, wie es mit der E Street Band weitergehen werde, antwortete Lofgren, dass es noch zu früh sei, um über dieses Thema zu sprechen.


Clarence Clemons’ death still rings

“Nobody is doing good. The devastation is sinking in and is getting deeper.
“It’s such a terrible, devastating loss,” Lofgren added. “In addition to standing next to him on stage, I had a close personal relationship with Clarence off stage. We spoke every week.
“He had three hip operations. Two knee operations. All kinds of surgeries,” Lofgren said. “I had my hips replaced from all the jumping around.”
As for Clemons’ stroke, he says, “It was a really awful thing that took us all by surprise. We’re dealing with it the best as we can.” … weiterlesen

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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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