Aug 11 2011

Nils Lofgren versteigert Fender Stratocaster

E Street Band Gitarrist Nils Lofgren versteigert eine Gitarre. Die Fender Stratocaster wurde vom englischen Künstler Ralph Steadman bemalt und kann auf Nils Lofgrens offizieller Homepage ersteigert werden.

Ralph Steadman zählt zu den einflussreichsten Illustratoren und Karikaturisten unserer Zeit. Unter anderem arbeitete er mit Hunter S. Thompson, Ted Hughes und dem britischen Dramatiker Brian Patten zusammen. Der Erlös wird der gemeinnützigen Organisation „Scottsdale’s Vista del Camino/Concerned Citizens for Community Health and Central Arizona Shelter Services“ gespendet.

Nils Lofgren schreibt:

Hey everyone,
Nils here. Check out this beautiful Fender Strat with very rare, original art by RALPH STEADMAN! We’re hoping for a huge bid from a philanthropic Hunter Thompson / Ralph Steadman art lover / collector. All money will go directly to local Scottsdale’s Vista del Camino/Concerned Citizens for Community Health and Central Arizona Shelter Services. My wife Amy got Ralph to do this Steadman Strat for her charity and we’re honored and proud to get this project going.
Spread the word for us. All bids, questions, etc. are welcome here. The Steadman Strat is rare, original art from Ralph who doesn’t sell his original art so please help us get the word out and feed a lot of deserving, good people.
Amy & Nils Lofgren – Quelle

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Jun 28 2011

Die Zukunft der E Street Band …

Der amerikanische Journalist Jay Lustig vom „Star Ledger“ stellt sich die Frage, wie die E Street Band ohne Clarence Clemons weitermachen wird.

Hier ein kurzer Ausschnitt aus dem Online-Artikel:

So what can Springsteen do?
The most straightforward solution — hire another sax player — is also the most problematic. Another musician can never offer the resonance that Clemons did, just by showing up.
Some fans have brought up the prospect of Clemons’ nephew — Jake Clemons, who plays sax as well as guitar — stepping into the role. Of course, drummer Jay Weinberg, Max Weinberg’s son, filled in for his father for portions of the 2009 “Working on a Dream” tour, and that worked out well. So that’s one possibility — and one that would at least offer some sentimental uplift.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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 9 2011

Elvis Costello – Spectacle (Season 2) mit Bruce Springsteen

Am Dienstag (7. Juni 2011) wurde in Amerika und England die Blu-Ray „Spectacle: Elvis Costello with … (Season 2)“ veröffentlicht. Auf der Blu Ray findet man sieben Folgen der TV-Show, die in Amerika auf dem „Sundance Channel“ ausgestrahlt wurden.

Inhalt:

Folge 1. Bono, The Edge (U2)
Folge 2. Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Ron Sexsmith, Jesse Winchester
Folge 3. Ray LaMontagne, Lyle Lovett, John Prine
Folge 4. Levon Helm, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, Allen Toussaint
Folge 5. Bruce Springsteen #1
Folge 6. Bruce Springsteen #2
Folge 7. Elvis Costello

RollingStone.com veröffentlichte aus diesem Anlass ein Video. Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Nils Lofgren und Roy Bittan spielten im „Apollo Theatre“, New York City unter andrem „Seeds“ (wir berichteten hier):


Die Blu-Ray „Spectacle: Elvis Costello with … (Season 2)“ wird in Deutschland leider nicht angeboten. Die Blu Ray ist auf Amazon.co.uk als US-Import zu haben.

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