Springsteen side-kick Clarence Clemons passes away
Saxophonist and Springsteen foil Clarence Clemons died on 7:00 Saturday, June 18th from complications from a stroke he suffered on June 12th. Of his friend's passing Bruce Springsteen left the following statement:
"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. "
Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr. was a key ingredient in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. With him since its inception, his distinctive sax playing, immortalized in such classics as Born To Run', 'Tenth Avenue Freeze Out' and 'Jungleland', was a distinctive feature in Springsteen's music. Live he was Sringsteen's onstage foil, a towering hulking figure introduced by "The Boss" as "The Master of the Universe." During his 1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction Bruce Springsteen called Clemons "a source of myth and light and enormous strength."
Watch The Big Man performing Sprinsteen's signature song 'Born To Run' below: