Sunday, June 19, 2011

Farewell, Clarence

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. The rest of the statement is on the Springsteen website

(Photograph of Clarence by Danny Clinch)

This is not the way I wanted to begin re-posting but I can't let this pass by. Like so many of you, I saw Clarence play with the E Street Band countless times...from Pittsburgh to the Jersey shore, from Washington to Rome to Israel. I'm writing remembrances of friends who have died these last months. I promise this will not be one RIP after another. So be prepared for frivolous posts about...stuff n' nonsense. Meanwhile, I'd love to be with other fans tonight, somewhere in a bar in south Jersey.

Update - Here is David Remnick on Clarence. The post includes wonderful old video of Bruce & E Street Band.


Kate said...

I thought of you first,last night when we heard the news...:(

AB said...

Me, too. And I thought of Danny F. If anyone believes in it, at least they're playing in a band in heaven. Right?

carina said...

First Danny F - now Clarence:-( The concerts will never be the same.

simon said...

I recall seeing them live in Sydney. Long story but we were there as guests of the band.

One of the most memorable evenings of my life and I loved the way clarence played that Sax. ( i was playing one at the time too).


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Susan
A sad passing.... I admit I had never seen him play... Glad to see you posting though.. ciao ciao xxx Julie

Angie Muresan said...

Sad news, indeed. I hope he didn't suffer greatly.