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Old 06-19-2011, 11:19 PM   #61
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RIP, Clarence.

Really loved the mention and lyric recitation at the end of the show last night. Perfect.

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Old 06-20-2011, 01:41 AM   #62
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RIP Clarence....E Street is a little darker now without you.

Here's to the big man with the big sax and the big heart.

We will miss you.


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Old 06-20-2011, 07:42 AM   #63
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On the last stand at giants stadium, the night I was scheduled to go I had been sick with the flu all week. I literally had a 102 temperature the afternoon of the show. Was considering not going, but I had this feeling that if I missed the show I may never get to see the E Street band again. So I sucked it up, drugged myself up nicely, and went to the show. So glad that I did.

Bruce will tour again... perhaps even with the E street... but with first Danny and especially now with Clarence, it'll never really be the same.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:09 AM   #64
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I just feel so sad

I feel so fortunate that I was able to see him that one last time. I was on the floor and moved to the area in front of him because of some annoying people. So I'm grateful to them.

RIP Big Man. There's some great sax in Heaven today.
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MLB opening day at Sun Life Stadium this year- Florida Marlins and New York Mets

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RIP Clarence.
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NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams: News and videos from the evening broadcast-

Brian Williams tribute to Clarence on NBC Nightly News tonight.
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We'll miss you Big Man
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I didn't even know it had happened (the stroke) until 2 days later whe I was having a nice little meal that was partly ruined by seeing a little blurb in one of our nice freebie NYC papers.

I just gaped "OH NOooooo!" out loud

I did a lot of praying....

Then I come home Sun night,(Sat I was out late with my sis and didn't really have the radio on), and i turn on my radio (yeah) and Richard Russo of "Anything Anything" Show was playing a Live Bruce/E ST track

and I was like " uh oh"
hoping and praying that maybe just sending
more good vibes clarence's way....

and finally after ?4 more live songs
(and me like" arrrrggg! WHAT's going onnnnnn!")
he actaully said what had happened
and I was like No no no! yelling in my apt

I have NO idea whether my sis even knew/knows?
We with a bunch of steady and various friends have
seen Bruce/Bruce E st Bruce other band that did the
equivalent Bruce E ST arena shows for Decades!
(our dad is dying way more suddenly than was expected
early last week.... she's all ensconched in that since
she ID's with him, while I ID'd more with my mom)

Bruce/E ST is to her what U2 is to me
(tho we each also have a passionate love
for the other band)

So I had no one to even talk about it
other than one friend (I think I talked to her
- memory's a bit off with the dad situation)
but no other friend yet who has been to B/E St
concerts with me over the decades

i'll post a poem i wrote up on the bus

Once I figure 2 more words.....
(ETA next day > ISHFQWILF, a heeeh )

I didn't know Clarnece was playing
sax for Lady gaga! Love it!

look forward to seeing all this vids
with a Kleenex box in hand..............
THANKS for posting them ssss

I went over to Greasy Lake too, last night,
just to view the comments I'm not on there.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:47 PM   #70
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If you've never heard it, seek out the Agora '78 bootleg and listen to the definitive version of Growin' Up. Just an amazing rendition.

"...anyway, me and Clarence we drive out to see God, Clarence says he knows where He is..."

Or, just listen to this:

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By The Associated Press
Published: June 22, 2011
Updated: June 22, 2011 - 7:34 AM


Bruce Springsteen eloquently eulogized his friend of more than four decades and E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons Tuesday at a private funeral at a small Florida church.

The roughly two-hour service for the 69-year-old Clemons, known as the Big Man and Springsteen's main foil onstage over their long careers, was at the Royal Poinciana Chapel on this manicured island of the rich and famous. Faint strains of music could be heard outside the small gray church.

Springsteen, among those delivering eulogies, spoke of his long kinship with Clemons, according to those leaving the church.

Singer Jackson Browne and members of the E Street Band, including guitarist Steven Van Zandt and Springsteen's wife, Patti Scialfa, also were on hand. Miami Heat general manager Pat Riley was seen leaving the church, which is beside the historic estate of tycoon Henry Flagler and nearby the tony Breakers hotel.

The 6-foot-5 Clemons had suffered from numerous medical problems over the years. He needed spinal surgery to relieve back pain and had two knee replacements. In recent years, he often needed to rest on stools onstage to play sax and percussion. He died from stroke complications Saturday at his home in Singer Island, Fla.

Clemons' booming saxophone solos became a signature sound for the E Street Band on many key songs, especially on Springsteen's breakthrough album in 1975, "Born to Run."

The saxophonist's legacy and place in the band was captured in the song, "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out." It has the famous lyric, "When the change was made uptown and the Big Man joined the band. From the coastline to the city, all the little pretties raised their hands."

The anthem is often used to introduce E Street members during concerts.

Clemons, who was the oldest member of the E Street Band, also performed with the Grateful Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band, and Ringo Starr's All Star Band. He recorded with a wide range of artists including Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison and Jackson Browne. He also had his own band called the Temple of Soul.

More recently, he was introduced to a whole new generation of fans when he performed his signature tenor sax on Lady Gaga's video, "The Edge of Glory."

In a statement posted on his Internet site, Springsteen said, "Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them want to love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every time he stepped on stage."

Gail Reich Ampolsky came from Marlboro, N.J., for the funeral. She said she was a lifelong fan of Clemons whom the musician had befriended. Springsteen and his bandmates, including Clemons, met and got their start in New Jersey.

"He touched everybody's life in so many ways," she said after the service. "He was just a big teddy bear. He was just wonderful. He was a huge part of the band and he was a huge part of life."

Gyorgy Lakatos, a musician who said Clemons performed on his forthcoming album, said Springsteen's eulogy was among the most moving parts of the service.

"Bruce was talking so beautiful," he said.

Many of the mourners slipped away outside the view of a small group of media, riding off in a string of Bentleys, Mercedes and BMWs. A small group milled around in the distance on the church property hours after the service finished, as a large photo of a beaming Clemons was loaded into the back of a black SUV.

"It was a great show, man," one man said after leaving the service.

As mourners converged in Florida, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lauded Clemons in an executive order as "a gifted musician, remarkable performer and iconic figure." Christie also ordered flags lowered to half-staff in the musician's honor Thursday.

"Through his accomplishments and achievements in the entertainment industry and his contributions to the cultural identity of New Jersey, Clarence Clemons has made New Jersey a better place," the order read.
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So, I still haven't really been able to listen to much of any of Springsteen's music, but I was screwing around watching Youtube videos tonight, and I was poking fun at a lot of Patti's solo moments during the Live in New York show, and went to listen to "If I Should Fall Behind". I forgot Clarence sang any of it. It was really hard for me to get through the whole thing, but I'm glad I did. I know it might sound silly to some of you and that's fine, but I really haven't been able to cry over his death for whatever reason, but that did it for me, and I really feel a lot better about the whole thing now.

It's not up on Youtube, but since no one cares enough about Myspace to monitor it, you can watch it here:

If I Should Fall Behind Video by JD - Myspace Video
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What the fuck?

I saw this thread was bumped and I thought it was because CC came back from the dead.

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Old 07-16-2011, 09:20 AM   #74
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The day CC died was a sad day for music I still feel like crying whenever I try to listen to an album with the E Street Band, though I sometimes felt annoyed by his saxophone He still was such an important part of the band and they will never be the same without him. Must be so hard for Bruce and the guys to lose another member and friend. I don't know how they will continue without him, but I'm sure they will find a way to go on and keep the memory of Clarence alive.

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