Bruce Springsteen just addressed fans tonight of the loss of his friend and band mate of 40 years with this quote: "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. 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 oppurtunity 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."
Words cannot express how major this loss is not only to Boss fans but to the music world in general. The Big Man's shoes can never be filled, and our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and legions of admirers all over the world. -Ed.
"When the change was made uptown/And the big man joined the band/From the coastline to the city/All the little pretties raise their hands."
Clarence Clemons on meeting Bruce Springsteen:
"Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" at the 1999 Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:
"You're A Friend Of Mine" with Jackson Browne:
"Jungleland", London 2009: