Sunday, June 19, 2011

R.I.P. CLARENCE CLEMONS: 1942 - 2011

Everyone's hearts are extremely heavy right now. While we mourn, let us take comfort in the fact that C is somewhere up there, finally reunited with Danny Federici, setting up his Temple Of Soul, and playing music again. We're forever thankful for the joy he has brought into our lives.

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.
- Bruce Springsteen

Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened. So today marks the end of an era on E Street, but also the start of a new one. Today we grieve for Clarence, but tomorrow we celebrate his life.


I want you to think about the beautiful symphonic sounds that came out of a saxophone. This man carried music and music carried him until this day.
-Bono (at a recent U2 concert at Anaheim)