Long Live Clarence Clemons, The Big Man

Clarence Clemons performing during a November 2009 Nashville concert of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

I was shocked and saddened to learn that Bruce Springsteen’s long-time sidekick, Clarence Clemons, suffered a massive stroke a few days ago.  He is best known as the incomparable saxophonist in Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band.  I have been a huge fan of Springsteen and the E Street Band since 1978, when, at age 18, I first saw them perform (I also met Springsteen that night, but that’s another story).   I have seen them in concert dozens of times all over the country – Atlanta, Asbury Park, Red Bank, the Meadowlands, New York City, Boston, Indianapolis, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Richmond, Nashville, and beyond.  Springsteen concerts have always been amazing, exhilarating, joyous experiences for me and countless others, and Clemons was a big reason for that.  I snapped this photo of The Big Man the last time I went to one of their shows.  The main reason I went to that Nashville concert: Knowing of Clemons’s deteriorating health, I suspected it might be the last time I’d see Springsteen and Clemons perform together.  I hope I was wrong about that.  Rebound, Big Man.  We’re keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

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