Monday, June 20, 2011

R.I.P.: Clarence Clemens

The world lost its best saxophone player this weekend when 69 year old Clarence Clemens passed away from complications from a stroke. Clarence was a great guy and will be missed. His years in the E Street Band were legendary.

His latest project was playing sax for Lady Gaga for her new song "Edge of Glory."

Anyone else remember him in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"?

“Clarence lived a wonderful life,” Bruce Springsteen said in a statement. “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." Springsteen added that the loss of Clemons, known as the Big Man, "is immeasurable" and that he and his bandmates "are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly 40 years."

From their Anaheim, Calif., show on Saturday, U2's Bono addressed their audience: "I want you to think about a beautiful symphonic sound that came out of one man's saxophone."

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