“Big Man” Clarence Clemons – RIP

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have been an influential force in my musical interests, and by extension, my life.  I have seen them live more times than I can count, and have so many memories of watching Scooter and the Big Man wail as I partied with my friends.

Today, one of the Greats died – The Big Man, Clarence Clemons, legendary E Street Band saxophonist.

 

“I have seen the future of the whole fuckin’ thing, and it’s Big Man, Clarence Clemons,”

- The Boss

 

 

Enjoy Clarence’s recounting of the time he first played with Bruce Springsteen:

One night we were playing in Asbury Park. I’d heard The Bruce Springsteen Band was nearby at a club called The Student Prince and on a break between sets I walked over there. On-stage, Bruce used to tell different versions of this story but I’m a Baptist, remember, so this is the truth. A rainy, windy night it was, and when I opened the door the whole thing flew off its hinges and blew away down the street. The band were on-stage, but staring at me framed in the doorway. And maybe that did make Bruce a little nervous because I just said, “I want to play with your band,” and he said, “Sure, you do anything you want.” The first song we did was an early version of “Spirit In The Night”. Bruce and I looked at each other and didn’t say anything, we just knew. We knew we were the missing links in each other’s lives. He was what I’d been searching for. In one way he was just a scrawny little kid. But he was a visionary. He wanted to follow his dream. So from then on I was part of history.”


We’ll miss you, Big Man.

The Big Man

-KD

 

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