E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons suffers stroke
Longtime Bruce Springsteen collaborator was taken ill at home in Florida
Clarence Clemons, saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, has suffered a stroke.
The 69 year-old musician, who has played with Springsteen for nearly four decades, was taken ill at his home in Florida over the weekend (June 11-12), according to reports. The severity of his condition is not yet clear, though Showbiz411.com claims that he is “seriously ill”.
Known as the ‘Big Man’, Clemons has been a key part in defining the sound of the E Street Band, contributing the iconic sax parts on hits like ‘Born To Run’ and ‘Thunder Road. Most recently, he turned up on Lady Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’ album, playing on tracks ‘The Edge Of Glory’ and ‘Hair’. He performed as part of her band on the recent American Idol series finale.
Last year Clemons underwent two knee replacements and back surgery, and as a result described his last tour as “pure hell” due to the pain. His last performance with the E Street Band was December. He was scheduled to perform the US National Anthem at the NBA Finals Game 2 last week, but had to pull out to due to a hand injury.
On a personal note – having attended good 35 shows with Bruce Springsteen, where about 25 of those included Clarence – it is evidently how big part of the music of Bruce he is. When that sax cuts through the night – time stands still.
To those of you who havent read his autobiography that came out last year. I recommend to do so. Truly funny and interesting – and an intimate look into the life of the biggest man around.
Hang in there Clarence.