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Monday, June 20, 2011

Clarence Clemons Tribute by Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen via Bob Dylan

We lost the Big Man this weekend.

Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen's saxophone player -- and the heart and soul of The E St. Band -- went to the great gig in the sky and will be sadly missed by all who witnessed his giant humanitarian musicalness.

We were fortunate to see Clarence and Bruce play together before Clarence's hometown family in Norfolk, VA on the Born to Run tour in 1978. Magic, love and pandemonium come to mind of the memories as they waded deep into the crowd together to jam with their adoringly proud Clemons family.

Here's Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen on Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower" Tribute by Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen from the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN during the Vote for Change concerts in October 2004.

Watch Neil and Bruce pay tribute to Clarence starting about 3:15 min.

Thanks bnbrainer on Bad News Beat!

Clarence & Neil
Screen shot by Purple Words on a Grey Background

More on Vote for Change concerts.

Also, see Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young: The Difference in Greatness.

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At 6/20/2011 11:33:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

got to be one of the top 5 Neil vids ANYWHERE...

At 6/21/2011 01:12:00 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Yes, asg, totally agree with that, one of my very fave Neil videos.

That is so sad that Clarence Clemons has passed away, another great musician has gone from this earth. So I guess this means the end of the E Street Band?

At 6/21/2011 04:26:00 PM, Blogger asg said... won't be easy (to put it mildly) but the E Street Band should go on...CRAZY HORSE was reborn, BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD has been reborn...BEN KEITH is gone, NEIL keeps's gotta be difficult...I lost a guitar playing friend...Musicians keep going because...well, what are they supposed to do?

At 6/22/2011 07:24:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

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At 6/22/2011 07:27:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Asg, yes that`s true, musicians go on, regroup, that`s what they do. But after the loss of Ben Keith I don`t think we`ll ever see the `Electric Band` as such reappear. Maybe a different version will emerge in time, who knows. Neil has already stated that he won`t ever perform the songs he recorded and sang with Ben with anyone else playing his part. Differnt scenario I know...let`s hope thay do continue.

At 6/22/2011 08:46:00 AM, Blogger asg said...

"Neil has already stated that he won`t ever perform the songs he recorded and sang with Ben with anyone else playing HIS PART." emphasis mine...THAT is a way to honor Ben's memory...A Neil Young SONG is a Neil Young song...why can't CRAZY HORSE play HEART OF GOLD? an extreme example perhaps, but *I* think it's a valid question...on the other hand, Bruce's JUNGLELAND w/o Clarence makes NO SENSE to me...

At 6/22/2011 09:34:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher said...

@Jill & @asg: good points.

never say never with Neil. who knows what will happen.

The parallels with Bruce & Clarence and Neil & Ben are interesting. Glad you guys picked up on that with the paring of A Treasure post and the Clarence post.

Although it is somewhat disputed, over Cobain died, NY said something to the effect that he'd never play HHMM again. But eventually he did resurrect the song.

we shall see...

At 6/22/2011 10:50:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

The fella in Band of Joy with Robert Plant is a very good pedal steel player, he could cut it.

I would think it's more the respect and admiration Neil has for his 'bro' Ben that is now fueling his thought and feelings. How could it not. In time who knows....

Trans Tour II now boarding at Gate 2012

At 6/23/2011 02:57:00 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Trans Tour 11, wow, that would be something! With Nils Lofgren on trampolene and amusement park....wasn`t that how Neil introduced him? Something like that...


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