There've been so many great eulogies for Clarence Clemons—like this one, written by my pal Caryn Rose—that I really don't have much to contribute. Since the first time I heard "Rosalita," I've been a fan of the boss, but the record that sealed the deal was Darkness on the Edge of Town. Weirdly enough, that's the only Springsteen record that's not on my iPhone. WTF?
I feel terrible for his band, fans, friends and family, but (and yes, I realize this is completely selfish) I'm also devastated that I'll never see the E Street Band play with Bruce again. I truly cannot imagine them getting a replacement for Clarence. I'm certain there are horn players as technically good as he was, but the relationship Bruce and he had was so sweet and fun to watch. The last time I saw the band was at Giants Stadium, or whatever the hell they're calling it these days. I went with Spyro, who had assured me he'd have a good time. He didn't. You either love Bruce or you shouldn't go to see him live because you're in for the duration. And if you know me, you know there's NFW I'm leaving until that thing is OVER.
It was a great show and Bruce played requests, which is crazy when you have a band that size. But they were up to the task and it was so fun, even Spyro was impressed. Anyway, I just wanted to share this video and honor the Big Man in my own Little Way. Clarence Clemons, you will be missed. Terribly.