"Spirit In The Night" – Springsteen’s E-Street Clarence Clemons 1942 – 2011 – Eulogy

Bruce Springsteen read out a touching tribute to his friend and longtime musical collaborator Clarence Clemons at the
 E Street Band saxophonist’s funeral on June 21.

A private service for Clemons — known as “The Big Man” due to his great height — was held in Palm Beach, Florida, attended by other band members and three of his four ex-wives.

The ceremony included performances by Springsteen, the E Street Band, singer Jackson Brown and a sax solo of ‘Amazing Grace’ by Clemons’ nephew.

“Clarence was a man of unconditional love, but his love came with a lot of conditions,” Springsteen said. “He was a complex guy … an ongoing project. But when you were in his presence, it was like being in a sovereign nation.”

Springsteen also played a solo version of ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,’ the song about how Clemens joined his band in the early 1970s, while Browne returned to his ’70s collaboration with the sax player, ‘You’re a Friend of Mine’.

Clemons died due to complications following a stroke he suffered a week earlier.

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