E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons passed away over the weekend due to complications from the stroke he suffered last week.
Clemons’ impact on the music world is evidenced by the many musicians paying their respects since hearing the news. U2, Public Enemy and Slash have all publicly honored the legendary Big Man, with Bono stopping a show in California to say, “This man has carried music, and music carried him until this day.”
Bruce Springsteen released his own statement on BruceSpringsteen.net:
Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.
Watch the Big Man’s 2009 performance in Madison Square Garden below: