Stars pay tribute to Clarence Clemons
June 20th, 2011
01:15 PM ET

Stars pay tribute to Clarence Clemons

Tributes have flowed following the death of legendary rock saxophonist and E Street Band member, Clarence Clemons.

Bon Jovi performed "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" as a tribute to Clemons during a concert in Denmark Sunday night. The site NME.com reports that U2 frontman Bono honored the "Big Man" Saturday during U2's concert at Anaheim's Angel Stadium.

"I want you to think about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band," Bono told the crowd. "I want you to think of Clarence Clemons. This man has carried music, and music carried him until this day."

The band Coldplay posted a video via lead singer Chris Martin on their website of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band "Jungleland" live in London's Hyde Park in 2009, which featured a solo by Clemons. The words "RIP our favourite saxophone player, Clarence 'Big Man' Clemons" appear above the link to the video.

On Twitter, condolences came from stars in various genres of music.

Questlove – drummer for Jimmy Fallon's famed house band and award-wining hip-hop group "The Roots" – tweeted, "RIP Clarence Clemons. A True Legend. Will be absolutely missed."

Guns & Roses guitarist Slash tweeted, "Clarence Clemons was one of the finest musicians/people in this business. He will be sorely missed. RIP" while Jackson 5 member Jackie Jackson also tweeted, "Clarence Clemons you will be greatly missed – RIP."

Singer Bryan Adams said via Twitter, "RIP Clarence Clemons, one of the greatest rock sax players" and Public Enemy frontman Chuck D tweeted simply, "R.I.P. Big Clarence."


soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. MJ

    To all of Clarence's family and friends.....I apologize for the rude comments posted on this page. Know that you have my sympathy and prayers. Thanks for sharing Clarence with all of us.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JOHN PATRICK

    Clarence proved to the world that music is universal and friendship is not about color or beliefs. Rest in peace big man, your heart felt sounds will truly be missed.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jackson

    Saw BS and the ESBand back in '72 or '73...can't remember which, too many doobies ago!. Was on spring break and went to "The City" with a college friend who was from Red Bank, NJ. He took me to the Stone Pony..BS and the ES Band were the gig that night. BS even rolled in their own equip...lights went down, stage lit up and the rest of the night was magical. Will never forget it...may the angels play sax for you Big Man. Thanks for making a young kids night a night he'll never, ever forget.

    June 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jessica, NJ

    Good bye Big Man, you will be missed.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. shanebolin

    What a sweet tribute to a great man and a wonderful way to end a wonderful night. Thanks! http://bit.ly/lq1r76

    June 21, 2011 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. glenda

    Hey fools, I don't care how old you are, how rich you are, how ugly you are, everybody smells without a bath. Don't say it's just the old people.

    Clarence, you were great! When I think of how much Bruce is going to miss you, after 40 years of you two sharing the stage together, and your close friendship, it makes me very sad.

    June 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. E Street Fan

    He was one of the greatest musicians I have ever had the pleasure of seeing live.........RIP brother

    June 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MrMynor

    The author should also note that Phish, during their show in Portsmouth, Virginia last night, covered Thunder Road in the big man's honor.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhishPhan1

      The band Phish payed their respects by playing a beautiful Thunder Road in Portsmouth, VA on Sunday. RIP Big Man!

      June 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lizabeth

    they should write themselves a note on their hand to remind them to take a bath. everyone over 30 needs to do that.

    June 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • V. P.

      This statement goes out to all of you who have made ugly comments this article.
      Please grow up! All of your nasty and disrespectful comments are not needed or wanted. Borrow some respect from someone.

      June 22, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Freddie

    These immature comments are coming from instigators who have not mentally/emotionally progressed beyond the 7th grade, have low self-esteem and are very likely bored with their own existence. Too bad this website doesn't filter them out.

    June 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. elcur

    Two members of the E Street Band now have passed. Not because of too much boozing or smoking or heroin, etc... They are great role models for anyone musician out there trying to make it.. E Street will never be the same. First Danny, no Clarence. I hope they never play Tenth Avenue Freeze Out Again in concert, that song is Clarence.. God Bless you Clarence and the E Street Band..

    June 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sheena Malone

    What's up with all the disrespect for the deceased today I just finished reading about poor Ryan Dunn, I mean you guys are like so heartless come on where's the love these were two guys that brought some joy to us in this sometimes crappy world.Come on show a little decency at least to their grieving families.

    June 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mags

    Dont post ignorant comments. death is no laughing matter and your comments are rude and uncalled for. Grow up or shut up.

    June 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Måd Ræp3r

    @Mags,
    Life's a piece of sh¡t
    When you look at it
    Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true.
    You'll see it's all a show
    Keep 'em laughing as you go
    Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

    June 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Måd Ræp3r

    @ jo because I missed what you said on the liza blog until now.

    Oink, oink!

    June 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  16. The Big Man

    Please forgive them as they know not their transgressions. "lizabeth" represents a nobody with very low self-esteem and these postings are just their sad attempt for attention. I have compassion for the downttrodden and hope that someone can rescue "lizabeth" from his very, very pathetic life before it's too late. Peace out!

    June 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. tim

    ClayBoy loves to blow things. Actually he did like to blow things.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |

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