A memorial service was held for E Street Band saxophone great Clarence Clemons in Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday (June 21). The Palm Beach Daily News reported that Bruce Springsteen delivered an emotional eulogy at the gathering after performing a “softened” solo version of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” moving many to tears. The Boss even reportedly broke down at one point when he spoke about meeting Clarence 40 years ago. Jackson Browne and fellow E Street Band members Max Weinberg and Garry Tallent were also in attendance.
Flags in New Jersey flew at half-staff yesterday (June 23) in honor of late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons. New Jersey governor Chris Christie said that Clarence’s partnership with Bruce Springsteen and the rest of the band “brought great pride to our state and joy to every fan of this music around the world.” Clemons passed away last Saturday at the age of 69 following the stroke he suffered earlier in the month. R.I.P. Big Man!