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Clarence Clemons

Because the Night Belongs to Bruce, The Night Belongs to Us

by John Platt

With a recording of "Big Boss Man" playing on the P.A., Bruce Springsteen and the expanded 17-piece E Street Band took the stage Tuesday night at the IZOD Center at the Meadowlands for the first New York area concert of his current tour - "the Romp in the Swamp," as Bruce put it. Clearly, Bruce was feeling at home, and the crowd was thrilled to welcome him back.

Clarence Clemons - Words and Music - 2004

From host Dennis Elsas: "The first time I met Clarence Clemons was backstage at New York’s Bottom Line in August 1975 during his historic series of performances with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. In 1985 I did a TV profile about him for 'PM Magazine' spotlighting his solo career. When we sat down again in February 2004 at WFUV he was working on some solo projects, but still very much a pivotal member of Bruce’s band and firmly established as one of the defining saxophone players of rock n’ roll.