Clarence Clemons (1942–2011)

Have a save journey, meet you further on up the road…

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Clarence doesn’t leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die.
– Bruce Springsteen

Hard times come, and hard times go… New song! Giants Stadium, 2009-10-02.

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The only Boss I listen to:

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More clips from Munich on YouTube.

2009-07-02, Olympiastadion, München

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band live in Munich! A stadium show on a hot summer night; though I was sceptical, Olympiastadium is very nice — and even nicer from the pit in front of the stage.

And what a night: My eight show was one of the best with the E Street Band! This ‘wow, awesome’ feeling was there immediately, I was crying already at the third song, and singing all night long. The band was great: Max was here!, though Clarence could hardly move, he got his (few) solos right, and Nils is awesome but underemployed.

The difference to the last tour was a very loose Bruce, having fun and celebrating a big party (not only Roy’s birthday). Inflatable cake , paper plane, and squeaking toy dragon included. Plus, the neck breaking speed of the Magic Tour was gone, with a great setlist (though, next night’s Frankfurt set was stellar).

Highlights were a fun Spirit in the Night, Seeds (great guitar) and Atlantic City, Seven Night To Rock, and a beautiful The River (steaming hot in Glastonbury). After a sign request brought an impromtu This Hard Land (pulled from a numbered envelope), the most memorable moment was the request for Orbison’s Pretty Woman for Roy’s birthday. That sign just had to get his attention! Big thanks to the two Belgian guys for that work.

Hard Times was a final highlight (and Cindy very hot), but still not the end of a 2:50 hrs show…


Muss I denn zum Städtele hinaus aka Wooden Heart [Nils solo]
My Lucky Day
No Surrender
Outlaw Pete
Spirit in the Night
Working on a Dream
Johnny 99
Atlantic City
Seven Nights to Rock
This Hard Land
Pretty Woman
Because the Night
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
The Promised Land
The River
Kingdom of Days
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born to Run
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
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Hard Times
Bobby Jean
American Land
Detroit Medley
Glory Days
Dancing in the Dark

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Of course, that’s what Pete’s done his whole life. He sings all the verses all the time, especially the ones that we’d like to leave out of our history as a people.

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As Pete and I traveled to Washington for President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration, he told me the entire story of “We Shall Overcome”. How it moved from a labor movement song and with Pete’s inspiration had been adapted by the civil rights movement. That day as we sang “This Land Is Your Land” I looked at Pete, the first black president of the United States was seated to his right, and I thought of the incredible journey that Pete had taken. My own growing up in the sixties in towns scarred by race rioting made that moment nearly unbelievable and Pete had thirty extra years of struggle and real activism on his belt. He was so happy that day, it was like, Pete, you outlasted the bastards, man!…It was so nice. At rehearsals the day before, it was freezing, like fifteen degrees and Pete was there; he had his flannel shirt on. I said, man, you better wear something besides that flannel shirt! He says, yeah, I got my longjohns on under this thing.

And I asked him how he wanted to approach “This Land Is Your Land”. It would be near the end of the show and all he said was, “Well, I know I want to sing all the verses, I want to sing all the ones that Woody wrote, especially the two that get left out, about private property and the relief office.” (more…)

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Kinostart Deutschland: 26.02.2009!

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Bruce Springsteen “My Lucky Day”, from the upcoming album…

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…not only a good soundtrack. Can’t wait to see it!

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