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Saying goodbye to the Big Man

Posted on 18 June 2012 (0)

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A year ago I had to sit down and figure out how to write Clarence Clemons’ obituary for Backstreets, which remains one of the hardest things I have ever done. (It’s at the bottom of that page.)

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“For Clarence”

Posted on 21 July 2011 (0)

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It was inevitable, it being New Jersey, and it went on all night – adding “Promised Land” at the end of ISHFWILF, thanking Bruce for the loan of the hall, getting the crowd to “Bruuuuce” them. It was inevitable, and I knew it was coming, but when Bono went to the front of the stage and pulled out the sign – and that person had to have gotten online at the stroke of dawn to get that spot – it didn’t make it any easier, as he proceeded to dedicate “Moment of Surrender” to the E Street Band. And again, again, even with all of that, even though I knew it was going to happen, I’d seen the video, I’d heard the song files from Oakland, Bono invoking the last verse of “Jungleland” in New Jersey, across the parking lot where we stood and watched them all there not that long ago – well, goddammit, you learn from the best, you Irish bastard.

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