[pullquote quote=”This man just carried music, and music carried him, until this day.” credit=”Bono on Clarence Clemons”]Before singing “Moment of Surrender” at the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]U2[/lastfm] concert in Anaheim Saturday, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bono[/lastfm] paid tribute to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Clarence Clemons[/lastfm].
The [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band[/lastfm] saxophonist had died earlier that day.
[photogallerylink id=62667 align=left]Bono told the audience, “I want you to think about the beautiful symphonic sound that came out of one man’s saxophone. I want you to think about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band — brothers. I want you to think of Clarence Clemons. This man just carried music, and music carried him, until this day.”
Plus Bono added lyrics from the E Street song “Jungleland” at the end of the song.
One week after suffering a stroke, Clemons died at his Florida home. He was 69.
He underwent two brain surgeries while hospitalized, but in his last days his condition continued to worsen.
Clemons last performance with the E Street Band was in December 2010.
Clemons also had an acting career, with cameos in the films New York, New York (1977), Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and Fatal Instinct (1993) and in the TV shows Nash Bridges, The Wire and The Simpsons.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm]’s “Edge of Glory” video that was just released features a contribution from him where he is shown on a stoop playing his sax.
Bruce Springsteen’s message to the saxophonist: “Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.”