Saturday, December 24, 2016

Bruce Springsteen releases final concert performance with Clarence Clemons

Bruce Springsteen has released the final E Street band concert performance with saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 69 following complications from a massive stroke.

The group’s November 22, 2009 concert at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY was a three-and-a-half-hour, 35-song marathon that included a rare performance of Springsteen’s 1973 debut, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.", in its entirety.

In addition to Clemons’ last arena show with the E Street Band, the event also marked the final date on the group’s tour in support of the singer’s sixteenth album, “Working On A Dream.”

The Buffalo concert is available to download now through the Live Bruce Springsteen site, with a physical release scheduled for January 23.

Clemons teamed up with Springsteen in 1972 as part of the rocker’s original band, becoming his most visible sidekick in concert and, later, alongside his band leader on the cover of his landmark 1975 album, “Born To Run.”

The sax legend had a history of health problems in his final years, including hip and two double-knee replacement surgeries, as well as spinal fusion surgery before suffering a stroke in 2011. He appeared to be on the mend after two brain surgeries before ultimately passing away a week later.

Clemons last performed with Springsteen and the E Street Band in December of 2010 at Asbury Park's Carousel House for a special web broadcast taping.

Clemons’ nephew, Jake, filled his uncle’s role in the E Street Band when he joined the touring lineup in 2012.

NOTE: Fan-filmed videos from the 2009 Buffalo show featured below do NOT include official audio as featured on the new release.

See also:

Bruce Springsteen memoir tops New York Times Best Sellers list
Bruce Springsteen: Chapter And Verse debuts on US charts
VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen interviewed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning
Search Bruce Springsteen at hennemusic