Remembering The Big Man
“…my soul is lost, my friend….”
~ My City of Ruins, Bruce Springsteen
Saturday evening, my wife was out with a friend. My kids were asleep, I was finishing up dinner, trying to get into Inception.
At some point, I checked my Twitter feed and noticed that RIP Clarence Clemons was a trending topic. (yes, Twitter is how I often get my news now). I did a quick Google search and found out, from RollingStone.com that the legendary saxophonist of the E Street Band had passed away due to complications from the stroke he suffered last week.
I think we fans all knew this news was inevitable. The Big Man had been not well lately. When The Geek Whisperer and I saw Springsteen and the E Street Band opening night of the last stand at Giants Stadium back in 2009, Clarence spent most of the show seated. He had had a couple of knee surgeries and his diabetes was getting worst. He was 69, but there was a lot miles on that big frame.
But still, as David wrote in his review of that concert, Jungleland, that night, was majestic. Holy, even. Thanks to Clarence and his sax. His sax gave the E Street Band its SOUL – yes, all caps. That kind of soul.
Still…his time had come.
Even before I had found out that Clarence had passed, I had ask my family to Asbury Park and spend some time on Father’s Day there. It’s a short drive for us, would be a nice day, we could stroll the boardwalk, maybe get some ice cream and go on the beach.
But with this news, though, I knew I wanted head down there. I wanted to head down to 2nd Ave at Ocean, a block in from Kingsley Avenue, and check out The Stone Pony. The tribute, I knew, would be fitting a very big man.
To be honest, it was a bit subdued. I guess I had expected more of a turnout at the Stone Pony. Maybe it was just the time I was there (late in the afternoon on Sunday). There were a few people that were looking at the tributes set up outside the venue. And a nice arrangement of flowers and photos on the Stone Pony stage. Nothing too over the top though.
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