U2 salute to E Street Band’s Clarence Clemons in Anaheim
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U2 promptly paid homage Saturday to E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons after his death several hours earlier in Florida from complications of a stroke he suffered June 12.
At the second performance on the band’s two-night stand at Anaheim Stadium on its 360 Tour, Bono gave a solemn introduction to the song “Moment of Surrender,” asking for the lights to be dimmed and then urging concert-goers to turn their thoughts to Clemons and the members of the E Street Band.
“I want you to think about the beautiful symphonic sound that came out of one man’s saxophone,” Bono told the crowd. “I want you to think about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band of brothers. I want you to think of Clarence Clemons. This man just carried music and music carried him until this day.”
The rendition of “Moment of Surrender” that followed, and now posted on YouTube, incorporated a snippet of Springsteen’s “Jungleland,” the “Born to Run” epic that includes Clemons’ expansive, now-classic solo.
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-- Randy Lewis