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Rock pays tribute to Clarence Clemons

Written by Barnaby Smith on June 21, 2011

The tributes are rolling in from the music world for Clarence Clemons, esteemed saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band who died on June 18 after suffering from a stroke a week beforehand.

A comprehensive list is reported by Spinner, but some choice cuts are:

* During a show at Angel Stadium at Anaheim, California, U2‘s Bono said in the encore, “I want you to think about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. I want you to think of Clarence Clemons. This man has carried music, and music carried him until this day.”

* Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder changed the name of the song Better Man to Bigger Man during a solo show in Hartford, Connecticut, after hearing of Clemons’ death mid-way through the gig.

* Chris Martin of Coldplay posted on the band’s official website, “RIP our favourite saxophone player, Clarence ‘Big Man’ Clemons.”

* Former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash took to Twitter to pay his respects, saying “Clarence Clemons was one of the finest musicians/people in this business. He will be sorely missed. RIP”

* Def Leppard wrote on Twitter, “The Leppard family would like to pass on their sincerest condolences to Clarence Clemons’ family, and to Bruce and the E-Street Band.”

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