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.”