On Thursday, Bruce Springsteen and Co. officially filled one of the biggest voids in music by announcing that longtime saxophonist Clarence Clemons’ spot would be filled by his nephew, Jake, for their impending world tour. The major announcement ended months of speculation that had followed Clemons’ death last June, and will likely accomplish one of the hardest things to do in music – successfully replacing an icon.
Clemons has already produced his own successful music career, most recently touring with The Swell Season, The Frames, and appearing on Marketa Irglova’s 2011 solo record Anar. Clemons has also accumulated work with Eddie Vedder and Will Smith.
Long After Dark had the pleasure of purchasing what had been billed by Clemons himself as, “an extremely limited EP,” for $5.00 at Philadelphia’s Theater of the Living Arts in 2010. Clemons, who had secured a spot opening for The Frames’ U.S. Tour that fall, dazzled the audience as he introduced some material that was still five months shy of being made available as a digital download on itunes. The four-song EP, which was literally a burned CD in a plastic sleeve with #2 (he said limited) written across the top right corner, was a terrific collection of material that was best represented by the song “Love’ll Never Change.”
Longtime New Jersey musician Eddie Manion (Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes), who has joined Springsteen for The Boss’ past solo gigs, was also announced as being in the band’s touring lineup. Manion has previously played with Gary U.S. Bonds, Graham Parker, and Bon Jovi.