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What Happens Without Clarence?

Adversity can destroy or solidify a band.  Losing a member as central to a band's identity as Clarence Clemons was to the E Street Band raises all sorts of questions as to whether and how the band carries on without him. Bruce Springsteen himself addressed that in a recent online post, writing, 'with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.'  While that stops short of stating that the E Street Band will carry on, it seems evident that plans are for just that to happen. Still, the void Clemons leaves is far more considerable than that of past members that have gone on to other things or passed away.  The significance of his role in some songs makes it seem likely they may be retired from the set list.  Jungleland comes immediately to mind as a song that may never be performed live again by the E Street Band. The again, Bruce just might take that, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out and Spirit In The Night and make an opus to The Big Man out of them that gets played regularly.


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