I was a huge fan of the E Street Band. I say was because with the death of Clarence, it’s over. True, keyboard player Danny Federici died in 2008. You could argue that that was the day the music died, but he was replaceable, not in our hearts and minds, but on tour. Clarence can’t be replaced. Oh, they can hire a sax player, maybe even an African American sax player, but it won’t be the same. Nobody will bring that Big Man brio to the music that Clarence did.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is the only touring act I go see anymore. I’ve been to a bunch over the years and there’s a sameness to them but it’s not about the music. It’s about worship. Bruce knows that. That’s why he does a little tongue in cheek act about “The Ministry of Rock and Roll.”
When Bruce and the band comes to Hartford next without Clarence, I’ll still go see them. They may even call themselves the E Street Band, I don’t care. Whatever they decide, it’ll be the best rock and roll America ever produced on record. England gave us the Beatles, Ireland gave us U2, New Jersey gave us Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Heaven gave us Clarence Clemons. He’s back home now.