Saturday, April 13, 2024

Clarence Clemons’ Funeral: Bruce, Jackson Browne, and Tributes


I’m a little off kilter because of traveling back and forth to Los Angeles during the week. But I didn’t want Clarence Clemons’ funeral to go unremarked upon here. According to reports in the Palm Beach newspaper and from the AP, the funeral– held on Tuesday–featured a beautiful eulogy from Bruce Springsteen, plus a solo acoustic rendering of “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out.” Nils Lofgren also played an instrumental solo, and Jackson Browne led the E Street Band on “You’re a Friend of Mine,” the 1985 hit he had with Clarence. Everyone was there, including Little Steven van Zandt. Here’s what Bruce said, according to the Palm Beach Daily News: “Clarence was a man of unconditional love, but his love came with a lot of conditions… He was a complex guy … an ongoing project. But when you were in his presence, it was like being in a sovereign nation.” According to the reports, Clarence’s ashes will be scattered in Hawaii. Condolences to the whole E Street family.

Thanks for everything, Big Man.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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