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Bruce Springsteen honors Clarence Clemons at epic Apollo Theater show -- VIDEO

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took the stage together for their first full concert since the June passing of saxophonist Clarence Clemons, kicking off their Wrecking Ball tour at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater. An exclusive benefit show celebrating 10 years of SiriusXM radio — and raising money for WhyHunger charity — it was the band’s first-ever official performance at the historic venue, and the buzz rippling through the pre-concert happy hour felt more like a big heavyweight title fight downtown at the Garden. There was Elvis Costello and Paul Rudd. There was Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, and there was the entire Tom Hanks clan. Tommy Hilfiger and Harry Belafonte, Pat Riley and Tom Coughlin, Bill Bradley and Brian Williams — you practically couldn’t move without spilling red wine on some famous Friend of Bruce.

“People are going to be talking about this concert for many, many years to come,” announced SiriusXM CEO Mel Karmazin before the main event officially got under way. But he didn’t get the privilege of introducing the evening’s star. That honor was reserved for the Boss himself, who playfully mimicked James Brown’s entrance from the soul singer’s 1962 show at the Apollo. “Ladies and gentleman, are you ready for showtime?” he intoned, before describing himself as “the hardest working white man in show business.” READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen joins the efforts to find a missing Boston College student

Bruce Springsteen‘s latest anthem is called “We Take Care of Our Own,” and the legendary musician is doing his part to help in the search for a missing person. Springsteen’s eldest son is a senior at Boston College, where fellow student Franco Garcia has been missing since being last seen at an area bar on Feb. 22. The rocker’s official Twitter sent out a post on Wednesday that read, “Help find Boston College student Franco Garcia. Last seen 2/22/12 in Brighton, MA. Call 617-796-2100 with any info” and attached the official missing person’s poster for Garcia. READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen hires new sax players, releases video for 'We Take Care of Our Own': Watch it here

A few weeks ago, Bruce Springsteen announced his triumphant return with news of a new album called Wrecking Ball, another massive tour in support of said record, and a fresh single called “We Take Care of Our Own.”

Today brings the new video for “We Take Care,” which puts Springsteen by himself (no other E Streeters appear) alternately on a rooftop and stomping through locations from The Wrestler. It’s pretty basic, but it gets the point across.

Really, the strangest aspect of the video is the fact that the lyrics run over the action. It’s not like his mumbling through Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” a video that needed subtitles so badly that MTV actually added them during select airings.

Regardless, Springsteen’s passion for the song and the sentiment comes through in the clip, so get caught up in his stirring people-first patriotism below: READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen will swing his 'Wrecking Ball' all over the world: See the tour dates here

We love you, Landgraaf!

That’s what Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band are slated to be shouting this summer, when they’ll be embarking on a massive international tour behind the forthcoming album Wrecking Ball.

The tour, which kicks off in Atlanta in mid-March (only a few days after Bruce’s scheduled keynote address at Austin’s annual South By Southwest Music Festival), will be the band’s first without longtime member Clarence Clemons, who passed away last summer. But the iconic saxman will still be there in spirit; as Springsteen’s eugoloy for Clemons put it, “Clarence doesn’t leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die.”

After a string of primarily East Coast dates (sorry, non-Californians west of the Mississippi), the Boss and company will be spreading the gospel of their seventeenth album (out March 6) in Europe. Check out the full list of tour dates below :

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Bruce Springsteen returns with new album, fresh single 'We Take Care of Our Own': Hear it here!

If you feel like your rock & roll has been lacking inspiration lately, there’s a guy in New Jersey who can take care of that. (Sorry, it’s not you, still-alive Jon Bon Jovi.)

On March 6, Bruce Springsteen will release Wrecking Ball, his first album of new material since 2009’s Working On a Dream. It’s the Boss’ 17th studio release and the first since the death of E Street Band stalwart Clarence Clemons. A long tour through both the U.S. and Europe will follow the album’s release.

“Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life,” Springsteen’s longtime manager Jon Landau said in a statement released to the press this morning. “The lyrics tell a story you can’t hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on Wrecking Ball.”

Fans can already start falling in love with the new album, as the first single “We Take Care of Our Own” is already online. Featuring a rugged backbeat, just the right amount of chiming, and slightly rawer production than we’re used to hearing from Jersey’s favorite son, it’s a pretty strong amalgam of classic Bruce and 21st-century Bruce. Give it a spin below: READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announce new record, tour for 2012

Bruce Springsteen fans can finally exhale a sigh of relief and start planning for another summer with the E Street Band. With the passing of saxophonist Clarence Clemons over the summer, the future of the E Street Band seemed uncertain. And though they will never be the same without Clemons, the band has opted to soldier on.

In an announcement made on their official website, the band confirmed that they will be touring in 2012, beginning with Europe dates (including stops at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland and the Hard Rock Calling in London) from mid-May until the end of July. After that, the band will head to the U.S. for yet-to-be-announced dates.

It seems the band, who assured “things are starting to heat up down on E Street,” will also be trying out some new material on the road next summer, telling fans in the statement, “We want you to know that the [new] music is almost done (but still untitled), we have almost settled on the release date (but not quite yet), and that we are all incredibly excited about everything that we’re planning for 2012. That’s all the info we have for right now, but we’ll get back to you — real soon.”

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Steve Van Zandt says E-Street Band will decide future soon

Steve Van Zandt says Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band will get together over the next couple of weeks to discuss how the band will proceed without Clarence Clemons. The saxophonist died in June following complications from a stroke.

Van Zandt said the band, which has periodically toured and recorded with Springsteen since 1972, will never be the same without Clemons. But then he added it wasn’t the same after keyboard player Danny Federici died in 2008.

Clemons provided the band with its trademark horn sound apparent on such hits as “Blinded By the Light,” ”Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” and “Jungleland.”

“That’s a void we will never replace,” Van Zandt said.

But the E-Street band guitarist feels they will still play music until the end because he says: “That’s what we do.”

Van Zandt made the comments while attending Ocean’s Kingdom in New York, a new ballet with music by Paul McCartney.

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Bruce Springsteen posts full Clarence Clemons eulogy online

The passing of legendary E Street Band saxophonist and “The Edge of Glory” guest star Clarence Clemons still cuts deep among his friends, family, colleagues and fans.

To continue his memorial to his friend and sideman, Bruce Springsteen posted a version of his eulogy for Clemons on his official site. As expected, it’s a touching, rousing, heartfelt statement about Clemons life and work.

“From the first time I saw my pal striding out of the shadows of a half empty bar in Asbury Park, a path opening up before him; here comes my brother, here comes my sax man, my inspiration, my partner, my lifelong friend,” Springsteen wrote about his first encounter with Clemons. “Standing next to Clarence was like standing next to the baddest ass on the planet. You were proud, you were strong, you were excited and laughing with what might happen, with what together, you might be able to do. You felt like no matter what the day or the night brought, nothing was going to touch you.”

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E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons dies at 69

Clarence Clemons, the longtime saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, died on Saturday of complications from a stroke. He was 69. “The Big Man,” as he was affectionately called, played in Springsteen’s band since 1972. READ FULL STORY

As Lady Gaga tweets her support for ill Clarence Clemons, we look back at the Big Man's extraordinary career

Lady Gaga has tweeted her support for Clarence Clemons, following the news that the famed saxophonist suffered a stroke over the weekend at his home in Florida.

The 69-year-old Clemons, a four-decade member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and the go-to sax man for countless other artists, had been particularly active lately, appearing on two singles—“Hair” and “The Edge of Glory”—on Gaga’s Born This Way, and performing with the pop star at the recent American Idol finale.

“Little monsters, my very close friend +musician on The Edge of Glory, Clarence Clemons is very sick,” the singer tweeted earlier today. “Can we all make some get well videos?” Of course, Clemons’ collaborations with Gaga are just the latest chapter in the storied career of the artist who has also worked with Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, and, yes, a certain Boss man, to name but a very few. READ FULL STORY

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