Slash, U2, Bruce Springsteen and Others Pay Tribute to the Late Clarence Clemons

Yesterday, June 18, 2011, E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons passed away at age 69. The longtime Bruce Springsteen collaborator had been in the hospital since suffering a stroke the weekend before, and died from related complications.

Musicians everywhere have already paid their respects in a number of ways.

Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash posted on his Twitter account that Clemons "was one of the finest musicians/people in this business."

Longtime friend/collaborator Bruce Springsteen posted the following message on his website after learning of Clemons' death: "Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage."

U2 frontman Bono took a moment during their show in Anaheim, California, last night to ask fans to remember the late saxophonist. "I want you to think about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band," he said. "I want you to think of Clarence Clemons. This man has carried music, and music carried him until this day."

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Josh Hart

Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.