Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Legendary Saxophonist Clarence "The Big Man" Clemons On WRGW
Clarence "The Big Man" Clemons, the saxaphone player most known for being a member of the legendary E-Street Band, joined Pat Baranowski and Jesse Regis for an interview about the latest tour and his new book Big Man: Real Life and Tall Tales, which will be released October 21st.
The candid discussion touched a number of subjects related to the tour including how Clarence feels about playing full albums.
Currently, the E-Street band is playing full albums at select shows. Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., and Darkness on the Edge of Town have all been featured. Greetings from Asbury Park is the album that Clarence said he would most enjoy playing in its entirety, and Clarence said he would enjoy the chance to play the album in New Jersey.
The Wild the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle?, "He might do that," Clarence said referring to Springsteen's thinking.
What about playing the 20-song 83 minute 47 second The River? "That'd be a long show but it would be a great one," he said.
During shows there is a segment where signs with song requests are collected from the audience.
"That's one of the joys in my life, to pick a song that we've never played before and we just do them. That's the confidence you have in a band that's been together for over 38 years," he said. "Years ago we would never, ever do that. We would rehearse something it until it was down to every breath."
Clarence said that it would take a lot of people holding signs saying "You're a Friend of Mine," for him to play the 80's hit that had him collaborating with Jackson Browne, but the Big Man didn't rule out the possibility of it showing up on Thursday or Friday night at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands saying that he'd hold up the sign with the suggestion himself if he could.
The band is playing a new song on this leg of the current tour. "Wrecking Ball," is the first song played at the Giant Stadium shows in acknowledgment of the venues closing at the end of the football season. The final concerts will be the current Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band shows.
"It just blew my mind, we learned it in sound check," he said.
Whose going to open the new Giants Stadium? "I don't know. We closed this one so I hope we can get the invite to do it."
Asked if he had any other projects coming up Clarence said he plans on taking the honeymoon he hasn't taken yet, fishing, and working with his band Temple of Soul to finish an album.
Go pre-order his book "Big Man: Real Life and Tall Tales," released October 21st, 2009.