When E Street Band sax man Clarence Clemons passed away in June, many wondered if Bruce Springsteen would, or could, hit the road again without the Big Man in the band. Fears were assuaged when Springsteen started announcing tour dates -- including March 28 and 29 in Philly -- but the question remained: Who would replace Clarence?
Fans got their answer in a message on BruceSpringsteen.net:
The expanded lineup for this Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tour features singers Cindy Mizelle and Curtis King, trombonist Clark Gayton and trumpeter Curt Ramm, all of whom have toured with Bruce Springsteen in the past, along with newcomer Barry Danielian on trumpet. E Street stalwart Eddie Manion and first time tour member Jake Clemons will share the saxophone role.
The most notable name is the last one. Jake Clemons is the nephew of Clarence and was the rumored replacement (see him pictured above with Clarence and Bruce). Springsteen is no stranger to touring with his bandmates' kids. When drummer Max Weinberg had to miss some of the E Street Band's last tour because of his gig as the bandleader on Conan O'Brien's show, his son Jay Weinberg sat in for his pops.
It's good to know that as long as E Street-ers keep pumping out the progeny, Spingsteen can keep touring.
Jake Clemons doesn't only play the sax. You can listen to his new EP, "It's On," below.