Bruce Springsteen: 'I cried when I heard Clarence Clemons on 'Wrecking Ball''

Singer says he burst into tears when he heard his friend playing on 'Land Of Hopes And Dreams'

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Bruce Springsteen has spoken about the death of his longtime saxophone player Clarence Clemons and revealed that he cried when he first heard Clemons' saxophone parts on his new album 'Wrecking Ball'.

Clemons passed away in June last year after suffering a stroke and did not record any parts for Springsteen's new album 'Wrecking Ball'.

However, after Clemons' death, the album's producer Ron Aniello used a live recording of the album's track 'Land Of Hopes And Dreams' and used Clemons' part and put it into a studio version.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Springsteen spoke about the first time he heard the studio version of 'Land Of Hope And Dreams', saying: "When the solo section hit, Clarence's sax filled the room. I cried."

Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Clarence Clemons' nephew Jake will be taking over from his uncle as the touring saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, sharing sax duties with long-time member Eddie Manion on the band's new tour.

Bruce Springsteen will perform an intimate show tomorrow night (March 15) at this year's SXSW festival. The singer, who is also the keynote speaker at the music industry conference and festival, will be performing on the evening of March 15 at a small, undisclosed venue in the city. Check NME.COM later this week for a full report from the show.

Springsteen will also tour the UK this summer, playing shows at Sunderland's Stadium of Light, Manchester's Etihad Stadium, Isle Of Wight Festival in June and London Hard Rock Calling in July.

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