This was a tough week for a lot of Bruce Springsteen fans, hearing the news that our Big Man, Clarence Clemons, suffered a stroke this past Sunday evening. Very few details have been released, but it seems that things were looking pretty dire Sunday night.
By Monday his vital signs were stable. I'm not clear on the degree to which he was paralyzed, but there seems to have been improvement on that front, too. By Monday night he was conscious enough to squeeze the hands of friends and family, with both hands. A report in yesterday's Asbury Park Press suggested that Clarence's condition is still critical and that, while he may survive, he will have permanent neurological damage. Let's hope that if there is any damage, it ends up being minimal.
As always, it's hard to know the truth about his condition and prognosis for recovery, but Clarence is a fighter and he's got a lot of support in his corner, from all over the world.
In honour of the Big Man, this week features what may well be the biggest Friday Bruce Fix ever. It's mostly about Clarence, but I did slip a little Bruce in there at the end. Enjoy and send some love to the Big Man.
Opening the second set on the Darkness tour with 'Paradise By The C'.
Guest appearance on David Letterman, playing Bruce's 'From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)', followed by an interview.
Playing the US National Anthem on April 1, 2011.
No tribute to Clarence Clemons would be complete without this powerful version of 'Jungleland'. I've watched this performance many times over the years, but for the first time, when I hear Bruce's closing wail, I can hear Clarence's determination to win this battle.
Get Well Soon, Big Man!