Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN) – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band lost saxophonist Clarence Clemons in 2011 when the 69-year-old “Big Man” passed away following a stroke. On Thursday, The Boss announced the addition of two new saxophonists to the band, and one is Clemon’s nephew.
In keeping things in the family, Jake Clemons will take over on sax during the band’s upcoming world tour. He also plays the guitar and piano.
Jake Clemons played at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1992, and he will split saxophone duties with Eddie “Kingfish” Manion on tour as the band highlights its new E Street album “Wrecking Ball.”
Manion is a tenor and baritone saxman who has been with the E Street Band for years. He has performed live with the band dating back to the 1976 Born to Run tour. He also performed with the band during their halftime performance at Super Bowl XLIII.
Springsteen also confirmed that the expanded tour lineup will feature singers Cindy Mizelle and Curtis King, trombonist Clark Clayton and Curt Ramm on trumpet. All have collaborated with him in the past. Touring with the band for the first time is trumpeter Barry Danielian.
But it is the inclusion of Clemons that will touch Springsteen fans who are still mourning the loss of Clarence. Jake recently headlined shows in tribute to his iconic and much loved uncle.
Springsteen and the E Street Band are set to perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
The ‘Wrecking Ball” album hits stores on March 6. The group is scheduled to kick off the U.S. leg of their world tour on March 18 in Atlanta.
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