By Ron Matz

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s a sad day for Bruce Springsteen fans. They’re mourning the passing of Clarence Clemons, the legendary saxophone player for the E Street Band.

Clemons was a graduate from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Ron Matz reports on how his fans are remembering him and the Springsteen concert in Maryland about a year ago.

The heart and soul of the E Street Band, Clarence Clemons, died Saturday from complications of a stroke. Just over a year ago Bruce Springsteen played at the 1st Mariner Arena.

“I remember walking out, his first song, and turning around and seeing a sold-out house. It was the largest attended show in the history of the arena, 14,629 people. It was absolutely phenomenal,” said Frank Remesch, General Manager of 1st Mariner Arena.

Remesch says a photo of Clemons on stage at the arena will be a lasting memory.

“Clarence Clemons passing is just horrible. He was a legend and a pillar in the community and industry. It’s a very sad day,” said Remesch.

They called Clemons “The Big Man” and around the country Springsteen Nation is mourning his loss.

Clarence Clemons was also an actor. He came to Baltimore to appear in two episodes of “The Wire.”

He was best known for his music. He was part of 21 Springsteen albums. He played 40 years with the Boss, including that memorable night in Baltimore.

“Having Clarence and Bruce in this building, they’re icons of the music world and industry. It was another feather in the cap of Baltimore,” said Remesch.

The Bruce Springsteen concert in November 2009 drew the biggest crowd in the near 50-year history of the arena. The show was attended by 14,629.


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