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New E Street Band Can’t Replace Clarence Clemons, But Does Honor Him

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You can’t replace Clarence Clemons with one person. That’s the message that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have sent on the band’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ tour which comes to Buffalo’s First Niagara Center on April 13. Guitarist Nils Lofgren admitted as much when he said “We can’t be the band we were,” since Clemons died of a stroke shortly after his last show with the band in BuffaloThis tour is as much therapy for the band as it is a tour. Expect them to pay tribute to the big man a few times during their set. As for replacing Clemons, the band brought in 18 new members. Rather than just a saxophonist they added trombones, trumpets,violins, accordians, vocalists and a couple of saxophonists in addition to the current E Street Band main stays. And yes, that is Clarence Clemons nephew Jake who holds one of the saxaphones. That might make this Springsteen show in Buffalo the biggest yet. With so many memorable Buffalo shows, that may be hard to believe. But Springsteen doesn’t do it, if he can’t do it right.

Buffalo is Springsteen country, and his show here has been sold out for months. Luckily for you, we’re pack rats and have saved our last Bruce Springsteen tickets the weeks leading up to the show. Call 877-BUF-JACK whenever we play the Boss to qualify to win our last tickets. Join our Freeloader Club and we’ll email you the times to listen.

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