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Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band Announce 2012 World Tour, We Start Jumping Up And Down For Joy

You know it’s going to be a good day when you wake up to news that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced a world tour for 2012, because that’s the day you can dream about having your own Courtney Cox “Dancing In The Dark” style moment. We’ve also turned our thoughts to the late Clarence Clemons, whose death earlier this year rocked this tight knit unit to its core. This will be the first official tour the band is embarking on without the iconic saxophone player, and we’re sure that while his absence will be felt, his legacy will be carried on with love and affection by his surviving bandmates.

With dates released for the UK leg of the tour (below), and The Boss’s European sojourn scheduled for the middle of May until the end of July, the US and the rest of the world must wait with baited breath for the rest of the tour dates to be released. If that wasn’t enough to get you into your party pants, Bruce and the band have also announced that there’s a new album in the works, although they candidly admit that “we have almost settled on the release date (but not quite yet).” Either way, there’s plenty to look forward to from The Boss in 2012, and that’s a good thing.

Well, things are starting to heat up down on E Street [BruceSpringsteen.net]

[Photos: Getty Images]

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Last Lap: Wednesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

MISSY ELLIOTT SPEAKS ON HER BEHIND THE MUSIC EPISODE: “I THOUGHT, ‘LET ME REINTRODUCE MYSELF’”
Missy Elliott talked to Gerrick D. Kennedy at Pop & Hiss about her ongoing collaboration with Timbaland, the legacy of Aaliyah, and her Behind the Music episode, which premieres tonight at 10PM ET/PT. Also check out our sneak peeks of the episode, which will get you excited for the episode, and also remind you that Missy looks like a Gmail Robot in the video for “Sock It 2 Me.” [Pop & Hiss/LAT]

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN POSTS HIS CLARENCE CLEMONS EULOGY
Get out the tissues and read his touching tribute. It’s worth it. [BruceSpringsteen.net]

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Shearer’s Spotlight: Remembering Clarence Clemons

Each Friday here on the VH1 Blog, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer?s Spotlight with us. This feature will include three things ?sometimes related, sometimes not!? that Jim is obsessing over this week. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 countdown when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT tomorrow morning. Oh, and don’t forget, our brand new Top 20 site makes voting for your favorite videos easier than ever!

Last Saturday night, we lost rock n? roll icon Clarence Clemons. Immediately following his death, tributes from around the world poured forth on the Internet.

If you really think about it, the mark he left on popular music is somewhat unbelievable; Clemons was best known for his work in Bruce Springsteen?s E Street Band, where he wasn?t a frontman, didn?t play lead guitar, pluck a bass, or even sit on a throne behind a drum kit. He was a saxophonist.

Let me say that again: He was a saxophonist!

Unless you?re hanging out with fans of smooth jazz or ska music, saxophone players usually aren?t revered as music royalty?especially in mainstream rock n? roll?but Clarence Clemons was, and always will be.

Here are three reasons why I think the (appropriately nicknamed) ?Big Man? was the man:

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Big Man R.I.P.: The Top Five Non-E Street Band Performances By The Late Clarence Clemons

The Big Man, Clarence Clemons, passed on Saturday due to complications from his recent stroke. He was 69. Saxophonist Clemons was perhaps the most essential member of the E Street Band, but his appearance on Lady Gaga’s latest single “Edge of Glory” is a potent reminder of the range of his body of work outside Bruce Springsteen collaborations. Here are his five best:

5. Ian Hunter, “All of the Good Ones Are Taken”
Clemons has a really great solo two-and-change minutes into the title track off Ian Hunter’s 1983 album All of the Good Ones Are Taken (though a stand-in appears in the music video). Without his performance, this Mott the Hoople member’s solo effort wouldn’t have had its single (especially since guitarist Mick Ronson only played on one song). This largely forgotten video used to get a lot of play on local and syndicated non-MTV video shows.
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R.I.P. Clarence Clemons (1942-2011)

Sad news to pass along this evening: Clarence “Big Man” Clemons, the renowned saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, passed away earlier this evening as a result of complications from the stroke he suffered earlier this week.

We’d like to pay our respects to The Big Man by programming 24 hours of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band on VH1 Classic. Starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday night, we’ll be airing the concert films Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live in New York City (2000) and Live In Barcelona (2002) back-to-back for 24 consecutive hours.

Clemons first rose to prominence in 1971 after agreeing to team up with fellow Asbury Park, NJ musician Bruce Springsteen. The Bruce Springsteen Band, as they were called back then, didn’t make it very far, but Bruce reconstituted the group a few years later under the moniker of the E Street Band and, as they say, the rest is history. Clemons became an instrumental part of Springsteen’s band, contributing some of the most famous sax solos in music history on songs like “Born To Run” and “Jungleland,” and was such an integral part of Springsteen’s creative process that The Boss wrote the song “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and included their origin story as part of one of the verses.

Earlier this evening, Springsteen released the following statement about Clemons:
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Lady Gaga, Little Monsters Offer “Big Hug” To Clarence “Big Man” Clemons

In the first official word following saxophonist Clarence Clemons‘s stroke on Sunday, Bruce Springsteen released a statement about his ailing E Street Band member stating that “all initial signs are encouraging” and that “this is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.”

Lady Gaga couldn’t wait that long. On Monday she tweeted a request for get-well messages and by this morning the Haus of Gaga had edited together and uploaded a thirteen-minute video of messages from Gaga and her Little Monsters, viewable above. Gaga recorded her introduction just after taping yesterday’s performance, for the French X Factor quarterfinals, of “Edge of Glory” and “Judas.”

In all, the video is a touching tribute, and while young, female fans predominate, the montage does serve to showcase the wide range of Little Monsters out there?like this shirtless bro with the I Want to Believe poster, who jammed Clemons’s “Thunder Road” solo in the background of his message:

We can only echo the sentiments of everyone involved in the video. Get well soon, Big Man.

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Clarence Clemons, Famed Saxophonist And Springsteen/Gaga Collaborator, Suffers Stroke

Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke at his home last night at his home in Florida, an AP source confirmed after an initial Showbiz411 report surfaced last night. The Showbiz411 story suggests that the stroke was extremely serious, but there has not yet been confirmation nor denial of this report.

Clemons, the legendary saxophone player from Bruce Springsteen?s E Street Band, has also had a long history of guest appearances?most recently on several tracks of Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way. He also wrote a partially fictional memoir last fall. We wish him the best in his recovery, as does Lady Gaga, who sent this Tweet out earlier this morning:

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Lady Gaga Explores The Joy Of Sax On Her New Single, “Edge of Glory”

A mere weekend after the video premiere of “Judas,” Lady Gaga has released “Edge of Glory,” the third-and-counting track from the forthcoming Born This Way, to radio stations nationwide. It doesn’t have a provocative “hook” to it, as the righteous “Born This Way” and the religious “Judas” did (which may explain why the song went straight to radio), but that doesn’t matter because its musical hook steamrolls the other two songs with ease.

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