E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons had to take an unexpected break during a Sunday night concert in Asbury Park, N.J., because of a bomb scare. Clemons, who was recording four weekend shows at
E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons had to take an unexpected break during a Sunday night concert in Asbury Park, N.J., because of a bomb scare. Clemons, who was recording four weekend shows at the legendary Stone Pony nightclub for a live album, was called off stage about 90 minutes into his first set.
He quickly returned to tell the crowd of about 1,500 that there was "a situation" and that they would have to take a break. Fans were guided out to a sidewalk while two bomb-sniffing dogs went through the club.
The dogs found nothing and police let the crowd back in about a half-hour later. "Welcome back to the second half of the show that will never end," Clemons told the crowd as he retook the stage. The Asbury Park Press reports that the bomb threat is under investigation by local authorities.
The club was jammed in hopes that Clemons' E Street Band boss, Bruce Springsteen, might join him on stage, as he did the night before. On Saturday night, Springsteen played four songs with Clemons -- "Pink Cadillac," "Raise Your Hand," "Mustang Sally," and "Glory Days" -- to close the show.
According to a post on the Stone Pony's official Web site, Clemons' as-yet-untitled live album will be a double-disc set, featuring a 12-piece band. The album is being engineered by Toby Scott, who handled the same chores for Springsteen's "Live in New York City" (Columbia).
And while Springsteen didn't make it to the Pony on Sunday to join Clemons, he was again on stage in New Jersey over the long holiday weekend. Yesterday (Sept. 3), the Boss joined local cover band Brian Kirk & the Jirks at Donovan's Reef in Sea Bright, where, according to a manager at the club, he watched the band before leading them through renditions of four of his songs. With wife and E Street Band member Patti Scialfa singing backup, Springsteen played "Rosalita," "10th Avenue Freeze-Out," "Mustang Sally," and "Jersey Girl," before wishing the crowd a happy Labor Day.
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