Artie Lange Returns to Radio With Thoughts on Clarence Clemons, David Lee Roth, and Returning to the Stern Show
Comedian Artie Lange, best known for his years on the Howard Stern radio show, returned to the airwaves after an 18-month absence with humorous opinions on Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's future without Clarence Clemons, and the wisdom of David Lee Roth's attempt to become a morning radio personality.
Lange, who hasn't been heard from on the Stern show since his January 2010 suicide attempt, appears to be in great spirits, and based on the manager-provided photo from the studio, in good health. He spent three hours with his comedian friend Nick Dipaolo, filling in for Tony Bruno on Fox Sports Radio, discussing primarily sports subjects.
However, when a caller asked about the possibility of Clarence's saxophone-playing son, Nick, replacing his father in the E Street Band, Artie's music-loving side sprang to life: "Well, that's what they'd have to do, they'd almost have to get someone related. I tell you what, I would hate to be the guy who plays saxophone, when he comes up for that 'Born to Run' solo, and it's not Clarence Clemons, I for one... (jokingly) will boo."
When Dipaolo suggested such a move would be as difficult as Roth's attempt to take over Stern's slot after Howard departed for satellite radio, Lange quipped: "Right! The greatest decision in the history of show business."
Responding to a caller's desire for him to return to the Stern show, Lange said: "That would be the greatest thing ever. But listen, I was on the greatest show of all time for about nine years, and I put them in a very awkward situation, to say the least. So, what am I gonna do? I love them all, and they were great to me, I appreciate that."
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