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Southside Johnny and Little Steven Remember Clarence Clemons During Jersey Gig

Oktober Promotion/Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images
Oktober Promotion/Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Longtime Jersey compadres Southside Johnny and “Little” Steven Van Zandt reflected musically on Clarence Clemons and other friends recently lost during a Saturday evening performance at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park.

Asbury Jukes member Ed Manion performed the signature ‘Jungleland’ solo on saxophone as images of departed E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons were projected on a screen behind the band.

The occasion for Saturday’s show, which featured a number of special guests, was a full album performance of the Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul album ‘Men Without Women’ by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jokes. As Blogness on the Edge of Town reports, the rumored attendance of Little Steven came true, although he opted not to participate in the performance of the album.

Instead, he joined Johnny for an extended set near the end of the show, performing a selection of favorites, including ‘This Time It’s for Real,’ ‘Broke Down Piece of Man’ and ‘I Don’t Want to Go Home.’

Van Zandt spoke about the recent losses of Clemons, former Asbury Juke Kevin Kavanaugh and record man Steve Popovich. Van Zandt credited Popovich with having the guts to sign a band with horns, which was a bold move for the time period.

Little Steven and Southside Johnny closed out their collaborative set with a performance of another song co-written by Van Zandt, ‘It’s Been a Long Time,’ which poignantly features the lyric “Raise your glass for the comrades we’ve lost/ My friend it’s been a long, long, time.”

Watch Southside Johnny and Little Steven Perform ‘I Don’t Want To Go Home’ at Last Night’s Show


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