ARE WE MISSING ANYBODY?
Announcing Backstreets #91, our tribute to Clarence Clemons
One year ago today, the Springsteen community was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Clarence Clemons. “Deeply saddened” hardly says it — the Big Man’s death sent gut-deep shock waves up and down E Street, and we’re all still feeling it one year later, even as Springsteen and the band soldier on. “On through the houses of the dead, past those fallen in their tracks / Always movin’ ahead and never lookin’ back,” Springsteen first sang back in 1995; now, a loss this monumental demands we remember, night after night, that we’re missing somebody. Somebody big.
On this anniversary, we’re proud to announce the 91st issue of BackstreetsMagazine, a tribute to and celebration of Clarence’s life, music, and legacy. While this issue could never be big enough to capture all the facets of such an extraordinary man (Master of the universe! Best selling author! The next president of the United States!), we’ve worked hard to include the voices of many who knew and loved the man. In our tribute to “Phantom” Danny Federici, we focused on the E Street Band’s perspective, to give insight into their most mysterious member at the time of the band’s first loss; to celebrate Clarence’s life, we widened our focus to try and reflect that broad spectrum that is the Big Man.