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Jun232011

New Jersey Flying Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Clarence Clemons

Harry Scott/Redferns(TRENTON, N.J.) -- New Jersey is paying tribute to late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons on Thursday by having flags flown at half-staff throughout the state "in special recognition of his contributions to the state, people, and culture of New Jersey," according to the governor's website.

Gov. Chris Christie issued a statement praising the beloved Bruce Springsteen sideman, who passed away Saturday from complications of a stroke.

"Clarence Clemons represented the soul and spirit of New Jersey," said Christie. "His partnership with Bruce Springsteen and the rest of the E Street Band brought great pride to our state and joy to every fan of this music around the world."

The governor, a die-hard Springsteen fan, added, "On a personal note, when I heard about the Big Man's passing on Saturday night, I was struck with an overwhelming feeling that the days of my youth were now finally over.  My condolences to Clarence's family and all the members of the E Street Band."

On another note, new details have emerged about the private memorial service held for Clemons on Tuesday in Palm Beach, Florida, including specifics about the previously-reported eulogy delivered by Springsteen.

"Clarence was a man of unconditional love, but his love came with a lot of conditions," the Boss said, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. "He was a complex guy...an ongoing project.  But when you were in his presence, it was like being in a sovereign nation."

The newspaper also reported that Springsteen performed a solo version of his classic "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" during the service, while he, the E Street Band and Jackson Browne played a rendition of Browne and Clemons' 1985 duet "You're a Friend of Mine" to close out the proceedings.

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