This is the E Street Band’s first string of shows since the death of longtime saxophone player Clarence Clemons. The “Big Man” will not be replaced on this tour. The full-fledged E Street Band members are Roy Bittan (piano, synthesizer), Nils Lofgren (guitar, vocals), Patti Scialfa (guitar, vocals) and Garry Tallent (bass); Stevie Van Zandt (guitar, vocals), Max Weinberg (drums), Soozie Tyrell (violin/guitar) and Charles Giordano (keyboards) round out the lineup.
Expect the tour’s set list to be heavy on songs from the new album. It remains to be seen if the absence of Clemons and his imposing saxophone will result in other set-list shakeups.
Chris Richards reviewed Springsteen’s last local show at Verizon Center in November 2009.