[photogallerylink id=48463 align=right] [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm] released a statement on longtime E-Street Band saxophone player Clarence Clemons. While he remains hospitalized, Clemons’ condition has sparked optimism in Springsteen’s voice.

Bruce released the following statement on Clemons’ stroke and hospitalization via his official website Tuesday:

By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke. While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again.

He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family.

I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern. This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.

Clemons has served as the saxophone player and backup vocalist for the E-Street Band since its inception in 1972, and has released a couple of solo records as well.

He toured with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band on the now-legendary Born in the U.S.A. tour in 1985, when the band literally toured around the world in support of the classic album for over a year.

Whether Clemons will be able to recover the ability to play any concert with Springsteen and the band, let alone a world tour like that one, is unfortunately in doubt.

Springsteen news hub Backstreets.com reported Thursday that a close friend of Clemons described an “upbeat” mood in the hospital that afternoon.

His family also released the email address notestoclarence@clarenceclemons.com for fans to send their messages of support for the ailing saxophonist.

We will post updates on Clemons’ condition as it is announced.


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