Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are having to work twice as hard to prepare for their upcoming tour to figure out new arrangements following the death of bandmate Clarence Clemons last year (11).
The rockers were left devastated when the 69-year-old saxophonist passed away in June (11) after suffering complications following a stroke, and they have yet to decide how to fill the gap their friend left when they hit the road again later this year (12).
Guitarist Steven Van Zandt admits the late musician's absence isn't the only issue facing The Boss and his backing band as they plan to perform new tracks from Springsteen's latest album Wrecking Ball - because the songs are not in the style they're used to.
He tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "We usually only rehearse for a week or two. But the music is... interesting, and more difficult. And we have other things to figure out because of (the absence of) Clarence."
The Wrecking Ball Tour is due to kick off in Atlanta, Georgia in March (12).