Yes, “Atlantic City” was next, but E Street Nation had a special moment in Gothenburg, Sweden the night before last and I just couldn’t let that moment pass.
When this series first encoutered “Jungleland,” I was pretty sure we’d be seeing the song again. The announcement hadn’t been made as to the next configuration of the E Street Band. I was pulling for Jake Clemons to take on his uncle’s role in the band. What has come to pass has been quite a success: Bruce decided to bring along a horn section (with Ed Manion) with Jake stepping into the spotlight.
Jake’s statement on the passing of Clarence needs to be restated
People have been saying to me “It’s up to you now,” “You carry the torch,” “You are the legacy.” But this job is not one to be fulfilled by any single person; Clarence was more than a saxophone player, he was an ambassador with a mission to spread Love and Joy to the world. It’s up to all of us now. We must carry the torch. We must all be His Legacy.
And this is pretty much what has happened. Jake hasn’t really replaced his uncle. Nobody expected him to because the task is impossible. And yet the fans have risen up to cheer Jake on as his confidence has expanded.
Although I stated that I was pretty sure this song would be back during the next tour, I was becoming more and more certain that Bruce was saving it for a tour-ending statement. Well, I forgot about Clarence’s special relationship with Sweden. The moment captured below was indeed a special one. “Jungleland” was played as the next to last song in Gothenburg, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Jake took that solo and it felt like the healing had begun.
Up next: “Atlantic City”