Little Big Man: Clarence Clemons' Nephew Jake Joins Springsteen's Band

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In what seems a staunch effort to keep things in the family, Bruce Springsteen has tapped Jake Clemons, nephew to the late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, to share sax duties with longtime E Street collaborator Eddie Manion on the Boss' upcoming Wrecking Ball tour. The dates, which follow stops at the Grammys and the Apollo Theater will constitute the first Springsteen tour since Clemons' passing.

Clemons, Jr., has been busy at work, racking up a discography that includes work with the Swell Season (and Markéat Irglová's side project) and live performance credits that, according to his website, include Eddie Vedder and Will Smith. (Yes, Will Smith.) His headshot, too, via Consequence of Sound, is quite a work of art in itself.

The Boss, on the other hand, has a history of the whole E Street Regeneration thing; in 2009, drummer Max Weinberg was briefly replaced, due to a contract debacle with his post-E Street gig on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, by his son, Jay. (Fun fact: Jay is now the drummer of Against Me!) If this trend continues, one day we'll all wake up to find that Bruce has retired and announced the debut of Evan Springsteen and the E Street Band.

As it is, Springsteen has also added to the Wrecking Ball Tour lineup veteran Springsteen performers Cindy Mizelle and Curtis King (vocals), Clark Gayton (trombone), Curt Ramm and newbie Barry Danielian (both on trumpet). This is in addition to the previously announced members of the E Street Band, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan (piano, synthesizer), Nils Lofgren (guitar, vocals), Patti Scialfa (guitar, vocals), Garry Tallent (bass), Stevie Van Zandt (guitar/vocals), Soozie Tyrell (violin, guitar, vocals), and Charlie Giordano (keyboards).

Check out Springsteen's recently released single "We Take Care of Our Own," which makes an appearance on President Obama's 2012 Spotify campaign playlist, here, and check out the band's tour dates below.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 2012 Tour Dates:

March 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
March 19 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
March 23 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
March 26 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
March 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
March 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
April 01 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
April 03 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
April 04 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
April 06 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
April 09 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
April 12 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
April 13 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
April 16 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
April 24 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
April 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
April 29 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Festival
May 02 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
May 13 – Seville, ES @ Estadio Olimpico
May 17 – Barcelona, ES @ Estadio Olimpico
May 18 – Barcelona, ES @ Estadio Olimpico
May 25 – Frankfurt, DE @ Commerzbank Arena
May 27 – Cologne, DE @ Energie Stadion
May 28 – Landgraaf, NL @ Pinkpop
May 30 – Berlin, DE @ Olympia Stadion
June 02 – San Sebastian, ES @ Anoeta
June 03 – Lisbon, PT @ Rock in Rio Lisbon
June 07 – Milan, IT @ Stadio Meaza
June 10 – Florence, IT @ Stadio Francesco
June 11 – Trieste, IT @ Stadio Trieste
June 17 – Madrid, ES @Estadio Santago Bernabu
June 19 – Montpellier, FR @ Park and Suites Arena
June 21 – Sunderland, UK @ Stadium of Light
June 22 – Manchester, UK @ Eithad Stadium
June 24 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Isle of Wight Festival
July 03 – Lisbon, PT @ Rock Rio Lisbon
July 04 – Paris, FR @ Bercy
July 05 – Paris, FR @ Bercy
July 07 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
July 09 – Zurich, CH @ Stadium Letzigrund
July 11 – Prague, CH @ Synotip Arena
July 12 – Vienna, AT @ Ernst-Happel Stadium
July 14 – London, UK @ Hard Rock Calling 
July 17 – Dublin, IE @ RSD Showgrounds
July 18 – Dublin, IE @ RSD Showgrounds
July 21 – Oslo, NO @ Valle-Hovin
July 23 – Bergen, NO @ Koengen
July 24 – Bergen, NO @ Koengen
July 27 – Gothenburg, SE @ Ullevi
July 28 – Gothenburg, SE @ Ullevi
July 31 – Helsinki, FI @ Olympic Stadium

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