Clemons died last year. Springsteen had hoped to have him on the new album, but Clemons had a stroke.
Springsteen went to Clemons’ bedside. Clemons squeezed his hand when Springsteen spoke, but he never regained consciousness.
After Clemons died, producer Ron Aniello took a live rendition of the concert staple “Land of Hopes and Dreams,” took Clemons’ part and put it into a studio version.
Springsteen said: “When the solo section hit, Clarence’s sax filled the room. I cried.”
Jon Stewart interviewed Springsteen for the magazine, out this week.