Jake Clemons is just about to embark on a massive tour of Australia, kicking off right here in Queensland this week. He’s a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, but he’s best known for his work playing saxophone with Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street band.
And he has something a little different to offer as part of this Bittersweet tour – his first set will focus on solo, acoustic work, giving us the first opportunity to hear tracks of forthcoming album Bittersweet – and his second set seeing him introduce his band and performing his more familiar songs.
Clemons speaks simply about the album Bittersweet which is themed around a song of the same name and was written during his 2014 Australian tour.
“The song deals with losing a father and the bittersweet process of reconciling that loss,” Clemons said.
The new tour comes on the heals of the last album cycle for Embracing Light – a five track EP which Jake toured in thirteen countries including Australia, and featured on countless radio and TV shows including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Little Stevens Underground Garage where its first single, “You Must Be Crazy”, was hailed ‘Coolest Song in the World’. The same song was also part of a major philanthropic campaign for Global Citizen and The Global Citizen Festival.
Recently, Jake Clemons was given the ‘Big Man Of The Year’ award alongside Joan Jett as “Rocker Of The Year” by Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that brings contemporary band classes to public schools in the U.S.
The Big Man Of The Year award was named after its first recipient, Jake’s late uncle, “The Big Man” Clarence Clemons in honor of his charitable efforts and for being a consistent voice of inspiration for young people everywhere. Previous recipients have also included Lady Gaga, Steven Van Zandt and Darlene Love.
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Jake Clemons | Bittersweet tour
Thursday 5 March | Sol Bar Sunshine Coast
Friday 6 March | Soundlounge Gold Coast
Saturday 7 March | Bon Amici Cafe Toowoomba
Sunday 8 March | Black Bear Lodge Brisbane