Video: Bono honors Clarence Clemons in emotional concert finale
At the close of U2's final Southern California show on Saturday (6/18), Bono called on the audience to remember Clarence Clemons with the light of a packed stadium's cell phones and a request to "think about the beautiful, symphonic sound that came out of one mans saxophone."
The touching remembrance wrapped the band's final encore, "Moment of Surrender."
"This is a special moment we want to share with you right now. Let's take the lights down, take out your phones. I want you to think about the beautiful, symphonic sound that came out of one man's saxophone," Bono said as dirge-like chords swelled behind him. He continued, "I want you to think about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, brothers. I want you to think of Clarence Clemons. This man just carried music, and music carried him until this day."
At the end of the song, Bono ad-libbed a bit before settling into a recitation of the final verses of Springsteen's "Jungleland" as The Edge strummed his guitar.
Note: This story was edited to make minor corrections to Bono's quoted words.