Bruce Springsteen says he cried when he heard a solo by late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemmons on his new album, "Wrecking Ball."
Springsteen, 62, made his comments to Rolling Stone magazine, which features the rocker on the cover of its March 29, 2012 issue. He was interviewed by "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart.
Clemmons died in June 2011 age 69 after suffering complications from a stroke. After his death, producer Ron Aniello separated Clemons' saxophone solo from a live recording by the band of the track "Land of Hopes and Dreams" and inserted it into a studio version.
"When the solo section hit, Clarence's sax filled the room. I cried," the Associated Press quoted Springsteen as telling Rolling Stone.
"Losing Clarence was like losing the rain," the rocker added. "You're losing something that has been so elemental in your life for such a long time."
"Wrecking Ball" is Springsteen's 17th studio album and was released on March 5. The rocker and the E Street Band performed at New York's famed Apollo Theater over the weekend to promote the record. It was the group's first gig without Clemons.
His nephew, Jake, played the saxophone on stage with the band. Rolling Stone said he performed his uncle's famous solo during the song "Badlands" and "absolutely nailed it." Writer Andy Greene called the musician the "MVP of the evening."