Though the two artists were never exactly peers—Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band had been going since the early '70s, while U2 only released their debut album in 1980—U2 and the E-Streeters were always connected by virtue of being, at their peaks, the two biggest stadium rock outfits on the planet, both guaranteed to sell out worldwide regardless of what material they had released recently or whatever the current trends were in rock. Bruce even inducted U2 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, and the two have collaborated live several times, most recently at the Rock Hall 25th Anniversary Concert.
It's no surprise, then, that U2 would take the time to pay tribute to E-Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died over the weekend, at their gig in Anaheim on Sunday. During the outro to their performance of "Moment of Surrender," Bono started reading the lyrics to "Jungleland," one of the shining moments in the careers of both Bruce and Clarence. We're a little disappointed that the singer needed a cheat-sheet to remember the song's lyrics, and that nobody even attempted the Big Man's timeless sax part to the song—c'mon, The Edge, you must've played the sax at some point in your career—but it's a nice gesture just the same.
Listen to the performance below, and if you feel like skipping straight to the 6:30 mark where Bono starts with his spoken-word homage, we won't blame you—we weren't the hugest No Line on the Horizon fans either.