E Street's Clemons: Pain will make me stronger

Der US-amerikanische Rocksaenger Bruce Springsteen, rechts, und Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, links, spielen am Donnerstag, 2. Juli 2009, waehrend seines Open-Air-Konzertes im Olympiastadion in Muenchen Gitarre. Mit dem Konzert eroeffnet der Rockstar seine "Working on a Dream"-Europatour, die ihn unter anderem noch nach Oesterreich, Italien, Daenemark, Frankreich, Italien, Spanien und England fuehrt. (AP Photo/Christof Stache) --- US rock singer Bruce Springsteen, right, and the saxophonist Clarence Clemons, left, perform during his first Germany concert at his "working on a dream" European tour in the Olympic stadium in Munich, southern Germany, on Thursday, July 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Christof Stache)

May 9, 2010 6:17:51 PM PDT
The Big Man is back.

Last year, E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons arose from a wheelchair to perform at the Super Bowl with Bruce Springsteen after a double knee replacement.

Now he's taking to the stage again after a new struggle to recover from major spinal surgery.

Clemons performed Saturday night at a Hollywood, Fla., benefit for Home Safe, a children's charity.

Clemons had surgery Jan. 13 and is still alternating between a wheelchair and a crutch.

But he told The Associated Press in a recent interview he's winning his battles - including severe, chronic pain and post-surgical depression.

Clemons says if there's an E Street tour in 2011, he'll be ready.