Story 1974-03-09 Houston, TX
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09.03.74 Houston, TX, intro to ‘Wild Billy’s Circus Story’:
”(?) in Bourbon Street and….they each have a certain kind of smell…..it’s like, uh….. it’s a mixture of the garbage…..you know, thrown from, from all the clubs…. especially on Bourbon Street , like…..and uh….mixture of the garbage and the…..and the humidity in the air….and the sweat or whatever….but uh….it’s all the (?) like around midnight, one o’clock…two o’clock when there’s nothing left there but the real freaks, you know and uh…..that same kinda feeling you get at the …..at the end of the night….the end of the circus….and uh…..this is a song called Circus Song…..”

09.03.74 Houston, TX, intro to ‘New York City Serenade’:
”This is a pretty nice place (applause)….you know….really (chuckles)….it’s funny because we just came from playing this place….in Jersey, near Fort Dix….this place called the Satellite Lounge (laughter) …..really….and it was run by this guy…..named Carlo Rossi….right….that’s what’s happening in New Jersey, you gotta take…..(?) this cat named Carlo Rossi……and…..we just got a new drummer, he’d only been with us about ….four days and we were gonna cancel out the gig because we weren’t ready…. and Carlo calls up my manager and says…..’Tell ‘em to get down here’…..and he said he was gonna kill me if I didn’t come (laughter)….and….and so we called up these cats we know…..this guy named Tyrone and Rocky (laughter)….and these cats run another place , they run this joint called, uh…..Earl’s Lounge which is like…..another little chapter, you know, about…..25, 30 miles of (?)…..we said ‘Tyrone, man….this cat Carlo…he’s gonna kill Bruce unless you (?)’, you know (chuckles)….and Tyrone says ‘Be there….Go’ (chuckles)(cheers)….and…..and it’s funny because a week before , a week before the cat…..this band Foghat played there….and he came out and he told them to turn down…..and they didn’t listen to him…..he came up again and told ‘em to turn down and they didn’t listen to him…..so the third time he comes up, he says….. ‘I told you guys to turn down’….pulls out a gun and shoots the amps (laughter)….that’s a true story….pulls out a gun, blows the amps away, right (chuckles)….so I was there on Saturday night (chuckles)…..but uh…..yeah ….. (?)….. Satellite Lounge, don’t ever go there (chuckles)….ok, this is uh……yeah, we’re kinda wild so we (?) (chuckles)….. you know, you know…..we got a little bit of time so you know…..(?) start out….this is uh, Mr Dave Sancious on the piano…..”

09.03.74 Houston, TX, intro to ‘For You’:
”Yeah we’re…..we’re gonna do some more….oh…..can I have a nice (?) applause for my band, my band’s so good…..oh yeah…..this is something…..this is something from the first album…..I wanna thank everybody, uh…..and Houston for giving such a fine reception that we been getting down here (cheers)….you know…..it really, it really feels like…..feels better than home, you know and it’s uh…..this is something I wanna do for, uh, this was on the first record and uh….it´s sort of a little re-arrangement for it….it’s something for you….”

09.03.74 Houston, TX, intro to ‘Rosalita’:
”Oh, you know we can’t leave you without rocking you once…..(someone yells ‘The Fever’) it’s a weird thing ‘The Fever’….that song ‘Fever’ we did…..as a demo tape about a year ago…and Mike here….sent it down to just this radio station, you know…. and it’s a song we never even did but uh (chuckles)…..like we did it on the radio today….but I promise if we’ll come back, we’ll work it up for you, you know….. but meanwhile…..Rosalita, come out tonight….
(…..) Got Ernest Boom Carter on the drums (cheers)…..we got on the piano….Mr Daniel Federici on the piano and the accordion (cheers)….two-time winner of the Ted Mac Amateur Hour….got on the bass guitar, man from a long line of talents, Mr Garry W.Tallent (cheers)….back on the organ, man 20 years old, fingers of solid gold, Mr. Dave Sancious on the organ (cheers)…..and on the saxophone…..the kahuna of surf and soul….Mr Clarence Clemons (cheers)….since this is Houston….we better have a countdown…..right , Houston…..10, 9, 8, 7, 6 , 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….”

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