Story 1976-11-04 Palladium, New York City, NY
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04.11.76 New York City, NY, intro to ‘Night’:
(Clarence : ‘Yeah….Hey Bruce….let’s tear the roof off-a this mother…’) (chuckles) ”Last time in New York……”

04.11.76 New York City, NY, intro to ‘It’s My Life’:
”The man who wrote this next song is in the audience tonight, Carl D’Errico…..I was listening to this when I came up here…..this is for you, Carl….and your wife….one two, three,four…..I grew up in this small town about twenty miles…..twenty miles in….inland…..I remember it was in this…..this dumpy two-story two-family house…..next door to this gas-station…..and…..and my mom, she……she was a secretary…..and she worked downtown……and ….my pop, I remember she married my pop ‘soon as he got out of the army, they got married and she took that job….and my father….he worked a lotta different place….he worked in a rugmill for a while …..drove a cab for a while and…..worked, he was a guard down at the jail….for a while, I remember when he worked down there, he used to always come home…..real pissed off……drunk…..sit in the kitchen…..at night nine o’clock he used to shut off all the light…..every light in the house…..and he used to get real pissed off if me or my sister turned, turned any of ‘em on, he’d sit in the kitchen with a six-pack and cigarettes…..and my mom, she would set her hair…..and then she would…..come downstairs and just turn on the TV…..and sit in the chair….and watch TV till she fell asleep….and she’d get up the next morning and go to work again…..and my pop, sometimes he went to bed, sometimes he didn’t, sometimes he got up…..sometimes he didn’t get up…..and…..I used to sleep upstairs…..and I used to pull, in the summertime, when the weather got hot….I used to drag my mattress out the window…..and sleep on the roof…..next door to the gas-station…..and I’d watch these different guys, the gas-station closed at one, and these guys they’d be pulling in and pulling out all night long….they’d be meeting people there…..they’d be ripping off down the highway…..and since I hit sixteen, me and my buddy, we got this car…..and we started taking off….. we used to take off down to the beach and sleep on……sleep on top of the beach houses…..we used to spin up to the city…..just walk around the streets all night long…..till the cops’d catch us in Port Authority and call our pops, my pop, he’d never come and get me, I remember he’d always send my mother…..everytime I got in trouble, my mother’d come down, she’d always say ‘Your father, he didn’t even wanna come’…..and…..and I used to always have to go back home and when I…..I’d stand there in that driveway…..afraid to go in the house and I could see…..through this screendoor, I could see the light of my pop’s cigarette and I can remember, I just couldn’t wait till I was old enough…..to take him out once…..but….. I just slicked my hair back real tight….so he couldn’t tell how long it was getting…..and try to sneak through the kitchen….but the old man, he’d catch me every night and drag me back into that kitchen, he’d make me sit down at that table in the dark……and he would sit there telling me and in the wintertime, he used to…..he used to turn on the gas-stove so…..and close all the doors so it got real hot in there …..and I remember just sitting in the dark…..with him telling me, telling me, telling me…..and I could always hear that voice….no matter how long I sat there…..I could never ever see his face……we’d start talking about nothing much…..how I was doin’….pretty soon….he’d ask me what I thought I was doing with myself…..and we’d always end up screaming at each other…..my mother, she’d always end up running from the frontroom crying….and trying to pull him off me…..trying to keep us from fighting with each other……and I’d always end up…..I’d always end up running out the backdoor, pulling away from him…..pulling away from, running down the driveway screaming at him….telling him….telling him….telling him…..how it was my life…..and I was gonna do what I wanted to do……”

04.11.76 New York City, NY, intro to ‘Thunder Road’:
”Hey, hey, hey…..this is the last night, New York City….man….gonna be a streak of
light through the tunnel at midnight (chuckles)….(someone in the band : ‘Gonna be
another one too ‘) (chuckles)…..Man, this is for Matty…..this is for the Cleveland
boys……you boys out there ?……(laughs) this is for the Cleveland boys ‘cause they
believe in us so much……”

04.11.76 New York City, NY, after ‘She’s the One’:
”I need you baby and that’s no lie…..Big Man….on the saxophone…..out of the jungle…..out of the jungle….and that’s how the world got so fucked up…..(chuckles)”.

04.11.76 New York City, NY, intro to ‘Growin’Up’:
”I, I did my….audition with this song….I remember…..yeah, I remember as I went up…..right, to the record building, you know…..all these lawyers…..everybody had one but me (laughs)…..Professor, please…..aw, so what ! (laughs)….
(…..) There we was…..it was me and the Big Man and Miami….we were driving down this old dark road….all of a sudden we got a flat…..we were in a ‘63 Impala….absolutely nothing done to it….a real piece of shit my old man gave me (cheers)….it was the only thing we had to get around, we were screaming down a backroad…..we must’ve been doing (?) 55……(?) to the floor, bam (chuckles)….(?) just butting along…..boom, flat tire….pull over…..’course we ain’t got no spare…..it’s a budget operation (chuckles)….so….we try to convince Miami….to run with it (chuckles)…..while we got to a gas-station…..we didn’t know where we was, it was dark, it was so dark, there was no moon out….everybody was hiding that night, there was trees….remember, this deep dark forest, couldn’t see nothing…..it was me….and we looked….and we looked way off and deep in the forest….we saw this light……just sorta shining there, we said….. somebody must live back there, we’d (?) go find out, get some help, you know….. so….we stomp back through the woods, right, we’d get mud all over us, right…..and then there in the middle of forest…..was this old gypsy lady…..sitting around this fire…..so we walked up to her….she looked at us and said…..’Got a flat tire, huh ?’…. we got a little nervous there, you know, how’s she know we got a flat tire, you know, it was like way out there in the road and we said ‘Yeah’…..she said ‘What they send you suckers back here for, huh ?…..Whaddya want ?……you just tell the old gypsy lady, she’ll straighten you out right now…..you guys….first, you guys look like, you guys look…’ we looked like a bunch of bums, it was about six years ago, right…..she says ‘First thing I do, you cats are not presentable…..you know…..to do anything’…. and like she waved this, this….stick, right…..she waved this stick…..and bam!….Miami standing there in the red suit….in the middle of the woods….right….she waved it again….boom!….Big Man standing there in a white suit…..in the middle of the woods….she waved it again in front of me……boom!…..nothing happens (cheers)….. she says ‘Don’t work all the time ….. (chuckles)….some people gotta work at being bums, others are born that way’ (chuckles)….so I said ‘Gypsy lady, you owe me one….(chuckles) You owe me one now’….right, she said ‘Uh…..alright, alright’, you know…..’So what can I, what can I do for you here ?’, you know…..so like I thought real hard, you know…..said ‘Well’ ….thought about a new transmission…..no….ain’t nothing gonna help that old car out, right…..that thing´s a goner…..thought about, uh….. she says (?) ‘Just tell me, you wanna be a king ?….you wanna be an emperor ?…… you wanna own your own Pizza Hut ?….just tell me, tell the gypsy lady, I’m right here’….. I said ‘Well…..to be honest with you…..not to pull any punches…..what I really had in mind….was uh…..I think I could dig, uh…..I think I could, uh…..I think I’d like, uh….. I think I’d wanna be…..I think I wanna be…..I think I wanna be….a rock’n’roll star!…..”

04.11.76 New York City, NY, after ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze Out’:
”I seen Joe Tex do that a thousand fucking times (giggles)…..huh ?…..Joe Tex used to do that with his closed…..I do that and I drop a fucking light…..oh, shit….I gotta practise that…..Joe Tex used to do it with his foot…..(?) that thing about an inch from the ground…..biff, wham…..if you think nobody wants you (giggles)….go out into the street…..Is that the Max fan club again ?….Max gets you guys in every night, I know …. (?)….from South Orange ?…..you guys again…..we’re gonna get to that….. alright …..”

04.11.76 New York City, NY, intro to ‘Jungleland’:
”This is for some of the folks from New York City…..”

04.11.76 New York City, NY, intro to ‘Rosalita’:
”The envelope, please…..in one minute, we’ll know just who the winner is…..Rosie …..come out tonight !
(….) We´re gonna bring ‘em up…..you all know ‘em, you all love ‘em…..and if you don’t…..we’re gonna bring ‘em up anyway….oh here they come…..them happy-go-lucky fellas….them (?) devil-may-care (?)….them men of the world….them complete idiots….them good friends of Miami Steve…..who I just met before the show….. and who I have no association with….The Miami Horns (cheers)….on the piano….the man with all the degrees and all the keys…..he plays the high C’s…..at night he catches some z’s….after he takes pees….with his bbd’s…..Professor Roy Bittan (cheers)…. next….producer, manager, composer….artiste….guitar player….how can I say it ?….. just magnificence himself….everything you never wanted to be and more…..Miami Steve ! (cheers)….let’s hear it for him (Bruce claps his hands)…..not too much, not too much….on the bass guitar, Mr.Garry W.Tallent (cheers)…..on the drums….for the South Orange contingent….The Mighty….Max (cheers)….on the organ….now you see him, now you don’t…..Phantom Dan Federici (cheers)…..last but not least….king of the world, master of the universe……stars of stage and screen…..and everything else….The Big Man…..Mr.Clarence Clemons ! (cheers)…..”

04.11.76 New York City, NY, intro to ‘Baby I Love You’:
”We got a special, a special….somebody really special with us tonight, somebody who…..who I love and wanted to marry ever since I heard her first record…..and I still do…..gonna bring out…..Miss Ronnie Spector…..”

04.11.76 New York City, NY, intro to ‘Sandy’:
”Oh man…..this is for Ronnie, yeah….and uh….my jacket for hurting me…..this is uh…. it’s to everybody…..and I wanna thank you , you know, for the great support of the band we have (cheers)….here’s to you from Asbury Park with love…..”

04.11.76 New York City, NY, intro to ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’:
”(?) going home…..everybody going home to watch TV (chuckles)….we’re gonna do this for….it’s for Alan….and Patti….this is for them…..I promised them last night…..”

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