Story 1978-09-30 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´´Darkness on the Edge of Town´´ (following ´´Spirit in the Night´´)
´´You guys are nuts out there (?)….oh, so how you´ve been down here, huh? (cheers) alright ….oh man, the first time….I remember one of the first times we were down here, we played the Electric Ballroom (cheers) all you guys weren´t there, were you? (chuckles) you couldn´t´ve, we, I remember we weren´t known too good at the time, I remember it was during, it was in last summer, I jumped off the stage and like nobody paid no attention except for this one guy who rushed the stage and I was out in the crowd and I came up and I sat next to the guy and he was standing in front of Steve and I was listening to what he was yelling, he was going ´Go, Bruce, go!´ (chuckles) yeah, I said ´No, no, I´m Bruce, that´s Steve´ (chuckles)(?)….this is, uh….here´s ´Darkness on the Edge of Town….´´

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´´Independence Day´´
´´This next song, this is, uh….we´re gonna get to that, we´ll do that for you, alright (chuckles) in a while….this is a song that I wrote for, uh, the Darkness on the Edge of Town-album, didn´t make it on, it´s sort of a, it´s sort of a flipside to….´Adam Raised a Cain,´ it´s, uh, it´s a song called, uh, ´Independence Day´….´´

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´´Prove It All Night´´
´´Do you think you´re ready to prove it all night? (cheers)….´´

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´´Racing in the Street´´
´´This is for, uh….Mike, Mike (?)….´´

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´´Thunder Road´´
´´Back in 1974 I was….I was living in this, this town called West End, it´s about (chuckles) it´s about ten minutes down from Asbury Park….and…..I walked past this movie theater…. and there was this poster in the window for a Robert Mitchum movie….and, uh, I never saw the movie, I remember I only saw the poster but I took the title and I wrote, wrote this song ….I never thought there was anyplace that was like this song, and then me and Steve and two friends of ours, we were, we drove out to Reno, Nevada and in the desert, on the side of the highway, this indian had built this house….that he, that he´d made of stuff that he´d scavanged off the desert….and out in front he had a….had a big picture of Geronimo, over on top it said ´Landlord´ and he had a big white sign and painted in red, it said ´This is the land of peace, love, justice and no mercy´….and it pointed down this little dirt road that said ´Thunder Road´….´´

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´´Santa Claus Is Coming to Town´´
´´(?) we´re all on the radio tonight so (chuckles)….I wanna say….hello to everybody in Atlanta and out there, everybody down in Florida who´s listening in, folks out in Austin, Houston and Dallas (chuckles)….now….might be….it might be a little early for this next song (chuckles) but we might not see you around Christmastime so I´ve got a story to tell….(music starts)….it was a cold December night (chuckles)….it was me and Steve, we working in this bar called Student Prince, back in Asbury Park….and….we were going home, it was about three, four o´clock in the morning, we decided we´d walk home along the boardwalk….so we´re walking down the boardwalk, it´s about zero degrees, right, it´s cold, let me tell you, it´s cold as can be….and all of a sudden….we look up ahead….and we see….something….. coming down through the mist….at first….we thought it was Clarence (chuckles) but ended up, as we got closer….we heard coming through the fog and the snow, a sound….(the jingling piano intro begins and Clarence goes ´Ho, ho!´)(giggles)….´´

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´´Night Train´´ (following ´´Santa Claus….´´)
´´A little early but better early than not at all (chuckles) I gotta fix this up….these guys are gonna die up here (chuckles) popcorn….I gotta, I tell you what we need, we need a….we need a little, we need a broom and we need a little ´Night Train´….
(….) Alright, that´s the clean-up crew….´´

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´´Fire´´
´´Here´s a song for Mary (?), it´s on Robert Gordon´s second album, it´s called ´Fire´….´´

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, middle of ´´Backstreets´´
´´Hey baby….it´s good to see you back again….and honey, you´re still looking fine….it´s been such a long time….but I remember you….yeah, I remember you….standing on the corner….of Richmond Avenue….with your hair piled all up high and that crazy look in your eye for every boy that was passing you by and I swore….back then I swore….that for you I´d drive all night anytime anywhere, I´d drive all night….I´d drive all night…..just to buy you some shoes….and to taste….your tender charms….to have you hold me in your arms….for just one kiss….baby, for just one kiss….and a look from your sad eyes….you had such lonely, sad eyes….you had such pretty, sad eyes….and baby, they cried, cried all night….baby, they used to cry, cry all night….(?) the rain came tumbling down….(?) tears, they fall, falling down….(?)….and me, I was just your fool….I thought that somehow I could stop some of your crying, that maybe I could stop your crying….I could stop….your crying….but I didn´t know….that baby´d been lying….baby, you were lying….baby, you´d been lying….you were so young and you could tell such pretty lies (?) I wanted to believe you so bad….I wanted to believe you so bad….I wanted to believe you so bad, I wanted to believe you so bad….and now you´re back….so now you´ve come back….well, baby, I´m back too…..and I´ve been out and I´ve seen some things….about me…..and about you…´s time we stopped….it´s time we stopped….little girl, we stopped, little girl, we´ve got to stop, little girl, we´ve got to stop, little girl, we´ve got to stop, little girl, we´ve got to stop, little girl, we´ve got to stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, STOP….hiding on the backstreets….´´

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, middle of ´´Rosalita´´
´´On the piano, Professor Roy Bittan….on the guitar, a warm round of applause for Miami Steve Van Zandt….on the bass guitar, Mr.Garry W. Tallent….on the drums, the Mighty Max ….on the organ, Dan Federici….and last but not least….king of the world….master of the universe….more powerful than a locomotive….able to leap tall buildings in a single bound….is it a bird?….is it a plane?….is it the Big Man?….Clarence Clemons on the saxophone!….Hey, Big Man….´´

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´´Born to Run´´
´´I wanna thank, I wanna thank everybody for coming down to the show tonight….I wanna say we´re sorry about missing you the last time, I got sick for a few days there….I´d like to thank everybody that, that, I know there´s a lot of people listening in and I´d like to thank, thank all you folks here in Atlanta and all those people who supported the band over the past two or three years when we were off having a hard time, I just wanna thank you very much ….(?) here´s to you…..´´

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´´Detroit Medley´´
´´Are you alright there? (cheers) are you alright? (cheers) we´re not done yet, we´re just getting warmed up now….are you ready? (cheers) are you ready? (cheers) you ain´t ready for this, are you? (cheers) I don´t think you´re ready for this, are you? (cheers)(?) I don´t know if they´re ready, I can´t hear ´em, I don´t think they´re ready (cheers) I just don´t think you´re ready (cheers)….
(….) Big Man….I don´t think I can go on…..gonna need some help on the saxophone (Clarence starts playing) I feel a little better, Professor (Roy starts playing) a little bit on the piano….oh yeah….are you ready for some drums? let´s hear the drums (Max starts playing)…. everybody now (the whole band starts playing)….take it easy….this next move….I´ve been asked by the management at the theater to advise anyone with a weak stomach or a weak heart to please step into the lobby during the next section of the show….alright….for you folks out there in radioland, this next portion is strictly visual….so get in real close and look at that thing (chuckles)….first I do this….then I do that….and then….I do this…..´´

30.09.78 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´´Raise Your Hand´´
´´You wanted us to do another one, all you had to do was….raise your hand…..
(….) Now, everybody out there on the radio, I want you to get up….I want you to walk over to your dial, I want you to turn it up as loud as it´ll go, I want you to open up all the windows in the house and if the cops come knocking at your door, tell ´em ´Too bad´ (chuckles) and if they keep on knocking, tell ´em to send all the complaints to Columbia Records in New York City, New York….and if they keep on knocking (?) if there´s something they need or if there´s something that they want, they´ve got to raise their hands….
(….) You don´t think we´re gonna stop now? Just raise your hands….´´

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