Story 1978-12-30 Detroit, MI
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30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Badlands'
“Detroit…..How ya doing? … 1, 2 …”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Rendezvous´
“What you got here? … (?) … This next song, this is a song that, uh, they got a big sign over there, to steal your mother’s seat, is that it? … alright (chuckles) ….this next song is a song that we haven’t recorded but it’s been out on some bootlegs and stuff and….(?) it’s called ´Rendezvous….this is for Joyce…..”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro and end of ´Spirit In The Night´
“Alright … How many drunks we got in the crowd celebrate New Year’s hour? (loud cheers)”

(…) … (Some girl gets on microphone somehow and yells out about 9 words) … _ _ microphone”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Rave On´
“Say it … (Bruce tests guitar sound) … Gimme some echo, Bobby … (Tests it again) … Alright … Aw, man … You want _ ? … On _? … That’s too bad …”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Darkness on the Edge of Town´
“This is for, uh, Tom and Bob, I think you’re out there somewhere…..this is ´Darkness on the Edge of Town´….”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Independence Day´
“Thanks…..this next song, this is another song that was, … was a song recorded, (someone calls out for something & cuts Bruce off) … we’ll _ that later, alright? … … this is uh….this is a song I wrote during the last album but we never recorded it (?) Darkness on the Edge of Town, it didn’t get on the record….this is for, uh…..it’s called ´Independence Day´, this is for anybody who left home (?)….”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro to ´The Promised Land´
“This is Promised Land …”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro and after ´Prove It All Night´
“You can’t just prove it once, you gotta prove it all night every night …”

(…) Roy Bittan on piano … The Big Man on the saxophone … (? – Sounds like he says ‘Federici on drums”) …”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Racing in the Street´
“This is for all….Motor City night riders racing in the street….”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro in the segue to ´Thunder Road´
“This is for everybody way up top…..(?)….way up on the top….”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, after ´Jungleland´
“We’re gonna take a 20 minute break and we’ll be back (tape cuts rest of it) …”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro to ´The Ties That Bind´
“Uh, this is a brand new song, it’s called The ‘Ties That Bind’ …”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Santa Claus Is Coming to Town´
“It was, uh….it was about 1969….me and Steve, we were working in this club about a block off the beach in Asbury Park….it was this club, it was down on Kingsley Avenue, it was a club called The Student Prince….and…..it was right around this time of year….matter of fact, Steve….it was a night almost just like tonight….it was cold….it was snowing outside … remember, it was Christmas Eve (cheers) Santa was pretty good to you guys, right? (cheers) and….me and Steve….we were sitting in this club and it was about 3 a.m. in the morning, we were crying in each other’s faces ´cause we had no money and we made a deal I wouldn’t buy him a present if he wouldn’t buy me one….we had no girlfriends….so we started walking home…..and we’re walking home along the boardwalk….had our guitars with us…..see, you gotta always keep the guitar with you ´cause down in Asbury Park, if you put it down, somebody’d steal it from you in ten seconds….and besides you always have to be ready in case you was gonna get discovered…..anyway….we got home, Steve put the Pop-Tarts in the toaster….I made a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich…..and we went to sleep….about, about 4.30, we heard some scratching up on the roof…..and we figured…..we figured, we were sure it was some guys trying to steal our guitars….we climbed up out onto the roof….and we looked over, I said ´Steve, look over there by the chimney!….it’s…..it’s…..we couldn’t see who it was´, I said ´Steve, you go that way, I’ll go this way….get him, Steve!….oh shit, Steve, we knocked out Santa Claus!´ (loud cheers) … Some Christmas! … … ´Santa, the big night… you gotta get up, they’re waiting for you over in China Come on, Ho! Ho! Ho!, Steve, he might wake up and beat us to death with an Erector set….(´´Santa´´: ´Ho, ho, ho´)…..I think he’s ok…..(?)….and there it was…..sticking out of that chimney, my Christmas present - a ´57 Chevy with a brunette in the front seat….”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro to ´The Fever´
“The next song….is a song recorded by Southside, it’s been out on some bootlegs by us (chuckles) (?)….”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Point Blank´
“I remember….when I was a kid, my mother used to tell me….that if I said my prayers and went to bed….I was gonna be alright….(?) you that tomorrow, everything would be alright, but you wake up in the morning and find out, you’ve been shot point blank….”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, “I GET MAD!” in ´She’s The One´
“ … Big Man! … I called her up … She ain’t home … I go by her house … She ain’t home … I send her a letter … I get no reply … I wanna lay down … and die … I ride by her house … real late … I see two silhouettes … on the window shade … somebody’s arms … well, they’re so fine … (?) … they ain’t mine … no … I get mad … no … I get mad … no … I get mad … I GET MAD! … like Al Capone … I GET MAD! … like Smokin’ Joe … I GET MAD! … like Machine Gun Kelly (Max rapid fires drum hits) … I GET MAD! … like … Popeye! … I GET MAD! … Sometimes, I just … I get so mad … (Clarence: ‘Uh-huh’) … I just wanna … (Clarence: ‘What you do?’) … I just wanna … (Clarence: ‘Go ahead, go ahead’) … I just wanna … (Clarence: ‘C’mon, c’mon’) … I just wanna … (Clarence: ‘Go ahead’) … (band stops) … I just wanna … (Clarence: ‘Go ahead, go ahead’) … I just … (Clarence: ‘?’) … I just wanna … (Clarence: ‘Do what? Do what?’) … I just feel like I wanna … (Clarence: Do what? Do what?’) … I just feel like I wanna … (Clarence: ‘Do what?’) …”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, sung intro, middle & after ´Backstreets´
“(humming & yearning) … Come back bay-by, tonight my heart, it dies for you … I’ll dance for you … (?) … yeah, we’ll go runnin’ … yeah, baby, we’ll go runnin’ … (?) … we’ll go runnin’ … down on the backstreets … (more wailing) … (song starts) …

(…) Just me and you, baby….just me and you, girl….hey, I remember you….I remember you….. standing on the corner down on Richmond Avenue … Things were different then … I remember back then I swore for you I’d drive all night, anytime, anyplace…..I remember I swore that for you I’d drive all night, anytime, anyplace, just for you I’d drive all night….just to buy you some shoes….just to taste your tender charms…..just to sleep at night….in your arms…..just to fall asleep in your arms….just to fall asleep in your arms….and I remember that you, you promised….back then you promised that you’d never leave without me…..you swore you’d never leave without me….you promised that you’d never leave without me….but like everything else from back then….like everybody else days … you promised….you promised….and baby, you lied…..baby, you lied…..baby, you lied … baby, you lied … you were so young and you could tell such pretty lies….pretty lies….so now you’re back…..so now you’re back…..well, just what makes you think….that it’s so easy….what makes you think that it’s so easy … ‘cause, I’ve been out too….and I found out some things…..about me and now about you…..well, little girl, they’ve gotta stop….little girl, it’s gotta stop….little girl, they’ve gotta stop….little girl, they’ve gotta stop….little girl, they’ve gotta stop….stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, STOP! …

(…) … Roy Bittan on the piano … Max Weinberg on the drums …”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro & middle of ´Rosalita´
“Oh, the clock is straightening … (?) … wherever you are … Rosie, come out tonight …

(…) On the piano….we have with us….the only member of the band with a full high school diploma….that’s right, let’s hear it for education and Professor Roy Bittan….(?)….on the guitar….let’s hear it for ignorance and Miami Steve Van Zandt….on the bass guitar, let’s hear it for the elegant Mr. Garry W. Tallent….on the drums, the esteemed gentleman here from representative of] North Jersey, the Mighty Max Weinberg….on the organ, Mr. Phantom Dan Federici….and now last but not least….faster than a speeding bullet….more powerful than a locomotive….able to leap tall buildings in a single bound….is it a bird? (Crowd: ‘No!’) … is it a plane? (Crowd: ‘No!’) … is it the Big Man? (Crowd: ‘Yeah!’) … Clarence Clemons on the saxophone….”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Born to Run´
“I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight, thank you very much…..we know a lot of you guys waited out in line for tickets and stuff and drove a long way, I wanna let you know it’s appreciated…..here’s for Detroit….”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro & middle to ´Detroit Medley´
“One of the best things ever recorded _ out in Detroit, we wanna do this for you…..”

(…) Now, wait a minute (band down) … excuse me … (crowd clapping) … we gotta … we got an emergency announcement to make … I just …spoke to the hall manager … and he asked me to make an emergency announcement … if there’s anyone … bring it down a little … if there’s anyone … in the house tonight, that has, a weak stomach, or a weak heart, and a mother from Hackensack, New Jersey, would you please step out into the lobby during the next section of this song, as it might be, dangerous, to your health … I see no one moving … I warned you … don’t sue me … it ain’t so bad … when me and The Big Man do this … And it ain’t so bad … when me and The Big Man do this … you can even get off with light injuries and a short trip to the emergency room … when me and The Big Man … do this (band stops, crowd keeps clapping) … If you want to stick around now … (?) … ‘cause when we do this … (band up and Dance Move ensues) …”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, intro of ´Tenth Avenue Freeze Out´
"Let’s rock … 1, 2, 3, 4 …”

30.12.78 Detroit, MI, ALL of ´Quarter to Three´
"We’re gonna strut in overtime … We got some _ … 1, gimme some echo, Bobby … I got one thing to say to you … a-1, 2, 3, 4 … <Q23-1><Sing-A-Long><Q23-2> … (band stops & long pause) … <Q23-3> … (band stops) … I can’t do this all night long … (?) … (?) … <Q23-4> … Somebody stop me! … before I hurt myself … (band stops) … (long pause) … Are you talking to me? (Crowd: ‘Yeah!’) … Are you talking to me? (Crowd: ‘Yeah!’)… Are you talking to me? (Crowd: ‘Yeah!’)… You better talk louder than that (Crowd: ‘Yeah!’) … <Q23-5> … I’m just a prisoner … of ROCK AND ROLL! … Do we understand each other? … Do we understand each other? … Good! … <Q23-6> … Thank You! … Happy New Year! … Goodnight! … Let it rock! …”

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