Story 1979-01-01 Cleveland, OH

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´Rendezvous´
´´So everybody survived New Year´s Eve or what ? (cheers) everyone in one piece tonight, alright….this is a song….that, uh….I think was just recorded by Greg Kihn, uh, it´s a song I wrote about two or three years ago, it´s called ´Rendezvous´…this is for Joyce….”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´Spirit in the Night´
´´This is for Southside…..´cause the night was dark, the moon was yellow….and the leaves came tumbling down….”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´Darkness on the Edge of Town´
´´This is for, uh….I don´t know if he´s listening, if he´s out here or not….this is for John, who was, uh….who got me on (?) show that I was in and I….I just wanna let you know that appreciate it and I (?), this is ´Darkness on the Edge of Town´….”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´Factory´
´´Here´s a couple songs for….anybody that ever had a broken heart….”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´Heartbreak Hotel´
´´This is a song written in….1955 by….by a woman called Mae Axton….she was Hoyt Axton´s mother….I wish my mother´d wrote this song (chuckles)….gimme some echo, Bobby ….”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´Racing in the Street´
´´This is, this is the last night of our tour tonight….and…..this is uh….we´ve been out since May 23rd, this is the 122nd show (chuckles)….I´m gonna take you one last time racing in the street….do this one last ride….this is for all the Cleveland nightriders….”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´Thunder Road´
´´This is for Matty and for Eddie and Tony….”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´Meeting Across the River´
´´This is a song, we don´t do this too much and this is for Kid Leo….I wanna thank for all the….just for all the help he´s (?) you know it´s great, we can come into a town and get somebody or a station that, that just supports us the way that Leo and (?)….this is for the Kid….”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´For You´
´´Alright….I….here´s, uh, like I said this is the last night of our tour and like, like, in, uh, there´s people here tonight that I´ve seen like in 10, 15, 20 different cities, you know, all along the way….and I know some of you guys save up your dough and go places where we´re playing and stuff and I wanna say thanks a lot and this is for you and this is for Rod, alright….”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´It´s Hard to Be a Saint in the City´
´´Thanks….and this is for Jimmy and Bob….”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´Santa Claus Is Coming to Town´
´´I remember it was….it was about 19…65, I think it was….it was the night before Christmas ….and all through the house…not a creature was stirring….´cause I remember that was the night….that my girlfriend threw me out…I mean, Christmas Eve….gotta be pretty hard….so I played the Phil Spector Christmas Album 50 times in a row…. anyway, I go down to the beach….whenever I used to get thrown out of my house….I used to go down to the beach…. this was tough in the wintertime ´cause I remember it was…. it was Christmas Eve, it was snowing….the wind was blowing, it was raining…I go down there….I go down, I went down to this club I used to go to….it was all closed up ….said ´Home for Christmas´….I said ´Oh boy, home for Christmas….some Christmas this is gonna be´….so I went down, I went to get under the jetty to get out of the snow ….and who was sitting there….but Miami Steve….with his guitar….I said ´Hey!´ (Steve: ´Hey!´) What are you doing? (Steve : ´How you been ?´) ´ I don´t know´(Steve: ´What are you doing here?´) ´My girlfriend threw me out´ (Steve: ´Yours too?´) ´Yeah´, his girlfriend threw him out too….so we´re sitting there and we´re like, we´re in this terrible mood and we´re going ´This Christmas stuff, like, this, this is just a bunch of bullshit, I, I don´t go for that Santa Claus stuff, that´s, that´s lies´…´That´s for kids….. that´s, that´s a joke´….´Santa Claus, he´s dead, he fell out of his sleigh over Newark´…. ´He got mugged when he hit the ground´….so we´re sitting there for a while….and all of a sudden, we just about fell sleep….and we heard this noise that woke us up (Max slams the drum)….and we looked way down the boardwalk….way down the boardwalk….way down the boardwalk ….we said ´Wooooh´…..(music starts) Hey Steve!…”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´I Fought the Law´
´´Uh, this is for Mike….this is a request (chuckles) haven´t played this in a while, I hope we remember it, this is a song by the Bobby Fueller Four, ´Well, I Fought the Law´….”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´Backstreets´
´´Come back, baby, come back…..come back, little girl, my arms, they cry for you…..come back, baby, come back…..´cause I think my heart, it dies for you…..and the teardrops fall…. and I hear your footsteps running down, running down, running down my hall….and I promise I will never ever make you blue….(?)….and I would never ever make you blue….. and I would never make you cry, girl…..just come back, baby….(?)….”

01.01.79 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´Detroit Medley´
´´I wanna thank everybody for coming down tonight, thank you very much…..thank you, all you guys, I know a lot of you guys stand out in line and stuff waiting for tickets for a long time and I wanna let you know we appreciate it….and I´d like to thank (chuckles) I´d like to thank all the guys that, like I´ve been on the road, on the road for about six months and I´ve been traveling around with about 25 other guys, I´ve got the best guys in the world….and they set up all this stuff for you and they tear it down…..and uh….they´re here early in the morning before I get here and they´re here late after I go home so I wanna thank ´em all very much….this is for you guys….”

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