Story 1980-12-08 Philadelphia, PA

08.12.80 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´´Darkness on the Edge of Town´´
´´Are you alive down there? (crowd cheers)(?)….yeah….thanks….I´d appreciate it if there´s any of you guys stuck in the aisles back there, if you could help these guys find your seats for you ´cause it´s gonna be a real long show and you´ll be standing up all night so….so you ought to, yeah, if you´re stuck, if you´re stuck in the aisle or you´re standing in front of a bunch of people that got their seats I´d appreciate it if you could find your seat, thank you very much, thank you…..´´

08.12.80 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´´Independence Day´´
´´I remember when I….when I was growing up, I used to come in late at night and…..I used to always be afraid ´cause my father´d be sitting in the kitchen in the dark, he´d always be waiting for me, he´d lock up the frontdoor so that I couldn´t come in the front way, I used to have to….come in ´round the side porch, go through the screen door and he´d be sitting there in the dark and all I could see was just the light of his cigarette….and I remember I used to have long hair, I used to slick it back real tight so he couldn´t tell how long it was (chuckles) you know….pull my collar up real high….and it was always late at night, was the only time he seemed to want to sit down and, and talk to me a little bit….but it was always too late in the day ´cause he´d been home from work for a while and he´d been sitting there too long….. and when I used to start to tell him the things that was important to me….he used to think that….he´d been disappointed quite a bit and he used to think that they just sounded foolish ….it was like people hearing….hearing rock´n´roll on the radio and it just sounding like noise to ´em, you know….and I remember I used to wish that….when I´d go downtown, I used to get a buck, I used to go down, used to go down to the department store and buy like one, one record every week, I´d buy one single each week and I´d come home….you know….and I used to wish that….that he´d be able to hear this stuff that was on those records a little bit or if he´d, I thought maybe if he´d been able to hear it or something just like it when he was younger, it might´ve changed the way that he felt about, about his life and….and mine….but ….but in the end everybody´s gotta leave home, you gotta go (chuckles) you know, you gotta go someday….so if you´re out there on your own tonight for the first time, here´s good luck, this is for you (chuckles)….´´

08.12.80 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´´I Wanna Marry You´´
´´This is for, uh, this is for Michael and for Kelly so….ready, Big Man?….sometimes…. sometimes you´ll be riding, riding down the street in a car, in a bus, and you´ll see, you´ll see somebody standing on the corner or riding by in the opposite direction….and for some reason that face….that face just stays with you and stays with you and stays with you…, when you get older….there´s certain people….who you only see maybe for….for thirty seconds on the street or just driving by in the car….and you always, you just don´t forget ´em, for some reason you just don´t forget ´em….hey, Big Man….here she comes…..´´

08.12.80 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´´Growin´ Up´´
´´Alright, here´s one, here´s one for all the old veterans out there….here we go….
(….) There we were… was me and Steve….and Clarence….had this flat tire on this old, dark backroad in New Jersey….we were sitting in the car, everybody climbed into the frontseat….we´re all squashed together….and we´re thinking….we´re trying to decide which one of us is going to go outside and fix this flat….so I said ´Let´s look at this thing sensibly: I´m the Boss, I don´t have to go out´ (loud cheers from the crowd) then we decided to look at it even more sensibly: Clarence is the biggest, he don´t have to go….so just, just as we were squeezing Steve through the front window, we had about half of his upper torso out of the car, he was kicking and screaming….a light just like in that movie ´Close Encounters of the Third Kind´ came flashing down on the roof of the car….I looked out the window and I saw this big cherry-red flying saucer….with big Cadillac fins on it….it said ´Little Melvin and the Invaders - we play weddings, parties and bar mitzvahs´….so this little green man sticks his head out and he says ´Hey! Any of you guys know the way to the New Jersey Turnpike?´…. now….now we don´t give out that kind of valuable information to just anybody….you know… need some credentials around here….so we thought, we said ´Wait a minute…I got it,´ said ´Ok, Mr.Spaceman, you gotta give us each, each one wish and we´ll tell you how to get back to the Turnpike´…started on Clarence….Clarence….Clarence wished for a combination Laundromat-pizza parlor in downtown Asbury Park….that´s a pretty good wish….you´re gonna be seeing ´em all over pretty soon, you go in and do your laundry, eat - it´s gonna be sweeping the nation….then it was Steve´s turn….Steve´s wish cannot be repeated at this time and place….then came my turn so I thought real hard….I didn´t even get a chance to say it, to say it out loud, I was just sitting there thinking….and out across the highway, on the other side of the road, in the dark, something started to appear….I said ´Mr.Spaceman, I wish, I wish….I wish´….and man….when we touched….´´

08.12.80 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´´Stolen Car´´
´´This is….I guess the hardest thing to do is….is to make good things last…..´´

08.12.80 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´´Crush On You´´
´´Philadelphia….I´ve got a….crush on (crowd: ´You´)….´´

08.12.80 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´´Rosalita´´
´´The night was clear….and the moon was yellow….yellow….(chuckles) I said ´The moon was yellow´….oops, I mean the moon was blue….and the leaves came tumbling down (chuckles)….
(….) We have with us tonight….at the far left of the stage….on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan….on the guitar, Mr.Miami Steve Van Zandt….on the bass guitar, Mr.Garry W.Tallent ….on the drums, the Mighty Max Weinberg…..on the organ, Phantom Dan Federici….from Flemington, New Jersey….we have some kinfolk out there for Danny….and last but not least ….do I have to say his name?….do I have to say it?….do I have to say it?….is it a bird?….is it a plane?….what the hell is it?…Clarence Clemons on the saxophone…..´´

08.12.80 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´´Santa Claus Is Coming To Town´´
´´It´s almost (crowd: ´Christmas´)….´´

08.12.80 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´´Jungleland´´
´´This is, this is for any folks from Jersey tonight….´´

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