Story 1981-06-05 London, England

05.06.81 London, England, intro to “Independence Day”
“This is called “Independence Day” (crowd cheers)(intro music starts)…I remember when I was growing up…I used to watch my old sit in the kitchen at night…and he used to sit there from when he would come in from work till when he’d go to bed and he’d have the lights out…and he’d smoke cigarettes and drink a little bit…and he did that…he did that from when I was a little kid till when I moved out…I used to always wonder what he was, what he would be thinking about sitting there…and, uh…then I went over to my aunt’s house…I went, I went for a Thanksgiving or something and she gave me a picture of my father when he was young in 1946…and I’d never seen him like he looked in that picture before, he was wearing a suit, he was looking into the camera and he looked like he was gonna eat the photographer or something…and I remember I’d never seen him look as proud as, as he did in that picture…and I guess…he got married when he was real young…and had a lot of…lot of bad jobs …and he losed that, I guess he losed that thing…that makes you feel like something…makes you feel like somebody…I remember I used to listen to the radio…and when you hear a song like “When My Little Girl Is Smiling,” a song by the Drifters…in the whole world where people are telling you that you weren’t, you weren’t worth nothing…it seemed like those songs said that was a lie… they just reminded you…that you were worth something…and I guess there’s two kinds of people in the world: the kind that remember that and the kind that forget that…(crowd cheers)…”

05.06.81 London, England, intro to “Johnny Bye Bye”
“This is, uh…this is another song that’s about fathers and sons…(?) …”

05.06.81 London, England, intro to “Two Hearts”
“Two hearts are better than one (crowd cheers)…”

05.06.81 London, England, after “Thunder Road”
“We’re gonna take just a short break, then we’re gonna be back, we got another whole set to do for you (crowd cheers) so we’ll see you in a little while, ok? (crowd cheers)…”

05.06.81 London, England, intro to “I Wanna Marry You”
“Here she comes…walking down the street…here she comes… walking down the street…she’s looking so fine, she’s looking so sweet…and someday I’m gonna make her mine…I know that I will… someday I’m gonna make her mine…I know that I will…someday she’s gonna instead of walking on by…she’s gonna stop instead of walking on by…she’s gonna stop now…my, my, my girl…little girl, little girl, little girl…”

05.06.81 London, England, middle of “Rosalita”
“Alright now, folks…now comes…my favorite part of the show (crowd cheers) I’m gonna introduce to you tonight…a bunch of superstars…beginning…at the far left of the stage…they throw around words like “genius”…they throw around words like “master of his craft”…they throw around words like…“the greatest goddamn person on the planet”…so let me introduce to you, over to the far left…the main man, Mr. Bobby G…now, let’s get the band, that’s Roy Bittan on the piano (crowd cheers) on the guitar, Miami Steve Van Zandt (crowd cheers) on the bass, Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) on the drums, the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) on the organ, Phantom Dan Federici (crowd cheers) and last but not least (crowd cheers) you know who I’m talking about…do I have to say his name? (crowd cheers) do I have to say his name? (crowd cheers) let me just say he’s the king of the world…the master of the universe…emperor of all things…he’s faster than a speeding bullet…more powerful than a roaring locomotive…able to leap tall women, I mean tall buildings in a single bound…it ain’t no bird (crowd: “No”) it ain’t no plane (crowd: “No”) it’s, it’s, it’s…Spotlight on the Big Man!…
(…) This is his last chance, baby, for his daughter to get down… ’cause the record company, Honey, just gave me the big Pounds…”

05.06.81 London, England, intro to “Jungleland”
“I’d like to…I’d like to take a second and I’d like to thank, thank all you guys for coming down to the shows that we’ve done here in London (crowd cheers) and I’d like to apologize for having to cancel out on you in the early tour, I hope it didn’t inconvenience you too much (crowd cheers) this is, uh, I’d like to thank youse for all of the, over the, over the years when we haven’t, we haven’t been over here, I wanna, thanks for supporting the band so much (crowd cheers)…”

05.06.81 London, England, intro to “Can’t Help Falling In Love”
“This is, uh…this is…one of my favorite Elvis songs…there’s, uh, in “Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino…has this line…and it just says… “Though we’re apart, you’re a part of me still”…”

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