Story 1984-10-31 Los Angeles, CA

31.10.84 Los Angeles, CA, intro to ´High School Confidential´
´´(Bruce lies in a coffin on stage)….(?)…they tried all sorts of scientific methods…(?) electricity…then they tried to awaken his sexual perception…then they performed an attack on his auditorial system (´Louie Louie´ is played on tape)…but nothing seemed to work…then they tried Professor Frankenstein´s foolproof monster wake-up….but then out of the darkness came a mystery man (a tape of ´The Good, the Bad, the Ugly´ is played and Bruce is given a guitar)….”

31.10.84 Los Angeles, CA, intro to ´My Father´s House´
´´Here´s a song….I guess it´s about….about feeling, like, when you´re a kid, it´s funny, all the things that scare you….you know….I remember uh….every (?) Halloween Eve (?) you got your, your costume on….and older guys, they´d always like be throwing the eggs at you, you know, hit you in the head and stuff (chuckles)….I remember when I was a kid, I was really ….first thing I can ever remember being afraid of was, I remember, being afraid of the devil…I guess, I was going to church, my mother was taking me to church and….and all I heard was about the devil all the time….and uh….I used to think that the devil lived on my front porch for some reason, I´d never…I´d never go outside, I´d never leave the house first….I always made my little sister go out in front of me (chuckles)….sometimes I´m still…. I´m still scared of that….this is a song about, uh ….trying to get home…. before dark….”

31.10.84 Los Angeles, CA, intro to 'Reason To Believe'
"Here's a song about….about blind faith….about believing in ghosts…and what it can do to you…"

31.10.84 Los Angeles, CA, intro to ´Glory Days´
´´Alright…anybody 35 years old out there ? (some cheers)….anybody 40 years old out there ? (not a lot of cheering)…Big Man, we´re alone….but that´s alright ´cause we may be old but we´re bold, goddammit!…”

31.10.84 Los Angeles, CA, intro to ´My Hometown´
´´I remember the….when I grew up, always, I always kind of had a….love-hate relationship with the place I grew up in…I remember when I was 16, I couldn't wait to get out of town and get to New York…and uh….as I got older, I remember feeling a little bitter about, I guess, a lot of the things that happened to me in the town that, that I came from….I guess, everybody feels that way kind of…but uh….later on as I got a little older, I realised it kind of ….kind of comes back around on you and you gotta….I guess someday you gotta face all that stuff and the fact that, whether we like it or not, we all belong to something….we´re all a part of something…and uh, I guess with that comes a certain responsibility….and when you…. right now tonight we got out in the lobby, during intermission time, you´ll see some people trying to live up to that responsibility, making the place that you live a better place to live, they´re….Steelworkers Old Timers Foodbank….and uh, they provide food for people that, that been hard hit by lay-offs, unemployment, some of the plant closings you´ve had here…. or people that are just down on their luck and deserve a better break so….they can, they can use your support and uh….this is your hometown so….”

31.10.84 Los Angeles, CA, intro to ´Racing in the Street´
´´She´d always be calling me ´Bobby, Bobby´, I´d be running around the house trying to find the keys…and sometimes she´d hide ´em on me because she didn´t want me going out at night….and sometimes it was just so hard to make her understand….that when I took the car out….and when I won….that it was the only time I ever felt good about myself….´cause it was something that I could do good….just one thing, just one thing that you do that you can feel proud of yourself for….I don´t think that´s too much for anybody to ask….

31.10.84 Los Angeles, CA, intro to ´Born to Run´
´´Thanks (chuckles) that´s last night´s audience (?) right there (chuckles)….I´m warning you, alright, you´re gonna end up like that (chuckles)…this is, uh, I wanna thank everybody for coming down to the show tonight, thank you very much….and I wanna thank you for supporting the Steelworkers Foodbank, they appreciate it and I appreciate it and uh….this song, I guess, this is my, this is my favorite song I ever wrote, I guess…when I wrote this I felt….felt like I was born…..”

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