Story 1985-04-22 Osaka, Japan
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22.04.85 Osaka, Japan, intro to “The River”
“When I was…when I was growing up…I lived in this small town and my dad used to come home from work at night and he’d walk straight into the kitchen, sit down at the kitchen table and he’d sit there all night…and he used to sit there and wait for me and my sister to come in in the summertime…and he’d sit there and drink a little bit…and if you were gonna come in too late, sometimes you were better off waiting until the next morning…and, uh…I used to have this sleeping bag that I stashed on…outside of these woods… and sometimes I’d sleep out there if the weather was right or sometimes I’d sleep in a friend of mine’s car or on somebody’s porch…and now when I go back home, sometimes I drive by those places and they feel more like my own, like they belong to me, than my own house did at that time…so…this is a song…’cause everybody needs some place to go on those nights they can’t go home (crowd cheers)…”

22.04.85 Osaka, Japan, intro to “Glory Days”
“Now this is a song about…glory days (crowd cheers) now the older you get, the more glory days you’ve got (crowd cheers) are you ready, boys?…are you ready, band?…are you ready, Big Man?…are the people ready out there? (crowd cheers)…”
[The intro to “My Hometown” has completely been cut from the source tape.]

22.04.85 Osaka, Japan, towards the end of “Dancing in the Dark”
“Come on now…now sometimes I feel…I feel a little lonely…and I get so downhearted…that’s when I wanna reach out to somebody somewhere…’cause I need a little help…I just wanna say…hey there, Baby…come on, Sugar (crowd cheers)…”

22.04.85 Osaka, Japan, intro to “I’m on Fire”
“I remember growing up…and my dad telling me…that I wasn’t ever gonna amount to nothing…and he’d sit at the kitchen table and just think about everything that he didn’t have…instead of thinking about the stuff that was there for him…and he’d get you thinking that way too…I can remember lying in my bed at night, staring up at the ceiling…and feeling like someday I was…someday I was just gonna…someday…I was just gonna…”

22.04.85 Osaka, Japan, middle of “Backstreets”
“Until the end…I remember…that you said that if I made it out…first I’d help you…and if you made it out first, you’d help me…and we swore on it…I remember that we promised…and we said that…it’d last forever…and for ever and for ever…and that nothing would ever pull us apart…nothing ever…hiding on the backstreets…”

22.04.85 Osaka, Japan, intro to “Rosalita”
”And then…
(…) On the piano, Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) on the vocals, Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers)[Garry, Max and Dan’s intros cut out from the tape] Mr. Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) and on the, on the, on the, on the saxophone, Big Man, Clarence Clemons (crowd cheers)…”
(…) This is his last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance… because CBS-Sony, Honey, gave me a lot of yens (crowd cheers)…”

22.04.85 Osaka, Japan, intro to “Born to Run”
“Arigato (crowd cheers) thank you (crowd cheers) oh…oh…I would like to just take a moment and thank everybody for coming down to the show here in Osaka, thank you (crowd cheers) thank you very much, I want you to know that we appreciate it…I’d also like to thank all the fans, I’ve met so many fans who’ve said they’ve been waiting for us for five years and seven years and six years to come to Japan (crowd cheers) and I’d like to thank them for their support and let them know we appreciate it, domo arigato (crowd cheers)…”

22.04.85 Osaka, Japan, middle of “Detroit Medley”
“Alright now…now what I wanna know is…are you ready to travel? (crowd cheers) you’re gonna have to go home and pack your bags (crowd cheers) you’re gonna have to quit school (crowd cheers) you’re gonna have to quit your job (crowd cheers) you’re gonna have to say goodbye to your mama and your papa (crowd cheers) are you ready to go? (crowd cheers) are you ready to go? (crowd cheers) are you ready to go? (crowd cheers) are you ready to go? (crowd cheers) are you ready to go? (crowd cheers) are you ready to go? (crowd cheers) are you ready to go now? (crowd cheers) are you ready to go now? (crowd cheers)…”

22.04.85 Osaka, Japan, middle of “Twist and Shout”
“I’m getting into overdrive now (crowd cheers) it’s starting to feel good (crowd cheers) Big Man, how are you feeling over there, man? (crowd cheers)…now before I go, there’s one thing I gotta know (crowd cheers) I came all the way to Osaka (crowd cheers) to find out the answer to this one question (crowd cheers) and what I wanna know is…what I wanna know is…what I have to know is…I mean what I’ve got to know is….do you love me?…”

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi

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