Story 1985-04-23 Osaka, Japan

23.04.85 Osaka, Japan, intro to “Glory Days”
“Now this is a song about…time’s winged chariot (crowd cheers) that means it’s about growing old…everybody’s gonna grow old, man…it’s one of the few things you don’t have to think about, right? you’re gonna do it…now, this is a song about glory days (crowd cheers) I’ve had my share of glory days but the Big Man has had many, many more than me and of the widely…more varied kind (chuckles) but, as you can see, he has still maintained his youthful beauty (crowd cheers) right on! (giggles) are you ready, buddy? alright…”

23.04.85 Osaka, Japan, intro to “My Hometown”
“Thank you…oh, this is our last night in Japan (crowd cheers) and, uh…this is…when we first came here, we didn’t know what to expect, we didn’t know what the people would be like or what they would think of our music and we were nervous (chuckles) but, uh, I guess after spending the last two and a half weeks here, I guess my hometown and your hometown is not as different as they seem (crowd cheers) so I guess what I would like to say is watashino foodoo sato cara meanasan no ko koro eh * (crowd cheers)…”
(* According to Marsh’s book “Glory Days,” this is the translation for “This song is from my hometown to your hometown”)

23.04.85 Osaka, Japan, towards the end of “Dancing in the Dark”
“Sometimes I feel…I get feeling so lonely…and I get so downhearted…and that’s when I wanna reach out…to somebody somewhere for a little help…I just wanna say (crowd cheers) “Hey now, baby”…”

23.04.85 Osaka, Japan, after “Dancing in the Dark”
“(Chuckles) That’s a good dancer (crowd cheers)…”

23.04.85 Osaka, Japan, middle of “Backstreets”
“Until the end…I remember we said…we said that if I got out first, I’d help you, and if you got out, you’d help me…I remember we swore on it…and we promised…and we said that, that it’d last for ever and for ever…no matter what happened…that nothing…nothing was ever gonna pull us apart…and nothing…nothing was (?)…Hiding on the backstreets…”

23.04.85 Osaka, Japan, middle of “Rosalita”
“Alright now…on the drums we got the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) on the vocals Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) on the piano Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) on the guitar Mr. Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) on the bass Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) on the organ Phantom Dan Federici (crowd cheers) and last but not least…the king of the world (crowd cheers) the master of disaster (crowd cheers) and the biggest man you’ve ever seen -gimme a C-L-A-R-E-N-C-E, what’s that spell? (crowd: “Clarence”) what’s that spell? (crowd: “Clarence”) what’s that spell? (crowd: “Clarence”) Clarence “Big Man” Clemons on the saxophone
(crowd cheers)…”

23.04.85 Osaka, Japan, intro to “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) I’d like to just take a minute and thank everybody for coming to the shows that we’ve done here in Japan, thank you very much (crowd cheers) I want you to know that we appreciate it and I’d also like to thank the fans who over the past ten years when we haven’t been able to get here have supported our band and I want you to know that it means very much to us and I guess I’d like to say (speaks Japanese) (crowd cheers) I’ll always remember…”

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi

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