Story 1988-07-19 Berlin, Germany
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19.07.88 East Berlin, East Germany, intro to “Badlands”
“It’s nice to be in East Berlin (crowd cheers)…”

19.07.88 East Berlin, East Germany, intro to “Boom Boom”
“I’m coming to get you now…”

19.07.88 East Berlin, East Germany, intro to “All That Heaven Will Allow”
“There’s no rain, sunshine (chuckles)(crowd cheers)…(goes into the “Here she comes walking”-part which the crowd doesn’t much participate in)…”

19.07.88 East Berlin, East Germany, intro to “Spare Parts”
“This is a song about a woman…fighting to understand the value of her own…individual existence…and the value of the life of her child …trying to put away her past and to find something new and beautiful in her life now…”

19.07.88 East Berlin, East Germany, intro to “Chimes of Freedom”
“Es ist schön in Ost-Berlin zu sein (crowd cheers) ich möchte euch sagen ich bin nicht hier für oder gegen eine Regierung, ich bin gekommen um rock´n´roll zu spielen für Ost-Berlinern (crowd cheers) in der Hofnung dass eines Tages alle Barrieren obgeriesen warden (crowd cheers)…”
[“It’s nice to be in East Berlin…I want to tell you that I’m not here for or against any government, I have come to play rock’n’roll for the East-Berliners…in the hope that one day all barriers will be torn down…”]

19.07.88 East Berlin, East Germany, intro to “You Can Look”
“Ever since you’re a little baby…there’s always somebody telling you…you can look at something but you can’t touch it…I always remember my mama saying…”Oh, Son, don’t you touch that thing …oh, Son, don’t you touch that thing…yeah, you can look but you can’t touch that thing”…I took out my first girlfriend…took her to a little drive-in…found a nice, quiet place to park…whispered sweet things in her ear…put my hand on her knee, whispered some more sweet things…and just as I was about to…She said “Son, don’t you touch that thing…oh, Son, don’t you touch that thing…you can look but you can’t touch that thing”…”

19.07.88 East Berlin, East Germany, intro to “I’m a Coward”
“Is there anybody alive out there tonight? (crowd cheers) is there anybody that can feel the spirit down in their souls tonight out there? (crowd cheers) that’s good…because I have a confession and a story that I have to tell you…and what I want to confess to tonight is…there are some men that are very brave but they grow very frightened when they get next to love…that’s right, am I talking about you?…when they get next to love, they get real scared…and there’s plenty of, uh, women that are the same, do we have any sweet, sexy East German girls out there tonight? (crowd cheers) that’s good…are there any brave, courageous German women out there tonight? (crowd cheers) ah, that’s right, that’s right…but what I want to say is I’m a brave man if I don’t say so myself…but what I want to confess to is…that I’m a coward when it comes to love…”

19.07.88 East Berlin, East Germany, towards the end of “Dancing in the Dark”
“Sometimes I feel…just a little lonely…that’s when I gotta reach out to somebody because I need a little help (crowd cheers)…yeah, I’m searching, I’m searching, I’m searching for my baby…yeah, I’m looking, I’m looking, I’m looking for my baby…well, I’m searching, I’m searching, I’m searching for my baby…yeah, I’m looking, I’m looking, I’m looking for my baby…(?)…come on, Baby…”

19.07.88 East Berlin, East Germany, middle of “Light of Day”
“On the piano, Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) on the drums, the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) on the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) on the guitar and vocals, Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) on the bass guitar, Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) on the organ, Phantom Dan Federici (crowd cheers) in the back we got Eddie “Kingfish” Manion, Richie La Bamba, Mark “The Love Man,” Mike, Mario Cruz, the mighty Horns of Love (crowd cheers) and last but not least, we got the incredible, the unbelievable, the undeniable, the main event (?) master of the universe, the emperor of all things, I’m talking about the one, the only, the incredible, the undeniable Clarence “Big Man” Clemons on the saxophone (crowd cheers)…”

19.07.88 East Berlin, East Germany, intro to “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”
“Ich möchte mich bedanken bei allen leuten in Ost-Berlin (crowd cheers) die dieses Konzert moglich machten. (crowd cheers) Und ich hoffe, bald wieder hier zu spielen, (crowd cheers) Ihr seid toll!…”
[I want to thank all the people in East Berlin who made this concert come true…And I hope to play here again soon…you are great!”]

19.07.88 East Berlin, East Germany, intro to “Sweet Soul Music”
“Seid ihr müde? (crowd: “Nein”) seid ihr müde? (crowd: “Nein”) seid ihr müde? (crowd: “Nein”) you’re too tired now (crowd cheers) you’re tired, seid ihr müde? (crowd: “Nein”) no? (crowd: “No”) no? (crowd: “No”) no? (crowd: “No”) no? (crowd: “No”)…”
[“Are you tired?”]

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi

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