Story 1992-07-12 London, England

12.07.92 London, England, intro to ´´Better Days´´
´´Hello, my friends (crowd cheers)….´´

12.07.92 London, England, intro to ´´Local Hero´´
´´How you doing out there? (crowd cheers) come on, Zak, let me hear it….(music starts)…. well, there I was….´´

12.07.92 London, England, intro to ´´Lucky Town´´
´´Alright….are you feeling lucky out there tonight? (crowd cheers) well, how lucky are you? ….´´

12.07.92 London, England, intro to ´´Dancing In The Dark´´
´´Thanks, this is, uh….this is a song I wrote, uh….about all those mornings when you kind of wake up just hating yourself (chuckles)….alright, uh….´´

12.07.92 London, England, intro to ´´If I Should Fall Behind´´ (following ´´Darkness On The Edge Of Town´´)
´´Thanks, that was, uh….that song, that was a young man´s song, even though I felt old when I wrote it (chuckles) but a young man thinks….uh, this young man anyway who I´m talking about thinks that you gotta strip everything away from yourself to get anything….the old man finds out - not too old (chuckles) that, uh….it´s kind of in the way that you gather those things around you and this next song took me such a long time to write and there were a lot of times in my life I didn´t know if I´d ever, ever write it at all….and I guess all my early songs were kind of about a young man and a woman think that you, when you´re young, you see the world without any limitations and you´re expecting those big miracles….and even if they happen for you along the way in some part of your life, in the other part of your life you can end up just kind of crashing into your own limitations and your own failures and your own walls….so this next song, this was a, this was a song I guess about learning how to live with some limitations and to find that the, finding the sweet, sweet blessings that those things bring so, uh….hey, here´s wishing and hoping that you have an easier time living with yours (chuckles) and uh (crowd cheers) hey, you gotta give that love up, man, you can´t take it with you (chuckles) don´t hold back (chuckles) give it to somebody or something….´´

12.07.92 London, England, intro to ´´57 Channels´´
´´A real violent time back in the States right now….just before we left, we could see the whole city of Los Angeles burning…..people been cut off from the modest and small respect that it takes to make sure your children are safe going to school….to make sure you´ve got the opportunity to be a good husband and a good father, a good parent, a good wife….to be able to find your place in the world that you live….and so what you get left with…..´´

12.07.92 London, England, intro to ´´My Hometown´´ (following ´´Living Proof´´)
´´Thank you….thank you….(?)(chuckles) got, uh, been a long time since I´ve seen you last…. been busy, got a little beautiful baby girl (chuckles) a beautiful baby boy….yeah, a lot more work than those goddamn records, let me tell you (chuckles) but I wrote this song I guess it was ten years ago, I was living in L.A and I was, uh….I was thinking about….you know, it´s something, I was reading a book that said that nothing you ever do for a child is wasted and uh….that´s really true because sometimes I´ll be walking down the street or laying in bed at night and I´ll have some memory kind of jumping in my head that probably to my dad or mom was just some inconsequential afternoon or something, I can always remember my Pop, you know, say ´Come on, let´s go to a newstand´ and like put me up in a car and put me on his knee and he´d let me like pretend like I was driving and uh….yeah, damn, I think that, you know….you know, I was 32 years old, 33 years old and that came back to me and I was kind of imagining what it would be like, you know, when I was a dad, when I was gonna be a father - couldn´t imagine it….you know, I guess it´s one of those things, it´s kind of impossible to imagine but, but in this song I think I was trying to get to what is the legacy that we leave to our children, you know, whether it´s the world that we live in or the town that we live in or whether it´s in those, those small dreams, those small memories that we leave with ´em and, uh, kids are good, they make you wanna be strong, they make you wanna confront your fears (crowd cheers) yeah, we got any Moms and Pops out there tonight? (crowd cheers) that´s good, that´s good, you know, do right, try and do right (chuckles) uh, anyway, I wanna do this tonight for you and I´m gonna do it from my children to your children, wishing ´em all the best…..may they stand strong…..´´

12.07.92 London, England, intro to ´´Leap Of Faith´´ (following ´´My Hometown´´)
´´You sound pretty good (chuckles) yeah….that´s right….oh, I´ve got to stop the show for a minute because I´ve got something that I´ve got to say, we´ve got a sponsor tonight….that´s right, we´ve got a sponsor tonight….no, I ain´t gonna be trying to sell you no sneakers and I ain´t gonna be selling you no soda pop because our sponsor tonight is…love, that´s right (chuckles) brought to you by love right here tonight, now is anybody out there familiar with love? (crowd cheers) has anybody out there ever been ground down into the dirt, been humiliated, been frustrated, been, uh, uh, (?) by love? (crowd: ´Yeah´) thank you for your honesty….but tonight is not a night for cynicism because everytime you get ground down that spot you´ll never go, you´ll be coming back (?) all of a sudden somewhere way back behind you, you feel a stirring of….faith (chuckles) because you can´t have love without faith, that´s right, and somebody always comes along, you keep coming back, you come back again, you´re gonna give it another shot because you got a little faith, because you got some hope, now if you listen to this song, this song is filled with love, it´s filled with hope, it´s filled with faith, it´s filled with descriptions of bizarre, ritualistic sexual practises (crowd cheers) yes it is, only thinly veiled imagery, that´s right, and I want you to know that it is completely, one hundred percent autobiographical….´´

12.07.92 London, England, intro to ´´Man´s Job´´
´´Oh yeah….oh, but that ain´t all it takes, Bobby, come on down and give me a hand….Mr. Bobby King….from the great state of Louisiana….´´

12.07.92 London, England, after ´´Roll Of The Dice´´
´´Thank you very much, let´s hear it for them, Mr. Bobby King, Miss Carol Dennis, the singers, my band (crowd cheers) yes, yes, yes!….stay right in your seats, actually go take a rest ´cause you´re gonna need your energy later on….because we´re gonna get back in a little while with a whole lot more entertainment, we´ll see you in a little while, ok?….´´

12.07.92 London, England, intro to ´´With Every Wish´´
´´This is, uh….this is a song I guess I kind of wrote like a fairytale or like fable….I was, uh, telling the folks the past couple nights that, you know, you tuck your kids to bed…..I always remember when I was a kid, I used to hate going to sleep, I was kind of scared, I used to hate to sleep with the lights out….I never liked all the lights out, used to always like a little light on someplace….I still hate that and I still like that (chuckles) but, uh, you know, it´s like, I´ve got my little boy and my little girl and my little´s girl only about six months old so she, she kind of goes….you can put her in a crib, she smiles and….goes right to sleep….but my little boy, he´s, he´s two, he´s like, he likes to, there´s a whole routine, you know, you gotta get his tape and, uh, put him in bed and then you gotta read him a story or something so I read out of this Mother Goose-book….they got Mother Goose….and I guess, you know, the first one is the ´Hey diddle diddle, a cat and a fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon´ and uh …. that one´s alright, then you get to, uh, Humpty Dumpty, ´Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a big fall, all the kings´ horses, all the kings´ men couldn´t put Humpty together again´ (people applaud) thank you, but that´s kind of tragic, I don´t like, I don´t like reading that one ´cause it seems like two years old, that´s a little early for that kind of tragedy, you know, then you get along and there´s ´Mary had a little lamb´ and move on and that one´s ok and ´Little boy blue, come blow your horn,´ that´s alright….and then you get into ´Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water, Jack fell down, broke his crown, Jill came tumbling after´….that´s, uh, that´s too sad too, I don´t like to read that one, you know….he´ll find out enough about that one later on, you see, but now he´s got to where, he´s got to where like if I skip those sad stories, he knows that they´re in the book already and he goes back and opens to that page and makes me read those stories….just because, uh ….just ´cause they´re in the book (chuckles) anyway, here´s a little bedtime story for you…. you´re never too old….never too old….never too old….´´

12.07.92 London, England, middle of ´´Glory Days´´
´´Come on down, everybody….I feel like dancing….I feel some moves coming on….how am I doing? (crowd cheers) it´s alright, it´s alright….I want to say we got Crystal Talifiero on the guitar, percussion and vocals….Miss Angel Rogers….Miss Gia Giambotti….lovely Miss Carol Dennis….Miss Cleo Kennedy….Mr. Bobby King….Shane Fontaine on the guitar….the incredible (?) Mr. Zak Alford on the drums….Mr. Tommy Simms on the bass….and last but not least….Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) that´s right….yeah, give ´em a, give ´em a round of applause….now I know what you´re thinking….you´re thinking I´m walking like this because I´m getting tired….I know what you´re thinking….I know just what you´re thinking ….I ain´t been around in four years, then I was 39, now I´m 42, you´re thinking that, uh…. that around this time of night….an old man like me must get just a little bit tired, right?….I know what you´re thinking, you´re thinking I´m sitting in that big house in Beverly Hills, getting all fat, right?….and right about this time of night an old man might be feeling just a little, just, just a little bit tired, right?….well, I´m here tonight to testify, I´m here tonight to bring witness to the fact that….I´m real fucking tired right now….but that ain´t gonna stop me, ladies and gentlemen….all I need is one, all I need is the slightest invitation to carry on (crowd cheers) let´s rock!….´´

12.07.92 London, England, intro to ´´Thunder Road´´
´´Hell yeah….oh yeah, I´d like to, ooh, take a minute and like to thank everybody for coming down to the show….thank you so much, I´ve been coming here to London since 1975, as I told the crowd last night, when I was ten years old….but uh….I wanna say we´ve always been received so warmly here and I wanna just take a second and thank all of you for your enduring support, thank you very much….so (people ´Bruuce´) yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah….anyway, this is for, uh, this is for old-time fans….oh yeah, you have a little bit of grey creeping under there, you know (chuckles) here we go….´´

12.07.92 London, England, intro to ´´Born To Run´´
´´Thank you, thank you, thank you….alright, let´s do it, let´s do it, let´s do it….´´

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