Story 1992-07-26 East Rutherford, NJ

26.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Local Hero´
´´There I was….coming down 537….past Federici´s pizza parlor….coming up on the old J.J.Newberry´s on the right side of town….”

26.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Dancing in the Dark´
´´I was sitting on the edge of my bed in New York City….”

26.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´If I Should Fall Behind´
´´Thank you, how you doing out there tonight ? (cheers)….this song, this is uh….this is a song about that one thing that you just can´t face…..different thing for everybody, I guess, but uh ….I´m just gonna sing it (chuckles)….”

26.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´57 Channels´
´´It´s 1992, you see American cities burning again…..there are people been left for (?)…. without giving ´em the small respect that it takes to raise your family and make sure your kids´ll get to school safe….to find a job, find a place for yourself….you reap what you sow ….”

26.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´My Hometown´
´´Thank you, thank you very much….oh….kids (chuckles)….do we, uh… any moms and dads out there tonight ? (cheers)…this is uh….my life´s changed a whole lot since the last time I´ve been in this building, you know….a lot of good things, not easy (chuckles) but a lot of good things….and uh….I got my beautiful little girl, six months….a little boy ….yeah, a lot more work than those damn records, let me tell you (chuckles)….and uh…. it´s the old cliches, you know, it changes the way you see everything, it changes the way you feel (?) kids are good, you know, they, uh… know, I, I used to, I grew up spending so much time inside my head, think I spent more time inside my head than I did anyplace… get those little babies and they don´t let you stay in there, you know, they´re always ´Come out´, you know, they want you to come out into the real world all the time with them….it´s good, it´s a good thing….but I wrote this song ten years ago, I guess it´s a song about the things, the things and the legacy that we´re gonna leave our children out there, what kind of world we´re gonna leave ´em….you know, how we´re gonna, what we´re gonna (?) their small spirits with and, uh, kids are good, they make you wanna be strong for ´em…….I don´t know, gonna do this to all the, for all the moms and dads out there tonight….you know….and uh….this is gonna be from my children to your children, God bless ´em…..”

26.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ‘Leap of Faith’
‘‘Thank you, thank you, thank you…..yeah… this is the part of the show where I stop and I explain to the audience that we´ve got a sponsor tonight….that’s right, we’ve got a sponsor (chuckles)(?) one more, one more, ah, now, wait a minute…..who is out there selling this stuff with the headband and the jacket and the whole thing ?….somebody’s making a lot of motherfucking shit ! (chuckles)….alright, alright, alright….anyway, I’m not gonna try and sell you no sneakers, I’m not gonna try and sell you no beer, I’m not gonna try and sell you no, no, uh, no, uh,uh…..that’s right, there are a few things out in the concession stands during intermission but I’m not gonna mention those right now because our sponsor tonight is (crowd : ‘Love!’), that’s right, that’s right, now who out there has been stepped on, messed up, stabbed in the heart, broken in half, had their pride stripped away, been humiliated, nabbed at by love ? (cheers)…..thank you for your honesty….but you keep coming back and you keep coming back and that takes faith…you’ve got to have faith, you’ve got to have hope and this next song is about hope, love, faith and bizarre sexual practises….because over here you´ve got love, over here you’ve got fear and there’s only one way to get between the two….”

26.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, middle of ´Glory Days´
´´Alright now….come on down and join the party, everybody….starting to feel good now…. this is kind of where I start warming up, you know what I mean….you can tell by the way I´m moving here (?)….these are my very best moves….I wanna say (introduces the band)…. feels good….I´m feeling pretty happy now….feeling in a real good mood….. despite, you know, I mean like I know on that big radio broadcast, you know, like I shot my mouth off like, I said like how my records were gonna be like zooming back to the top of the charts and stuff….I was absolutely positive that was gonna happen, you know, because, uh, I know everybody here bought ´em (cheers) yeah, that´s just what I thought (chuckles) but, but I checked the charts the other day and one was, Jesus Christ, it was way down there, it was like….the thing that´s bugging me is like Weird Al Yankovich is higher….HOW THE FUCK IS THAT ?….I don´t know, I don´t know, alright…..and Lucky Town, that sucker was way down there at a hundred and fucking five, that thing was way….but, but that don´t bother me ….it don´t bother me….because I´m here to say that, that we´re here, we´re here for a bigger reason than just selling ´em records….that´s right….we´re here for, for, for a higher reason, a bigger reason than just getting out on the road and raking in all ´em big bucks….and when I could think of what it is, I´ll tell you, and until then, uuh, let´s rock…..”

26.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Thunder Road´
´´Oh yeah….want to thank everybody for coming down to the show….thank you all…. seems I´ve really been enjoying being home, feels good…..yeah….and I´m gonna do this for my old fans out there….and uh….oh, there´s a lot of miles in this song now….and uh…. yeah….”

26.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Jersey Girl´
´´Thank you….I´ve got one more for you, uh, got all my relatives here tonight….and I, I was lucky when I was growing up, I was surrounded by a lot of strong women and uh…. gonna do this for my sister, Ginny, Pam and uh… mom showed me the value of hard work, my aunts just turned 70 (chuckles) and for all the other ladies of this (?) state….”

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