Story 1992-08-10 East Rutherford, NJ
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10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Local Hero´
´´There I was…driving down 537….past Federici´s pizza parlor…Harrison drug store…. and then a light came on….and I turned….and there was this image in a window….”
(….) And first we gotta get you some new (?) and then, uh, we gotta get you on the radio and then, uh, we gotta get you, we gotta put out some t-shirts, t-shirts, you gotta have t-shirts and then we´ll get you on, uh, on, uh, ´Geraldo´ and then, and then there will be strange offerings from the crowd….He´s just a local hero….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Spirit in the Night´
´´Thanks, this is for my, uh, my old friend Mad Dog Vincent Lopez who´s out there tonight….who´s madder than you´ll ever be (chuckles)….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´57 Channels´
´´1992….American cities burning again….(?)….you reap what you sow….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´My Hometown´ (following ´Living Proof´)
´´Oh, thank you….now, kids….uh….(?) I never really held any real religious beliefs and uh….when you see those little babies being born….it’s like you’re looking right into your afterlife, you know….this next song, this is a song about the legacy that we leave for our children….. what kind of world we leave….what we do and how we nurture their little spirits….and uh…and how they make us….stronger than, than we were, uh…..read a book that said ‘Nothing you ever do for a child is wasted’….that’s true….you know, there´s uh ….some small thing you do for ‘em, 30 years, 40 years later….if I’m laying in bed at night and some memory will come back to me from when I was ten or when I was eight, the way something smelled, the way the grass smelled or a field smelled or something that my dad gave me or mom did for me….and it was just some little thing that…..that made like a permanent work of art inside your head….kids are good for you, they always want you to come out from inside your head, out into the real world and play with ´em….so….. tonight …. before I go any further….I wanna do this from my children to your children….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Leap of Faith´
´´Thank you, thank you, alright….damn….this is our last night here at the Meadowlands…. yeah, been having a good time….(?) this is uh, this is kind of the part of the show, you know, I can go into the bit about, you know, we got a sponsor, who´s been here before ? (huge cheers) now then I´m gonna skip all that shit then, alright (chuckles) ain´t gonna waste my goddamn time going over it again, you know what this song is about, love, hope, faith, sex, alright….good, I gotta tell you, you know, it´s also about, you know, getting up the courage and, you know, before we came and before we opened up the first night, I gotta admit I was, I was a little bit nervous (chuckles) but not much, not much, not much, not much, you know, I´ve been doing this (?) but I was a little bit scared, you know….alright, that´s when you need to have a little….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Is there anybody alive out there ? (cheers) is there anybody alive in the building tonight ? (cheers) is there anybody alive out there ? (cheers) (?) I want you to raise your voice so that they can hear us in goddamn California !….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Glory Days´
´´We got a job to do, we´re not done yet, let´s go…Little Steven gonna come out and give me a hand on this one….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of ´Hungry Heart´
´´(introduces the band)….By the power invested in me, you are now all honorary New Jerseyans….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Thunder Road´
´´Thank you, want to, uh, thank everybody for coming down to the shows that we did here….we know a lot of you guys been here more than one night and….uh….this was really, this was a big time for me, it was, uh…..all I can say it´s good (?) coming back home….uh….and more satisfying thing, I want to, uh….this is a, this is an old song, uh…. (?)…I guess all I have to say is that, uh, 20 years down the road I appreciate your support ….a song, you don´t really find out what a song means or what it can mean until there´s somebody out there to sing it to and uh….you´ve just been a great, great audience and I just want to….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Born to Run´
´´I wanna do this song and dedicate it to my band because not only these guys been playing more than three hours every night but they´ve been here in the afternoon rehearsing every, rehearsing every afternoon to learn some new stuff to play because we know a lot of you guys come (?) so….this was a big, this was a big gig for all of us (chuckles) you know and uh….I just wanna thank, I wanna thank all of you…..honorary New Jerseyans (chuckles)….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Sandy´
´´(?)…this is uh, this is the last night so….we have a few surprises for you….got a New Jersey medley (?)…to commemorate the great Garden State….that´s inspired so much of my finest work….oh….(?)….(tunes his guitar) close enough for rock and roll….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Rosalita´
´´Oh, we will now risk greatly…for we have never played this never before….are you ready to take some chances ? (cheers) is the band ready to take some chances ? (?)….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Jersey Girl´
´´Oh yeah…I´m gonna continue on a little bit here….can´t go without doing this thing….I was lucky when….I grew up around a….lot of really strong women and uh…..and my aunts are here tonight…..they got a lot of balls ! (chuckles)….and uh…they just, uh….I don´t know, gonna do this for them, ok….”

10.08.92 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Working on the Highway´
´´I got some work to do….I got some work to do and it feels good…..”

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