Story 1992-08-22 Cleveland, OH

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “Better Days”
“Good evening, Cleveland (crowd cheers)…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “Lucky Town”
“Are you feeling lucky out there tonight? (crowd cheers)…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “Atlantic City” (following “Lucky Town”)
“Yeah, lucky town, lucky town…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “Growin’ Up”
“Cleveland Boys (crowd cheers) alright, this is for Jimmy and the Cleveland Boys (crowd cheers) the old compadres…what’s up? things are good (chuckles)… alright, Jimmy…here we go…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “57 Channels”
“It’s 1992, you see American cities on fire again…President doesn’t mention the greatest American riots in this century in his commencement speech (?)…you reap what you sow…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “If I Should Fall Behind”
“Oh, thank you (crowd cheers) thank you…oh yeah…this next song, it took me a long time to write this song…I think in a lot of my earlier music I was kind of writing, uh…about a dream of a world without limitations…and real short-term blessings… and, uh, I think this song is, you know, it’s a song about a world with…learning how to live within, within the limits that life, that life provides and digging up some of those long-term blessings…that keep you going …so…anyway…this is for the long road…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “Leap of Faith”
“Thanks…we got, uh, we got any divorcees in the crowd tonight? (not much response)(chuckles) that’s all? holy cow!…do we have any, any married people? (some cheers) divorcees? (no response) never been married, completely innocent? (some cheers) just standing up there, waiting to fall, right? (chuckles) oh shit, alright, what the hell…I’ll do this for all the divorcees and all the married people…and, uh, this is a song about wonderful things in life, uh, let me see…true love, adultery (chuckles) all the things that make life just a big fucking mess (chuckles) (crowd cheers) but interesting, interesting and a lot of fun…alright…because, man, once you fall and you get back up, you got to have a little faith (chuckles)(crowd cheers) and where there’s faith, there’s love, where there’s hope, there’s love, where there’s love, there’s hope, where there’s love, there’s faith, where there’s love, there’s faith and where there’s hope, there’s sex (crowd cheers) and away we go! (chuckles)…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “Man’s Job”
“Feels good out there (crowd cheers) come on, Bobby King…we got a job to do…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, after “Roll of the Dice”
“Bobby King (crowd cheers) Carol Dennis…Cleo Kennedy (crowd cheers)(?) alright…we’re gonna take a short break, we’re just warming up (crowd cheers)(?) we’re gonna be back with a whole lot more rock’n’soul music in a little while (crowd cheers)…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “I Wish I Were Blind”
“(Band starts the song all wrong) We’re fucking up but we’ll be right with you…take it, Roy (chuckles)…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, middle of “Light of Day”
“I’m driving one hundred miles…two hundred miles…three hundred miles…still ain’t where I’m going, I’m going four hundred miles…five hundred miles…six hundred miles…still ain’t where I’m going, I’m going seven hundred miles…eight hundred miles…nine hundred miles…one thousand miles…twelve hundred miles…fifteen hundred miles (?) driving all across the U.S because I come into Cleveland with a message tonight (crowd cheers) I came all the way from the great state of New Jersey via California to bring a message to the people in Cleveland tonight (crowd cheers) I’m here to tell you what that message is, what I wanna know…I came a thousand miles because I wanna know…is there life in Cleveland tonight? (crowd cheers) is there life in Cleveland tonight? (crowd cheers) if you’re alive out there, let me hear you for a minute (crowd cheers) …”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “Human Touch”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) alright…thanks for the beer (?) (chuckles) feels real good in my hair right now (chuckles) one of those beer shampoos…Patti’s gonna help me out on this one…and on everything else (chuckles)…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “Glory Days”
“Alright, let’s rock it now…
(…) Miss Crystal Talifiero on the guitar and vocals and the percussion (crowd cheers) come on down, everybody…we got Miss Angel Rogers on the vocals, Gia Giambotti…the lovely Miss Carol Dennis…Cleo Kennedy…soul man, Mr Bobby King…Shane Fontayne on the guitar…Zak Alford on the drums…Tommy Simms on the bass …and (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan on the keyboards (crowd cheers) let’s hear it for college education (crowd cheers)…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “Thunder Road”
“I just wanna thank everybody for coming down to the shows here in Cleveland (crowd cheers) this has been, uh, such a great town for me for such a long time (crowd cheers) got a lot of support when we came here early on and, uh…I know it’s tough times out there and I wanna let you know I appreciate your long-standing support, thank you very much (crowd cheers) so who was alive in ’75? (crowd cheers) who was alive and talking in ’75? (chuckles) (crowd cheers) alright (chuckles)…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “Born to Run”
“Can’t send you home without this one…here we go…”

22.08.92 Cleveland, OH, intro to “Working on the Highway”
“Hell, it’s Saturday night, you can’t be ready to go home yet (crowd cheers) come on, let’s do one more…(music starts) we got some road work to do now…”

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