Story 1992-09-29 San Diego, CA

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, intro to “Better Days”
“Good evening, my friends (crowd cheers)…”

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, intro to “Local Hero”
“Hello out there (crowd cheers) long time no see (crowd cheers) I think 1980 was the last time I was in San Diego *…anyway, good to see you…this, uh, this next song, I was driving through the town I grew up in and I looked over a J.J.Newberry’s window, there was a picture of, I think it was a German Shepherd, then there was a Doberman, all painted on black velvet…then there was me (chuckles) then there was Bruce Lee…underneath was a big sign that said “Sale: 19.99”…my own hometown! (chuckles) shit! (crowd cheers) kind of puts the whole job into perspective, you know what I mean? (chuckles)…”
[* Actually the previous time Bruce played in San Diego was on September 2nd, 1981.]

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, intro to “Lucky Town”
“Let’s get lucky now, come on…”

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, intro to “Atlantic City”
“Thank you…oh, as I wrote this song ‘round 1982…it was really hard times in the country and hard times are here now…(?) politics have really hurt people in the middle and at the bottom really hard (crowd cheers) this is a song about slipping through the cracks…”

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, intro to “The Big Muddy”
“Thank you…when you’re a kid, you’re brought up to…you’re brought up in all those absolutes, things are good, things are bad, things are right, things are wrong…and, uh, you get older and you learn about all the spaces in between (?)…”

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, intro to “57 Channels”
“1992 you see American cities in flames again…you reap what you sow…”

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, intro to “If I Should Fall Behind” (following “Living Proof”)
“Thank you (crowd cheers) thank you…I, I wrote that song…a little while after my son was born and, uh (crowd cheers) thank you, Patti (chuckles) I got a beautiful son and a beautiful daughter now …yeah…all those…all those clichés and things, you know, you find out that they’re all true…like, uh…you know, you look at everything really differently and checking everything you’re doing and, uh…I think one of the things you wonder about is the kind of legacy you’re, that you’re leaving, what kind of world you’re leaving kids in the end, you know, the good things that we do that we leave behind and the children that we leave behind, that’s our afterlife… and it’s scary, bringing kids into the world is scary today, looking around in this country particularly you see we’re leaving them a real legacy of fear…and if you’re anybody who lived through the riots…(?)…you know, it’s, uh…anyway, it’s time to register and then vote (crowd cheers) sometimes I feel like I’m getting too old to believe in, in either politicians or rock stars…but, uh, it’d be nice to have an administration that’s at least interested in all the people (crowd cheers) ‘cause, uh, I don’t think we want to live our lives or have our children live their lives where it seems we’re looking over our shoulder all the time…”

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, intro to “Leap of Faith”
“Alright…do we have any divorcees in the crowd tonight? (some cheers) oh! it’s a mess, huh? this is a song about second chances, yeah…a song about love because where there’s love, there’s faith, where there’s faith, there’s hope, where there’s hope, there’s sex (crowd cheers) all the good things (chuckles) you have fear here, you got love over there and the only way you get from here to there is with a leap of faith so have courage out there!…”

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, after “Leap of Faith”
“That’s my people! (crowd cheers)…”

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, after “Roll of the Dice”
“Mr. Bobby King! (crowd cheers) Cleo Kennedy, Miss Carol Dennis (crowd cheers) thank you (crowd cheers) we’re gonna, we’re gonna take a short break, gonna go backstage, jog a couple of miles, lift a few weights, we’ll be out in a little while with some more rock and soul entertainment for you (crowd cheers)…”

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, middle of “Light of Day”
“I came three thousand miles all the way from the great state of New Jersey just to be here tonight (crowd cheers) I came via Sweden, via France, via Italy, via Spain, via London, England, via the great city of Chicago, down towards the Midwest, down into Texas, up through the Southwest, down to Los Angeles, spent a shit load of money on a real fancy house, and all the way down to San Diego now (crowd cheers) now I’m here tonight because I got one thing on my mind, there’s one thing I gotta know…I know you’re downhearted…I know you’re depressed…I know you’re disillusioned…I know you’re disaffected…I know you’re disenchanted and I know there’s 57 fucking channels and nothing on…but there’s one thing I gotta know here tonight and what I wanna know is…is there anybody still alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, intro to “Thunder Road”
“Thank you…oh…I’d like to thank everybody for coming down to the show tonight, thank you very much (crowd cheers) it’s nice to be back in San Diego (crowd cheers) I won’t stay away so long next time (chuckles) (crowd cheers) I’ve been playing for such a long time now and, uh…I guess I’d like to do this for you, all my old fans, thank you for your long-time support (crowd cheers) appreciate it…”

29.09.92 San Diego, CA, intro to “Born to Run”
“I can’t send you home without this one, here we go…”

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi

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