Story 1992-10-03 Phoenix, AZ
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03.10.92 Phoenix, AZ, intro to ‘The Big Muddy’:
‘‘Thank you….Thanks…Well….I think we’ve all, one time or another, believed in absolute (?) that…..uh, there’s good, there’s bad…..a right thing to do or a wrong thing to do…..and uh, you get a little older and you start finding about, uh…..finding out about…all the spaces in between those places….from experience, so…..”

03.10.92 Phoenix, AZ, intro to ‘The River’:
”Thanks…..This is, uh….I wrote this song when there was really hard times early 80’s….out there in the country, still hard times in the 90’s…..uh, people been pushed down and out really hard the past decade….(?) the current administration….This is a song about just barely holdin’ on….”

03.10.92 Phoenix, AZ, intro to ‘If I Should Fall Behind’ (after ‘Living Proof’)
”Thanks….I wrote that song awhile after my little boy was born…..(crowd cheers) kids, they….they (?) a lot of hope all the time, just….hope of change (chuckles)….gets you to rise above yourself in all your daily sort of …..cynicism….can’t afford to be cynical when those little babies are runnin’around (chuckles)….you can´t really afford despair, you can’t really afford ….hopelessness, when you got these….kids runnin’ around , when you see (?) the future…’cause they’re like your afterlife, you know …..the big shitty mess that you make while you’re here, you gotta clean up (chuckles)…so…they get you thinkin’about a lotta things , you know, it’s…..a scary world to bring kids into, something everybody who lived through the….through the Los Angeles riots, which everybody did, thanks to television….there’s uh….it’s a scary time when you realise that….that you’re only this far away from a country where, uh….on any given day, doesn’t matter what you feel in your heart, doesn’t matter where you stand….doesn’t matter what you believe in, doesn’t matter who you are, all that matters is what you look like , as to whether you’re gonna live or die (crowd yells)….that’s a scary thought….a lot of people live with that every day , you know…..so, I guess, uh…..it’s voting time (chuckles)….are you registered out there ? (crowd yells)….haven’t voted, voted in a long time, I’m gonna vote this year….and uh, I think it’s important to have an administration ….I’m a little old, too old to believe too much in politicians or in rock stars to (?) (laughs) …but uh, I think it’s important to have an administration that’s at least interested ….in all the people… so…anyway, uh, this is a song about, uh, how hard it is to come together….”

03.10.92 Phoenix, AZ, intro to ‘Leap of Faith’:
” Yeah, this is the part of the show now where I gotta….I have to stop because we have a sponsor now, you know….I got a sponsor tonight, like everybody’s got sponsors these days (some people boo) ….I got a sponsor….(more boos)…Yeah, you stop sellin’all those records, you gotta make up that money somehow, you see (chuckles)….But, wait, wait, I’m not gonna try and sell you no , like athletic sneakers….I’m not gonna try and sell you no, uh….beer or perfume or anything like that….uh….’cause our sponsor tonight is….is LOVE, that’s right, ladies and gentlemen! (crowd cheers)….We’re sponsored by love here tonight !…Has anybody ever been in love out there ? (crowd cheers)….Come on, that’s….I know, gimme….that’s all the people that ever been in love out there ? (crowd cheers louder)….Gimme a little faith (chuckles)…now, who’s been in love and had like their pride stripped away, been stabbed throught the heart, had….had their….been humiliated, been (?) (crowd yells)…oh, yeah….oh, yeah….you keep comin’back, you see…..that takes, uh….faith….(chuckles)…where there’s faith, there’s hope and where there’s hope, there’s …..SEX! (crowd cheers)…That’s how it all works out (giggles)…so, anyway….this next song is kinda ‘bout love, faith, hope, sex, divorce, adultery, all the things that make life a big fucking mess and it’s a diary of my own personal sexual habits ! (crowd cheers)….in only thinly veiled imagery , so….Let’s (?)….”

03.10.92 Phoenix, AZ, intro to ‘Working on the Highway’:
(someone throws Bruce a vest with the image of Elvis on the back) ”Hell, it’s Saturday night….bonus track, bonus track !…..(crowd cheers)…I think the Elvis vest will be appropriate for this one….”

03.10.92 Phoenix, AZ, intro to ‘Thunder Road’:
”Thanks a lot….Thanks….I wanna say it’s great to be back in Phoenix (crowd cheers)…(?) coming here, uh….the first time I came here was like 1974…75….I was nine years old (chuckles)…(?)…but uh….we had so many great shows over at that Celebrity Theatre, you know (crowd cheers)…..this was, uh…..this was uh, this was one of the first towns that really gave us, uh….gave us a lotta support….at the start (crowd cheers)….always got a good crowd when you came here, you know….yeah…. so, uh….just wanna do this for all my….old fans out there (crowd cheers)….to show that I appreciate you hanging out with me (chuckles….)

03.10.92 Phoenix, AZ, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´I drove 3,000 miles all the way from the great state of New Jersey just to be here tonight….. came via Sweden, via France, via Italy, via Rome, via London, England, via the great city of Chicago, went down to Dallas, Texas, up through the Southwest, out to San Francisco, spent a whole shitload of money on a real fancy house in Los Angeles, down to San Diego, to here tonight, to Phoenix, Arizona…..I´m here tonight because I have one thing on my mind, I have one thing that I´ve got to know….I know you´re downhearted….I know you´re disillusioned ….I know, I know there´s 57 fucking channels and nothing on….but I´m here tonight because there´s just one thing I´ve got to know….and what I wanna know is….what I wanna know is ….what I´ve got to know is, what I´ve got to know is…..is there anybody alive out there ? (cheers)…..´´

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