Story 1992-10-06 Sacramento, CA

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Better Days”
“Good evening, my friends (crowd cheers)…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Local Hero”
“How’s everybody tonight? (crowd cheers) that’s good…woo!… alright…this next song, I was driving through my hometown and I looked over at the, into J.J. Newberry’s window and I saw a picture of, uh, there was a Doberman painted on black velvet…then there was Bruce Lee, then there was me and underneath it said “Sale 19.99” (chuckles) my own hometown…kind of gives you a good perspective for the job, you know (chuckles) let me hear it, Zak, come on…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Lucky Town”
“Thank you…alright…let’s get a little lucky now…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, intro to “The Big Muddy”
“Thanks (crowd cheers) thank you…this song, I guess it’s a song about hard choices…there’s, uh…a lot of hard times for a lot of people out there right now and, uh…ten years of the trickle-down theory pushed a lot of people down, from the middle down and right out…and, uh…this is a song about, uh, you know when you grow up and as a child you’re taught there’s good and there’s evil, there’s right and there’s wrong and then you get a little older and you find out about all those places in between…so…and the hard choice…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, intro to “57 Channels”
“It’s 1992…you see American cities in flames again…well, you reap… what you sow…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, intro to “If I Should Fall Behind” (following “Living Proof”)
“Thank you (crowd cheers) thanks…oh…I wrote that song a little while after my son was born (crowd cheers) yeah, I got a beautiful baby boy, got a beautiful baby girl (chuckles) it’s nice…a lot of work …harder than those records (chuckles)…but, uh…you know, all those clichés are true – how many people got babysitters working out there tonight? (some cheers) alright (chuckles) you know what I’m talking about, all those clichés are true once you…once you have those kids everything looks different, you know…you look around the world and your kids, they take you out of yourself, you know, they don’t let you live inside your head, you know, my kids are always saying, you know, “Come out of there…come out and play…come out into the real world,” you know (chuckles) yeah… and, uh, then you get thinking about the legacy, the kind of world you’re leaving them behind, the kind of country you’re leaving them and it’s pretty scary, you know, bringing your kids up today, there’s so many things and so many places to fall and, uh…anybody that lived through the L.A riots – as everybody did, thanks to television – and you got a glimpse of, you got a glimpse of a country where on any given day you’re in the wrong place, it doesn’t matter where you stand, it doesn’t matter what you think, doesn’t matter what you feel in your heart, the only thing that matters is what you look like as to whether you’re gonna live or die…that’s a scary, I don’t want my kids growing up in a country like that or in a city like that if I can help it…so are you registered to vote is what I wanna know! (crowd cheers) alright, I haven’t voted in a long time, but I’m gonna vote this year – I think, uh…sometimes I feel too old to believe in either politicians or in rock stars (chuckles) but, uh, it’d be nice to have an administration that’s at least interested in all the people (some cheers) so…maybe we…maybe our kids wouldn’t have to grow up in a society where they gotta keep looking over their shoulder all the time…anyway…this is a song about, uh, coming together…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Leap of Faith”
“Yeah, thanks a lot…I know – take the boy out of Jersey, you can’t take the Jersey out of the boy (some cheers) oh man, we got any divorcees in the crowd out there tonight? (some cheers)(chuckles) ooh, that’s mess!…alright, this is a song about second chances, everybody, everybody deserves a second chance…a song about, it’s about love, and where there’s love, there’s faith, you gotta have faith, you keep coming back and get banged on the head (chuckles) where there’s faith, there’s hope and where there’s hope, there’s sex, of course, you see, that’s (crowd cheers) it keeps the whole thing rolling along (chuckles) anyway, this is a song about love, faith, hope, sex, uh, it’s, uh, it’s, uh, kind of a little diary of my own personal sexual practises in thinly disguised imagery…so…let’s be hopeful (chuckles)…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Man’s Job”
“Yeah…come on down, Bobby…are you ready to do it now? (crowd cheers)…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, middle of “Roll of the Dice”
“Oh, bring it down now…now bring it way, way down…let’s make it darker…a little darker than this…little bit darker…because when it comes, it comes way up out of the darkness…up out of the night… when you feel like there’s no hope in sight…now have you ever been so lonely?…I wanna know have you ever felt so lost inside?… have you ever been so lonely?…lost like…like you weren’t sure of who you were any more…you weren’t sure of what you were doing …or the things that you loved…well, have you ever felt so lost inside?…have you ever felt so lonely?…have you ever felt so empty?…well, it’s just a kiss away…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, after “Roll of the Dice”
“Bobby King (crowd cheers) Cleo Kennedy (crowd cheers) Miss Carol Dennis (crowd cheers) my band (crowd cheers) we’re just getting warmed up now, we’re just getting warmed up (crowd cheers) we’re gonna take a short break, we’re gonna go backstage, jog a few miles, lift a few weights and we’ll be back out pretty soon with some more rock and soul entertainment for you (crowd cheers) we’ll see you in a little while, ok? (crowd cheers)…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, middle of “Light of Day”
“I drove three thousand miles all the way from the great state of New Jersey (crowd cheers) I came via Sweden, via France, via Italy, via Rome, via London, England, via Paris, via the city of Chicago, down through Dallas, Texas, up through San Francisco, Los Angeles where I spent a shit load of money on a real fancy house, San Diego, Phoenix, Arizona to be here tonight in Sacramento (crowd cheers) I’m here tonight because there’s just one thing I wanna know, I’m here tonight because I’ve got just one question that I’ve got to ask you…I know you’re downhearted…I know you’re disillusioned…I know you’re disenchanted…I know you’re disappointed out there…I know there’s 57 fucking channels and nothing on…so what I wanna know is is there still anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Human Touch”
“Alright, thank you…I’ve never been to Sacramento* – pretty nice (chuckles) you got a sweet disposition out there (chuckles)…”
[*Actually Bruce had played in Sacramento on October 29, 1975. According to Brucebase, only 600 of the then available 2,000 tickets were sold.]

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Glory Days”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) come on, Freddie, let’s rock this thing, man…are you ready out there?…
(…) On the guitar and vocals and percussion, Miss Crystal Talfiero (crowd cheers) Miss Angel Rogers singing…Miss Gia Giambotti…the lovely Carol Dennis…Miss Cleo Kennedy…soul man, Mr. Bobby King (crowd cheers) rocking Shane Fontayne on the guitar (crowd cheers) mad man Tommy Simms on the bass back there (crowd cheers) the incredible Zak Alford on the drums (crowd cheers) and last but not least…the only member of the band with a high school and college education, Professor Roy Bittan on the keyboards (crowd cheers)…
(…) I can’t keep doing this shit like I used to (crowd cheers) too old now, man (crowd cheers) I gotta go home, get those babies up in the morning (crowd cheers) oh! (crowd cheers) don’t sue me if you get a heart attack out there (crowd cheers) don’t be suing me (crowd cheers) I tell you I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t…I feel it coming on…one, two (goes back into the song)…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Thunder Road”
“Thank you…oh, alright…I’d like to thank everybody for coming down to the show tonight, thank you all very much (crowd cheers) yeah, I’ve been, uh, been…been doing this a long time now and I wanna say I appreciate your support (crowd cheers) this is, uh, I wanna do this song for all my old fans out there tonight (crowd cheers)…”

06.10.92 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Born to Run”
“Thanks…I wanna say thanks, you guys been great…never been here before and I was feeling kind of funky* tonight, you lifted me right up (chuckles) got me through, alright (crowd cheers) can’t send you home without this one…”
[* The show in Tacoma had to been postponed due to Bruce’s cold to October 13th.]

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi

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