Story 1992-10-21 Mountain View, CA

21.10.92 Mountain View, CA, intro to “Local Hero”
“Hello!…good evening (crowd cheers) Whoa! Sorry I missed you first time out * (crowd cheers) man…this, uh, this next song, I was, I was driving through the town I grew up in and I looked over in, in a department store window and I saw a picture of, uh, I think it was a German shepherd, then there was a Doberman, then there was me (chuckles) then there was Bruce Lee all lovingly kind of rendered on black velvet (laughs from the crowd) and underneath it said “Sale 19.99”…kind of puts the whole job right in perspective for you right there (chuckles) so come on, Zak, let me hear you…”
[The show was originally scheduled for October 8th but cancelled due to illness.]

21.10.92 Mountain View, CA, intro to “The Big Muddy”
“Thank you…thanks a lot…thanks, uh…I think when we…when we grow up, our parents kind of teach us to believe that there’s good, there’s evil and that there’s a right thing to and a wrong thing to do, in absolutes, in absolutes all the time…I think as you get a little older and you find your way through life a little bit, you realize you bump into all those spaces in-between…which is where most of us, I guess, end up living…”

21.10.92 Mountain View, CA, intro to “57 Channels”
“1992…you see American cities in flames again…you reap what you sow…”
[The intro to “If I Should Fall Behind” is missing from the source tape.]

21.10.92 Mountain View, CA, intro to “Leap of Faith”
“Yeah, thanks, uh…this next song, this part of the show, this is kind of what I like to think of as the romantic section of the show, it’s kind of where I’m kind of competing for that Neil Diamond-ticket as best as I can (laughs from the crowd) you know, you don’t sell as many records, you gotta, gotta make up that dough somewhere so it’s like, uh…anyway, is there anybody out there who still believes in love tonight? (crowd cheers) let me see your faces…(?) anybody out there who’s ever like, like had their names thrown into dirt, had a stake go through their heart, been humiliated, had their pride stripped away by love? (crowd cheers) but you’re still going back, right?…do we have any divorcees out there tonight? (some cheers)(?) everybody deserves a second chance, that’s what I say anyway (chuckles) but, uh, oh, anyway, this is a song about love ‘cause where there’s love, there’s faith, you see, and where there’s faith, there’s hope, and where there’s hope, there’s sex – that’s alright (crowd cheers) so this is a song about all those things, uh, divorce, adultery, love, all things that make life such a big fucking mess (laughs from the crowd) also if you listen closely, it’s kind of a personalized diary of my own sexual habits in, in just thinly disguised imagery so (crowd cheers) let’s be hopeful (chuckles)…”

21.10.92 Mountain View, CA, intro to “Man’s Job”
“You’re too far away out there…come on, Bobby, let’s bring it to ‘em…”

21.10.92 Mountain View, CA, middle of “Light of Day”
“I came three thousand miles just to be here tonight…all the way from the great state of New Jersey via Sweden, via France, via Rome, via Italy, via London, England, via Chicago, via Dallas, Texas, via the great Southwest, down through, down through, down through Los Angeles, spent a shit-load of money on a real fancy house just to get here to San Francisco tonight (crowd cheers) now I’m here tonight because of just one thing I wanna know…I know you’re disillusioned…I know you’re disenchanted…I know you’re disoriented…I know there’s 57 fucking channels and nothing on…so all I wanna know tonight is…can you tell me if…can you tell me if…can you please tell me…is there anybody still alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

21.10.92 Mountain View, CA, middle of “Glory Days”
“On the guitar and vocals and percussion, Miss Crystal Talifiero (crowd cheers) Miss Angel Rogers on the vocals (crowd cheers) Miss Gia Giambotti (crowd cheers) the wonderful Miss Carol Dennis (crowd cheers) Miss Cleo Kennedy (crowd cheers) soul man, Mr. Bobby King (crowd cheers) the great Shane Fontayne on the guitar (crowd cheers) mad man Tommy Simms on the bass (crowd cheers) the incredibly cool, Mr. Zak Alford on the drums (crowd cheers) and here tonight…Professor Roy Bittan on the keyboards (the biggest cheers from the crowd)…”

21.10.92 Mountain View, CA, intro to “Thunder Road”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) thanks a lot…I wanna take a second and thank everybody for coming down to the show tonight, thank you very much (crowd cheers) I hope we didn’t inconvenience you too much the first time out, I was sick as a dog and, uh…anyway, I’d like to, uh, just take a minute and, uh…send this out to all my old fans and, uh (crowd cheers) (?) I’ve been doing this a long time and I want you to know that I appreciate your long-standing support, thank you again (crowd cheers) there’s supposed to be a boy who came all the way from England…should have caught us on the East coast, that’s closer…that’s closer…for you…alright…”

21.10.92 Mountain View, CA, intro to “Born to Run”
“Can’t send you home without this one so…”

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi

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