Story 1992-11-15 Hartford, CT

15.11.92 Hartford, CT, intro to “Better Days”
“Good evening, my friends (crowd cheers)…”

15.11.92 Hartford, CT, intro to “Local Hero”
“Good evening (crowd cheers) how you doing tonight? (crowd cheers)…”

15.11.92 Hartford, CT, intro to “Lucky Town”
“Alright, here’s a song is about starting over…(?)…”

15.11.92 Hartford, CT, intro to “The Big Muddy”
“Thanks (crowd cheers) thanks…here’s, uh…here’s a song about…I think when we’re brought up, we’re all brought up to kind of believe that there’s good and there’s evil and that there’s right and there’s wrong and, uh…sort of believe in absolutes…then you get out, get out into the world a little bit and you get a little older and you find about all those spaces in-between those things all the time…and you spend the rest of your life trying to make your way, make your way through ‘em…and…this is, uh…this is a song about finding yourself out there in the Big Muddy (crowd cheers)…”

15.11.92 Hartford, CT, intro to “57 Channels”
“It’s 1992…see American cities…in flames again…you reap what you sow…”

15.11.92 Hartford, CT, intro to “If I Should Fall Behind” (following “Living Proof”)
“Thanks, uh…thank you…I wrote, uh…been telling the folks I wrote that song a little while after my song was born (crowd cheers) yeah!…yeah, I got a beautiful little boy and a beautiful little girl now (crowd cheers) that’s nice…that’s nice…it’s a good feeling, you know, they take you out of yourself and, uh, they’re like…they’re like, it’s like looking at your afterlife ‘cause they’re kind of…once you have those kids you can’t afford, uh, you can’t afford too much despair or…cynicism, I guess…(?) you kind of have your afterlife, you got, you’re looking at your future, you know, sort of sitting there and pissing on your leg half the time (chuckles) oh, yeah, that’s good…but, uh…you know, it’s sort of, uh, I guess it always feels like a scary world to bring your kids into, I think, we lived, lived through those Los Angeles riots, as everybody sort of had a chance to, thanks to television, you got glimpse of a society that’s so close, so close to a situation where on a particular day it doesn’t matter what you believe or it doesn’t matter what you feel in your heart, it doesn’t matter where you stand or what your political beliefs are, all that matters is what you look like as to whether you’re gonna live or die…that’s a pretty scary country to grow up in …and, uh…and I guess when you get a little older, you know, it’s kind of hard to put too much faith in politicians or in rock stars (chuckles)(crowd cheers) but I’m gonna do this song tonight, I guess, for you and for me and gonna do this especially for Bill Clinton (chuckles)(crowd cheers)…”

15.11.92 Hartford, CT, intro to “Leap of Faith”
“Oh, thanks…this, uh…this next song, this is kind of, it’s a song, I guess, about second chances…you know, after love kind of stabs you through the heart, puts your face in the mud…(?) all over but you keep coming back all the time (chuckles)…this is kind of, this is sort of a song about, you know, those things, about finding love again and finding faith and finding hope and of course where all those things are, hopefully sex is not too far behind (crowd cheers) but, uh…this is kind of unusual, you know, this is kind of my, I guess this next song is sort of my “Erotica,” you know (laughs from the crowd) yeah, uh, it’s a song sort of about my own personal sexual habits and, uh (crowd cheers) I may be putting a book out pretty soon myself, you know (crowd cheers) sort of in my…all wide selection of my leopard skin underwear or something (chuckles) (crowd cheers) I’m not, I’m not gonna call it, I’m gonna title or anything, I’m just gonna put on the cover like “50 bucks, please” or something…gotta, gotta make some of that money now that those records aren’t selling, but anyway…anyway…if you want to find love, you got to have faith! (crowd cheers)…”

15.11.92 Hartford, CT, after “Roll of the Dice”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you…we’re gonna take a short break, we’re gonna go backstage, lift a few weights, run a few miles on the treadmill, then we’re gonna be right back out here with some more rock and soul entertainment for you (crowd cheers) so we’ll see you in a little while, ok? (crowd cheers)…”

15.11.92 Hartford, CT, middle of “Light of Day”
“I came thousands and thousands of miles just to be here tonight …I came via the great state of New Jersey just to be here tonight… I came via Sweden, via France, via Italy, via Rome, via London, England just to get here tonight…via New York City, via Philadelphia, via Boston…via Chicago, via the great Midwest, Dallas, Houston, Austin…San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles…I spent a shit load of money on a real fancy house…went up to Canada…came down just to get here tonight…I’m here tonight because I’ve got one thing that I’ve got to know…I got a question that I need an answer to…I know you’re downhearted…I know you’re disillusioned …I know you’re disappointed…I know you’re distressed…I know, I know, I know there’s 57 fucking channels and nothing on…and so all I need to know is…is there life in Connecticut? (crowd cheers)…”

15.11.92 Hartford, CT, middle of “Glory Days”
“On the guitar and the percussion and the vocals, Miss Crystal Talifiero (crowd cheers) on the vocals, Miss Angel Rogers…Miss Gia Giambotti…the lovely Carol Dennis…Miss Cleo Kennedy…soul man, Mr. Bobby King (crowd cheers) the great Shane Fontayne on the guitar (crowd cheers) and working the big room tonight, mad man Mr. Tommy Simms on the bass (crowd cheers) incredibly cool Mr. Zak Alford on the drums (crowd cheers) and all the way from Long Island…Professor Roy Bittan on the keyboards (crowd cheers)…”

15.11.92 Hartford, CT, intro to “Thunder Road”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) thanks…I wanna take a second and thank everybody for coming down tonight, thanks a lot (crowd cheers) appreciate it…I’ve been playing for a long time now, you know I haven’t been out on the road for a while, I wanna say it’s been nice, nice getting out and seeing everybody again and, uh (crowd cheers) I’d like to thank you, especially all my old fans for your longtime support (crowd cheers) I wanna thank you for sticking with me, thanks a lot (crowd cheers) yeah…so this is for you, folks, here we go…”

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