Story 1999-07-15 East Rutherford, NJ

15.07.99 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of ´Tenth Avenue Freeze Out´
´´Max !….watch me, boys !….now I´ve got a story to tell….´cause when I was a young man, I walked as a little child down many avenues….the avenue of love, the avenue of fear….the avenue of hope, the avenue of despair….the avenue of faith, the avenue of cynicism….the avenue of compassion….the avenue of self-interest….the avenue of sexual pleasure (cheers)
a popular avenue….but I was always alone, lost in the darkness, I was always alone, lost in my own bitterness….I walked First Avenue, Second Avenue, Third, Fourth…..and then I came to Tenth Avenue….and I was at a crossroads….everybody comes to a crossroads…. you´ve got to make the right decision….I was at a crossroads that said ´Tenth Avenue´ and I saw a man playing the piano….so sweet and I stopped to listen (?)(Roy plays) Professor Roy Bittan….then I walked on and I seen a young man….acteur, musician, rock and roll politician, known as Silvio in the hit television series ´The Sopranos´….play it, Steve (Steve plays a bit of ´Theme from ´The Godfather´´) Stevie Van Zandt on the guitar….and then I walked on and I saw a man….let me hear something low, man, come on, Garry (Garry plays), come on Garry…Mr.Garry Tallent on the bass….and then I walked on….and I put an ad in the want-ads….it pays to read the want-ads, kids…..(?) star of Late Night Television….drummer extraordinaire, come on, Max (Max plays) Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums…..and then I walked on….he left his job down at the carwash, he left his mama a goodbye note, guitar man, come on, Nils, play it, man (Nils plays) Mr.Nils Lofgren on the guitar….and then I walked on to a city by the sea and I met a man….oh, I can feel the spirit now…..oh, I can feel the spirit now, come on, Dan (Dan plays) Phantom Dan Federici….and then I walked on…. but I was, I was still so lonely, I felt a coldness in my heart….yeah, I was so lonely….now, I´d been all around the world….and I´d kissed all kinds of girls….a very long time ago….and I learned….brunettes are fine, blondes are fun but when it comes to getting a dirty job done, you need a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) oh, man, I´m looking for a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) yeah, now I´m searching for a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) oh, man, I´m looking for a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) yeah, I´ve got to find a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) oh, in the midnight hour, baby (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I, I´m searching for a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) oh, man, I´ve got to have a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) oh, girl, I´m looking for a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´)(Patti sings a bit of ´Rumble Doll´) Miss Patti Scialfa on the guitar and vocals….excuse me while I testify….that´s about it, I guess…. that ain´t the end of the story ?….we´re still missing something….something really important ….something really big….say what ? ….say what?….say who ?….say what ?….say what ? …. say who ?….say what ?….let me see….say what ?….say who ?….say what ?….say who ? …. say what ?….”

15.07.99 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´The great….state of New Jersey !….but everywhere I´ve gone I´ve seen people lost in confusion….lost in the wilderness…..lost in loneliness….well, I want to tell you that I´m here tonight, we´re not just here to see some old friends, we´re here tonight on a search-and-rescue mission….on a search-and-rescue mission….we´re coming to get you….if you´ve been downhearted, disspirited, disgusted, dispossessed, we´re coming to get you, if you´ve been analyzed, downsized, stigmatised, fractionalised, we´re coming to get you, we´re coming to get you, I´m here tonight to let you know that if your soul has bad credit, it´s good here tonight…..if your heart´s running on empty, I want you to pull on up to the pumps, we´re gonna fill her up tonight, if your spirit´s bankrupt, we´re gonna lift that debt up off you, I´m gonna lift that debt up off you and I´m gonna set you free in the morning !….I´m coming to get you, I´m gonna resuscitate you, regenerate you, reconfiscate you, reindoctrinate you, resexualate you, rededicate you, reliberate you with the power and the promise, with the power, the promise, with the power, the promise, the power, the promise….with the majesty, the mystery and the ministry of rock and roll !….now I know, I know you´re worried about the Y2K-problem, you´re worried about the Millenium coming, the mortality !….the mortality rearing its ugly head, but I´m here tonight to let you know that I can´t promise you life everlasting, I cannot promise you life everlasting (?) I wanna see ´em !….but I can, I can, I can, I can promise you life right now !….and all you’ve got to do is raise your hand and say ‘I’….”

15.07.99 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Freehold´
´´I got a, I got a special song I wanna sing tonight….I´ve only sung this song one other time in the States but uh, I need real quiet to sing it so….you gotta give me a hand on it….you can sit down, rest a minute, we´ve got a long ways to go yet….you can take a load off your feet for a second….let me give you a little background then I´m gonna give this thing a shot…. now, I went back and I played at my Catholic grammar school…..which, uh….goes to show you that this point in life you never know where life may lead you…..and uh…..I went back and I wrote this song and it was kind of a big night, you know, it was the night to have a great time there….and the priest was there and pastor and all the nuns were there and one of the nuns that taught me came from out of town to see the whole thing….and I figured I gotta do something special for this particular night so I wrote this song, it´s called ´Freehold´….it was originally called ´Born in the U.S.A in Freehold´….but uh, it was a little too close, I didn´t wanna….(?) I haven´t made up my mind yet but uh, so there I am (?)….I´m at my Catholic grammar school, all the nuns are out there, all my relatives are there and I´ve got this song….it´s kind of me celebrating myself, this song, it´s Whitmanesque, I guess (?)…. Slim Whitman (chuckles) but uh….anyway, it´s kind of long and it does go on a little bit so I need everybody to really be quiet so I can concentrate, are we ready ? (cheers) good, I´m gonna start this sucker right now, we´ll see how it goes (starts playing the guitar)….. something´s making a really bizarre noise up here….like a helicopter ready to take off….(?) technical diffulty for a minute….you have it figured out ?….you don´t know (laughs) hey, can´t know everything (?)(laughs) alright….anyway, I´m gonna give it a shot….I need a little, still quiet here, thank you….(starts the song, crowd cheers at the mention of Freehold) that´s not quiet…..”

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