Story 1999-07-24 East Rutherford, NJ

24.07.99 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of ´Tenth Avenue Freeze Out´
´´Ricky Martin, lookout !…I´ve got three kids and a rock and roll band, my vida is loca !…. (sings ´It´s Alright´) now I´ve got a story to tell you….now, as 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 commitment, the avenue of, of, of….fucking around !….but whatever avenue I walked on, I was alone… know how that old saying goes that while you´re smiling on the outside but you´re crying on the inside….and then I came to a crossroads….now, everybody comes to a crossroads in their life, that´s that moment of choice…..that moment of decision as to which your life is gonna take you….well, I walked down 1st Avenue, 2nd Avenue, 3rd Avenue, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7h and then I came to a crossroads and that crossroads was marked ´Tenth Avenue´ and another sign that said ´E´….at that time I didn´t know what that meant but it was a signifying moment and so I took that leap of faith…..that moment when you´ve got to give it up, people don´t like to give it up, they like to hold on to it like it´s gonna last forever …. like they don´t have to give it up…..but I took that crossroads, I took that street…..and I came to a man playing the piano….he was playing something so sweet, play it for me, Brother (Roy plays) the dean of the university of musical perversity, Professor Roy Bittan on the piano …. I was alone and I was searching for friendship….and I came to a young man, how can I describe him ?…. actor, musician, the Godfather of rock and roll guitar, the heart and soul of this (?)….play it, Steve (Steve plays a bit of ´Theme from ´The Godfather´´) Little Steven ….(?)….then I walked on, I needed some foundation in my life….play it for me, Garry (Garry plays)…Mr.Garry Tallent on the bass guitar….then I put an ad in the want-ads, it pays to read those want-ads, kids….and a man knocked on my door, play it, Max (Max plays)….Mighty Max Weinberg, on the drums (?)….and then I walked on….there was a man that could sing like an angel and play the guitar like the devil, come on, Nils (Nils plays) Mr.Nils Lofgren on the guitar….then I walked on…..and I came to a city by the sea….and I could hear a spirit moving….oh, I could feel a spirit moving….come on, Dan (Dan plays) Phantom Dan Federici on the organ… my soul was getting lighter but still, but still I was so lonely….I felt a coldness in my heart….now, I´d been all around the world and I´d kissed all kinds of girls…. a very long time ago…..not really that many….actually I can only think of a few….and they didn´t mean a damn thing to me !….but I was so lonely….and I thought about it and I needed an equation to get my life on track….then one day I, one night I…..figured it out….brunettes is fine, blondes is fun but when it comes to getting a dirty job done, it takes a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) yeah, man, I´m looking for a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) oh, man, I´ve got to have a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) oh, makes me happy now (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) ooh, looking for a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) oh, man, I´ve got to find a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) man, now, I´m searching for a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) oh, man, I´m looking for 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….I´ve got to testify….it´s a bit, it´s just a bit (chuckles)….now….things were feeling, feeling pretty good now but….but there was still, still something missing …. there´s something missing still….something kind of big….something very important….say what ?….say what ?….say what ?….say who ?….say who ?….say what ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….”

24.07.99 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….and I´ve seen people lost in the wilderness and I´ve seen people lost in bitterness ….I´ve seen people lost in loneliness….now, I know you´ve been downhearted, disspirited, disgusted, dispossessed…..if you´ve been analyzed, downsized, stigmatised, fractionalised, fractionalised, Pokemonized, retropsychedelicized, well, we´re on a search-and-rescue mission tonight, we´re on a search-and-rescue mission tonight, we´re trained, we´re tested, we´re proven (?) dirty word ´New Jersey´….if your soul got bad credit, it´s good here tonight, if your heart´s running on empty, we´re gonna fill it up tonight, if your spirit´s bankrupt, we´re gonna lift that debt up off you and I´m gonna set you free in the morning !….how am I gonna do it ? I´m gonna resuscitate, I´m gonna regenerate you, I´m gonna reconfiscate, I´m gonna reindoctrinate, I´m gonna resexualate, I´m gonna rededicate, I´m gonna reliberate you with the power, with the promise, with the power, with the promise, with the power, with the promise, with the power, with the promise, with the majesty, with the mystery, with the ministry of rock and roll !….now I know what you´re saying, ´I´m so worried, oh, I´m worried about the Y2K-problem, I´m worried that I´ve got the Millenium fever, mortality is rearing its ugly head´, well, I want you to know that I, that I can´t, that I cannot, that I cannot, that I can´t promise you life everlasting but I can promise you life right now !….and all you’ve got to do is raise your hand and say ‘I’….”

24.07.99 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Freehold´
‘‘This is a song…..I wrote about my hometown…..never recorded it….sit down, take it easy for a second ….´cause we’re not done with you yet….I went back and I….I played in my Catholic grammar school….which goes to show you… never know where life was gonna take you….but I went back and, uh….all the nuns were there and….all the priests were there and all the locals and all my relatives all came, it was a big night, you know, ‘Local boy makes good’ (?) and uh…..and then the Sister, one of the Sisters that taught me came from out-of-town and….to be there was kind of a….kind of a big deal….so I wrote this song for the occasion….I guess it’s a combination of a thank you and revenge at the same time…. but everybody feels kind of (?) about their hometown on some level….so there I am and the priests are out there and the nuns are out there and…..this is a song I wrote for that, for that particular night, it’s called ‘Freehold’….it was originally called ‘Born in the U.S.A in Freehold’….but I’m afraid it might….be confused with the other song so…. haven’t made up my mind yet…..anyway, I need a little quiet for this one ‘cause it’s kind of long and there’s a lot of words…..(?)….”

24.07.99 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Thunder Road´
´´(there´s a couple dressed in complete wedding attire in the front row) This is for Kevin and Laura…they got married today, oh, there they are, congratulations….(?)….this is for you….”

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