Story 1999-08-27 Boston, MA

27.08.99 Boston, MA, middle of ´Tenth Avenue Freeze Out´
´´(sings ‘Take Me to the River’) That’s where I want to go….I want you to take me to the river….the river of life….the river of love….and the river of faith….and the river of hopefulness….and the river of sexual healing….but I found myself as a young man frightened ….frightened of that river….´cause everywhere I´d walked, I´d walked alone, I wanted to be independent…..and so I found myself standing before those dark trees, frightened to pass on through the forest to the other side even though I knew that…..the river of a meaningful life was waiting….that river of friendship and companionship….cold beer….at a reasonable price ….but I was lucky ´cause as I stood on the edge of that forest….someone beckoned me onward into the trees, it was a gypsy woman….and we looked into the crystal ball and she said….´You just got to listen….what you need is you need a band… need some help, Mr. Independence….you need, uh, you need, uh….you need some intelligence in your life, you need Professor Roy Bittan on the piano….you need some soul and some friendship, Little Steven Van Zandt on the guitar….you need some foundation in your life, Mr.Garry W.Tallent on the bass….you need some mightiness and some strength and some rhythm in your life, Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums….you need some heart and some deep spirit to keep you company as you walk along, Nils Lofgren on the guitar….you need some puzzlement and some mystery (chuckles) because you can´t control everything, you can´t do it and get by, you can´t ! (chuckles) you just can´t ! Phantom Dan Federici on the organ….and man, you need some….you need some….that´s right, what am I saying ? (?) oh, that´s right….what you need is….brunettes are fine, blondes are fun but when it comes to getting a dirty job done, it takes a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) yeah, man, I´m searching for a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) oh, man, I´ve got to find a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) oh yeah, I´m looking for a (crowd : ‘Red Headed Woman’) oh, man, I´ve got to find a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) oh, let´s hear it for the girl (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) yeah, in the midnight hour now (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) Miss Patti Scialfa on the guitar and vocals….I usually only do this at home….and then I made my way through the trees and I could see the riverbanks and there was people all along the riverbank…..that´s right…..´cause they´re waiting for you, they´re waiting for you…..but I knew there was still one essential thing that I couldn´t go on without….it was something so very fundamental….something very big…. something very, very important… I have to say the name ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….come on now….say who ?….give it up now….bring it up…. bring it up….bring it up….bring it up….bring it up….bring it up….bring it up…..”

27.08.99 Boston, MA, intro to ´The Ghost of Tom Joad´
´´Thank you….oh, this is for our friends from….New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans that are with us tonight….it´s a great organization you have here in town to help….help train and shelter Vets getting back on their feet….it´s a great bunch of people….they´ll be out there in the lobby (?) they deserve your support….this is for all you guys out there….”

27.08.99 Boston, MA, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´To see your Ma, did I forget Boston ?….Boston !….but everywhere I´ve gone I´ve seen people lost in confusion….I´ve seen people lost in the wilderness….I´ve seen people lost in loneliness….you´ve been analyzed, downsized, stigmatised, retropsychedelicized, hillbillytized, fractionalised, pushed, Bushed, bored, Gored, Stravinskyed, (?), Koczinskyed, Lewinskyed….I´m here tonight to tell you we´re on a search-and-mission, we´ve come thousands of miles on a search-and-mission, we´re coming to get you, we´re coming to get you, we´re coming to get you, I´m here to re-educate, to rededicate, to resuscitate, to regenerate, to reindoctrinate, to resexualate, to reliberate with the power, the promise, the power, the promise, the majesty, the mystery, the foolishness, with the ministry of rock and roll !…. now I know what you´re thinking, you´re worried about the Y2-K problem, Millenium fever got you, your stocks up, your bonds down, mortality is rearing its ugly head, you know the Good Book says, Chapter 1, Verse 1: ´Louie Louie, oh-oh, we all got to go´, well, I´m here tonight to tell you that unlike my competitors, I will not, I cannot, I shall not promise you life everlasting but I can promise you life….right now !….all you´ve got to do is raise your hand and say ´I´….”

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