Story 1999-09-09 Detroit, MI

09.09.99 Detroit, MI, middle of ´Tenth Avenue Freeze Out´
´´I think I´m filled with the spirit….I can feel a spirit in me tonight….it´s not the ghost of Elvis, it´s not the ghost of Tom Joad, uh, it´s uh, uh….the ghost of Tom Jones, that´s right….help me, band….(sings ‘Take Me to the River’) that’s right ….that’s where I want to go….I wanna go to the river of life….and the river of love ….and the river of companionship….and the river of sexual healing….I wanna go to that river tonight and I want you to go with me at my side….and I want to go with you at your side….because we can’t get there on our own… can´t get there by yourself….well, it can take a long time to learn that lesson and I found myself, as a young man, standing before a dark grove of trees….frightened to pass on through the forest to the other side….even though I knew that that’s where the river of life was waiting….the river of a meaningful life….the river of friendship and cold beer at a reasonable price….but I stood before those trees paralyzed….my legs turned to stone ….and then I saw a light in the forest and I moved a few steps ahead and there was a gypsy woman sitting out in front of a air-stream trailer….and I told her my problems ….and she said ´Well, listen, Mr.Independence….you need some help to get there, you need, you need a band to get through, Son´….and that´s why I’d like to introduce tonight the dean of the university of musical perversity, Director of Intelligence, Professor Roy Bittan on the piano….with me at the riverside, I’d like to introduce the Secretary of faith and friendship, keeper of all that is righteous on E Street, Little Steven Van Zandt on the guitar….with me at the riverside….I´d like to introduce the foundation of the E Street nation, on the bass, Mr.Garry W.Tallent…. with me at the riverside….I´d like to introduce the Minister of the mighty beat, the Secretary of syncopation, the Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums…..with me at the riverside….I´d like to introduce the Secretary of heart and spirit, the Godfather of the guitar, Mr.Nils Lofgren on the guitar….standing with me at the riverside….the Minister of mystery and all things unfathomable in this life, Phantom Dan Federici on the organ….standing with me at the riverside….but you can´t get through the forest without love….no you can´t !….I wanna tell you right now that brunettes are fine, blondes are fun and when it comes to getting a serious job done, it takes a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) oh, I´m searching for my (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) oh, yeah, I got to have a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) yeah, man, I´m looking for a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) coming to get you, baby (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) oh, man, I´m looking for a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) yes, now, I´ve got to find a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I said I´m looking for a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) (sings a bit of ´My Girl´)…the First Lady of love and harmony, on the guitar, Miss Patti Scialfa….with me at the riverside… ladies and gentlemen, I don’t like to usually endorse any presidential candidates but there’s a man in the room tonight that I feel I’ve got to stand up for….that´s right, if you been stigmatised, fractionalised, factionalised, if you´ve been vote-that-tax-cut-for-the-rich-Republicanized, it’s not too late, you can still repent your evil ways, that´s right….drugs he´s done and sex he´s had and he plays better saxophone, I´d like to place a nomination for the greatest office in this land, do I have to say his name ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ? ….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….”

09.09.99 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Where the Bands Are´
´´C !…..coming at you (chuckles)…I wanna be, I wanna be where the fans are !….”

09.09.99 Detroit, MI, intro to ´The Ghost of Tom Joad´
´´Thank you…..gonna do this for the folks from Sharing Our Strength who are with us tonight….an organization (?)…they got a program called Operation Frontline…. they help give nutrition and education to struggling families….you can see ´em out in the hall tonight, they´re worth your time and your support, stop by and help ´em out for a few minutes….this is for the folks from Sharing Our Strength…..”

09.09.99 Detroit, MI, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Detroit !….I said Detroit !…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….tonight I´m here on a search-and-rescue mission, if you´ve been downhearted, disspirited, disgusted, dispossessed, analyzed, downsized, stigmatised, fractionalised, Pokemonized, retropsychedelicized, Stravinskyed, Koczinskyed, Lewinskyed….well, I´m here to re-educate you, to resuscitate you, to regenerate you, to reconfiscate you, to reindoctrinate you, to resexualate you, to rededicate you, to reliberate you with the power and the promise, the majesty, with the mystery, with the ministry of rock and roll !….that´s right !….that´s right !…. that´s right !….that´s right !….unlike my competitors, unlike my competitors, I shall not, I shall not, I will not, I can not 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´….”

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