Story 1999-11-28 Minneapolis, MN
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28.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, intro to “The Ties That Bind”
“(Clarence: “Brothers and Sisters, all rise”)…Yeah, yeah, yeah… yeah, yeah, yeah…are you ready for me now, people? (crowd cheers) there’s gonna be a meeting in the town tonight…good evening, Twin Cities! (crowd cheers) yeah, yeah, yeah…yeah, yeah, yeah…are you ready tonight, people? (crowd cheers) there’s gonna be a meeting in the town tonight…”

28.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, intro to “Mansion on the Hill”
“Good evening, Minneapolis (crowd cheers) St. Paul (crowd cheers) hello…glad to be here tonight, we’re sorry we missed you the first time…but the Red Headed Woman is here (chuckles)…oh…Ihope we didn’t put you out too much, we’ll do our best to make it up for you so (crowd cheers) come on, Baby…”

28.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, middle of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
“(sings a bit of “It’s Alright” and “Take Me to the River”)…that’s right…that’s where I wanna go…I wanna go to the river…I wanna find my way to that river of life…the river of love…that river of hope…and of faith…I wanna find that river of sanctification…and that river of transformation where you can go and you can be changed…and that river of resurrection…where everybody gets a second chance…and that river of sexual healing and companionship …that’s where I wanna go tonight and I want you to go with me (crowd cheers) because I need to go with you…because I can’t get there by myself…no Sir!…I’ve tried and I can tell you I can’t get there, you can’t get there by yourself…man, when you’re young you try, you run and you hide but in the end you find out that you can’t get there by yourself…now, as a young man I stood one evening…I was before a dark grove of trees…and just like a little child I was frightened to pass through those trees because…even though I knew that the river of life, of a meaningful life, was waiting on the other side, I said “Man, I’m not going, I’m not moving from this spot” because with that life I knew comes responsibilities and consequences…I said “Man, I’m not ready for that” and my legs were stone and my arms felt like lead and I said “I’m not going! I’m gonna keep run as long as I can, I’m gonna hide, I’m gonna bob and I’m gonna weave…but I’m not going!”…’cause I didn’t…I couldn’t find the courage to move forward and I was about to give up when I heard a sweet sound through the trees (Roy plays) and I look into the woods and I heard a voice say “Come in, Son…come on, just a little bit further”…and there was a gypsy lady…and she said “What you need…you’ll get through these trees but what you need is…you need help…I think you…what’s your line? what’s your job?…you need a band, that’s what you need!” (crowd cheers) so I’d like to introduce tonight the Dean of the university of musical perversity, Professor Roy Bittan on the piano (crowd cheers) standing at the riverside, the Secretary of faith and friendship, the keeper of all that is righteous on E Street, star of Sopranos: Little Steven Van Zandt on the guitar (crowd cheers) stand with me, Brother…the foundation of the E Street nation, Southern man, Mr. Garry W. Tallent on the bass guitar (crowd cheers) standing with me at the riverside…the Minister of the Mighty Beat, star of Late Night television, the man that brings the power every night: Mighty Max on the drums (crowd cheers) Secretary of heart and spirit, Godfather of the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) standing with me at the riverside…the Minister of Mystery, keeper of all that is unfathomable on E Street, Brother Dan Federici on the organ (crowd cheers) now, you can’t get there without love in your life…I wanna say 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 said it takes a (crowd: “Red headed woman”) oh, man, I’m looking for a (crowd: “Red headed woman”) I said I got to have a (crowd: “Red headed woman”) yeah, man, I’m searching for a (crowd: “Red headed woman”) oh, man, I’m looking for a (crowd: “Red headed woman”) come on, Pats (Patti sings a bit of “Rumble Doll”) the First Lady of love and sweet harmony, on the guitar and vocals, Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) standing with me at the riverside…now we were getting there but something still wasn’t right…we were still missing something…say what? (crowd cheers) say what? (crowd cheers) say who? (crowd cheers) say what? (crowd cheers) say what? (crowd cheers) say who? (crowd cheers) say who? (crowd: “Clarence”) say who? (crowd: “Clarence”) say who? (crowd: “Clarence”) say who? (crowd: “Clarence”) say who? (crowd: “Clarence”) say who? (crowd: “Clarence”) say who? (crowd: “Clarence”) say who? (crowd: “Clarence”)…”

28.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, intro to “The Ghost of Tom Joad”
“Thank you…gonna do this tonight for, uh…we got some folks here with us from the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless…they’re…a statewide homeless (?) program, they assist local organizations in their efforts to provide housing and services needed to end homelessness…they work for…they work for native, national, state and local legislation…who address homelessness…they’re gonna be out there in the hall tonight and they can use, if you can stop by and give ‘em a hand, they can use your time and your support (crowd cheers) this is for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless …”

28.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, middle of “Light of Day”
“Minneapolis! (crowd cheers) St. Paul! (crowd cheers) Minneapolis! (crowd cheers) St. Paul! (crowd cheers) Minneapolis! (crowd cheers) St. Paul! (crowd cheers) Minneapolis! (crowd cheers) Prince! Jesse (?) Ventura! (crowd cheers) Minneapolis! (crowd cheers) St. Paul! (crowd cheers) 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 bitterness…I’ve seen people lost…in the Mall of America…I’ve seen people lost…but that’s alright because I’ve come thousands of miles tonight and I’m on a search-and-rescue mission, I’m on a search-and-rescue mission…if you’ve been downhearted, dispirited, disgusted, dispossessed, analyzed, downsized, stigmatized, fractionalized, factionalized, retro-psychedelized, Pokemonized, Pikachuized…and I know you have… I’m here tonight, I’m here tonight, I’m here tonight…if your soul got bad credit…if your heart running on empty…if your spirit bankrupt… I’m gonna re-educate, I’m gonna resuscitate, I’m gonna regenerate, I’m gonna re-confiscate, I’m gonna re-indoctrinate, I’m gonna re-sexualate, I’m gonna rededicate, I’m gonna re-liberate you with the power and the glory, with the power and the glory, with the power and the glory, with the majesty, with the mystery…with the ministry of rock’n’roll! (crowd cheers) that’s right…that’s right!…that’s right!…yes it is!…yes it is!…yes it is!… but unlike my competitors, unlike my competitors, I shall not, I will not, I can not promise you life everlasting…but I can promise you life… right now! (crowd cheers) and all you got to do is raise your hand and say “I” (crowd and Bruce start going “I, I, I”)…”

28.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, intro to “Ramrod”
“Are you ready to rumble? (crowd cheers)…”

28.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, intro to “Thunder Road”
“Thanks…I want to, uh…just take a second, this is, uh, this is our last stand for the, for the year here and, uh (crowd cheers) thank you…I just wanna take a second and thank, thank the crew that’s been out with us for the past six, eight months and done such a great job for us, I wanna thank all you fellas in the crew, thank you (crowd cheers) and, uh…I wanna thank all you folks here and all of the people that have come out and supported us so great this year, this was the greatest year of our lives, I wanna say thanks (crowd cheers)…”

28.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, intro to “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
“I think I see him…spotlight that man, put a spotlight on that man… (chuckles)…the man is here, what can I say?…”

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