Story 1999-11-29 Minneapolis, MN
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29.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, intro to ´My Love Will Not Let You Down’
´´Are you ready tonight , people ?….there’s gonna be a meeting in the town tonight…..good evening, Minneapolis….welcome to the last show of the century….unless you think 2001 is really the end of the century….are you ready tonight, people ?…..then disregard this announcement……there’s a meeting in the town tonight….”

29.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, intro to ‘Red Headed Woman’:
´´Good evening….I wanna say it’s nice to be here and you folks that, uh….I hope we didn’t put you out too much, I know we had to move the shows around little bit so Patti could be here….but uh…..she’s here….the red headed woman is here…. we oughta do that one night …..that’s right…..as a matter of fact, let’s do it right now….(?)….(laughs)….wait a minute, man….I’m not sure I remember how it goes, from the key of C, right ?….alright, Nils, come on…..”

29.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, middle of ´Tenth Avenue Freeze Out’:
(sings ‘Take Me to the River’) Man, that’s where I wanna go….. I wanna go to that riverside…..I wanna find that river of life…..and that river of love….. and that river of hope …..and happiness….I wanna find my way to that river of….faith and sanctification….and that river of transformation where you can go there and you can be changed…..that river of resurrection where everybody gets a second chance….. and that river of love and sexual healing and companionship….that’s where I wanna go tonight…..and I want you to go with me…..´cause I’m here because I need to go with you…..because I can’t get there by myself ….man, I’ve tried….and when I was a young man, I tried but I found out….in the end you can’t get there by yourself……well, I found myself one evening….I was standing before a dark grove of trees….and I was frightened to pass through those trees…..just like a little child is frightened of the dark….because I knew that on the other side of those trees that river of life was waiting….with that life come responsobilities and complications….and I said ‘Man…. I’m gonna keep on doing what I know how to do, I’m gonna run, I’m gonna hide, I’m gonna (?)….and I stood there in front of those trees and my legs were like stone and my arms were like lead…..and I’d been there a thousand times before….. I knew that spot….so well….and I knew that it goes nowhere…….well, I found some help and I found some companionship and I made my way through those dark trees and I stood there in that riverside…..where there’s love, faith, cold beer at a reasonable price…..and I (?) up my sleeves and I rolled up my pants and I went down into the water….but that’s not the end of the journey, that’s just the beginning…..and what I wanna know tonight, this being the last show before the end of the century…is are you ready to travel on ? (cheers)….ready to travel on with me ? (cheers)….. let’s go to that riverside….let’s go to that riverside…..standing with me on the riverside, Professor Roy Bittan on the piano….Steven Van Zandt on the guitar….Garry Tallent on the bass….standing at the riverside…..Max Weinberg on the drums….Nils Lofgren on the guitar ….Brother Dan Federici on the organ…..First Lady of love, Miss Patti Scialfa on guitar and vocals…..standing with me at the riverside….and then….should we travel on ?….are you ready, Brother ?….let me hear the man’s name…..say what ?….say what ?….let´s go….say what ?….let´s go….say what ?….let´s go…..”

29.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, intro to ‘Where the Bands Are’
´´(chuckles) You remember this one ? (chuckles) (?)….do all the Patti songs, we only do these (?) Patti is playing…..but I wanna be…..I wanna be…I wanna be where the fans are….”

29.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, intro to ‘No Surrender’
´´Wanna do this tonight for the…..dedicate this song tonight to the….Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, they’re…..they’ll be out in the lobby tonight…..little lights, little lights…. they’re statewide homeless….homelessness prevention programme….. they assist the local communities in efforts to provide housing and services….needed to end homelessness….they work for needed national, state, local legislations….they provide information about homelessness, understanding its causes….assistance to each community in finding…..its (?) solutions….they been here for 15 years…..15 years of experience, work with people…. they’ve experienced homelessness and they could use you….your help and your support, they’ll be out there in the lobby tonight, if you get a chance, stop by…..check ‘em out, give ‘em a hand, this is for the…..Minnesota Coalition for Homeless….”

29.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Minneapolis !….Minneapolis !….but everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve seen people lost in confusion….lost in the wilderness….lost in Purple People Eater memorabilia….lost in the malls of America….lost in faithlessness….but we´re here tonight on a search-and-rescue mission, I´m coming, I´m coming, hold on, hold on, if you´re downhearted, disspirited, disgusted, dispossessed, analyzed, downsized, stigmatised, fractionalised, factionalised, retropsychedelicized, Pokemonized….set me free, please !….Pikachu-ized…. if your soul got bad credit, if your heart running on empty, if your spirit bankrupt, I’m here tonight to re-educate, to resuscitate, to regenerate, to recombobolate, to reconfiscate, to reindoctrinate, to reillustrate, to resexualate, to rededicate, to reliberate you….with the power and the promise, with the glory, with the majesty, with the mystery, with the foolishness, with the ministry of rock and roll !…that´s right….that´s right….that´s right….that´s right…..that´s right, y´all…. that´s right, y´all….that is my job !….that is my job !….but unlike my competitors, I shall not, I will not, I cannot promise you life everlasting ….but I can promise you life right now !…. and all you gotta do is raise your hand and say ‘I’…..”

29.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, after ´Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’
”Let’s hear it for Santa and his elves…..”

29.11.99 Minneapolis, MN, intro to ´Thunder Road’
”Thanks, just wanna take a second , this is our last show of the year here but we’ll be out next year again, we’ll be coming out….we’ll be back out hopefully not too far long into the ….too far into the New Year and uh…..I wanna take a second, I wanna thank…. I wanna thank all our fans for supporting us so incredibly over this past, past year….. I wanna thank the E Street Band….”

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