Story 2000-02-28 University Park, PA

28.02.00 State College, PA, intro to ‘Lion’s Den’
(Clarence : ‘Ladies and gentlemen, all rise’)….‘‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, are you ready tonight, people ? there´s gonna be a meeting in the town tonight….I’m so glad to be here tonight in the shadow of Mt.Nittany….yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah …right here in the lion’s den, are you ready tonight, people ? there’s gonna be a meeting in the town tonight….”

28.02.00 State College, PA, intro to ‘Mansion on the Hill’
‘‘Good evening, State College….glad to be here in Happy Valley….I’m feeling pretty happy, alright (chuckles)….”

28.02.00 State College, PA, middle of ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze Out’
(sings ‘It’s Alright’ and ‘Take Me to the River’) That’s right…..that’s where I wanna go….I wanna go to the river….that river of life….I wanna find that river of love ….that river of hope….and of sexual healing….I wanna find that river where I can go and transform myself…..that river of sanctification….but I´ve found out that you can’t get there by yourself….you can try, everybody tries….when you´re young, you run and you hide and you think you can get there, to those good things, all by yourself….but in the end you find out that you can’t get there by yourself and so I stood there one night….standing before a dark grove of trees, at the end of my rope ….and I couldn’t find my way through those trees even though I knew that the river of life was waiting on the other side…..the river of love and cold beer at a reasonable price….and on the other side of those trees was the rockingest little band in the
world !….so I’d like to introduce tonight….the dean of the university of musical perversity, Professor Roy Bittan ….standing with me at the riverside….the Secretary of faith and friendship and all that is righteous on E Street and the hottest tv-star in the nation, star of the ‘Sopranos’, Steven Van Zandt….the foundation of the E Street nation, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….the man that brings the mighty beat with him, star of Late Night Television, Mighty Max Weinberg….the Secretary of heart and spirit, the mighty Nils Lofgren on the guitar….Minister of mystery and all things unfathomable on E Street, Brother Dan Federici on the organ….and now, brunettes are fine and blondes are fun but when it comes to getting a dirty job done, it takes a (crowd : ‘Red headed woman’) got to find my baby (crowd : ‘Red headed woman’) yes, I said I’m looking for my (crowd : ‘Red headed woman’) now I’m searching for a (crowd : ‘Red headed woman’) I said I’ve got to find my (crowd : ‘Red headed woman’) oh yeah, I’m looking for a (crowd: ‘Red headed woman’) come on, sugar (Patti sings a bit of ‘Rumble Doll’)…First Lady of love, Miss Patti Scialfa ….and last but not least….last but not least….the Minister of soul and brotherhood….do I have to say his name ? ….do I have to say his name ?….what do I say ?….come on….come on….come on…. come on….come on….come on….come on….come on…..little louder….little louder ….come on….”

28.02.00 State College, PA, intro to ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’
‘‘Thank you….thanks, gonna do this tonight for, got some friends here from the Foodbank of….of the State College area, they´ve been, uh….working here in…. working here in your community since 1982, trying to help the struggling citizens of the State College area, they´ll be there at Gate B tonight, when you go out, you can check ‘em out, they could use a little help….they deserve your time and your support, this is for the Foodbank of the State College area, all the folks (?)….Gate B, Gate B (?)….”

28.02.00 State College, PA, middle of ‘Light of Day’
´´Happy Valley !…PA, baby !….Happy Valley !….but everywhere I´ve gone, I´ve seen people lost in confusion….lost in the wilderness.…lost in bitterness….lost in all the Nittany Lions’ memorabilia….lost in loneliness but tonight we’re here on a search-and-rescue mission, if you´ve been downhearted, disspirited, disgusted, dispossessed, downsized, analysed, stigmatised, fractionalised, Pokemonized…if your soul got bad credit, it’s good here, if your heart’s running on empty, gonna fill it up, if your spirit’s bankrupt, gonna lift that debt up off you, I’m here to re-educate you, to resuscitate you, to regenerate you, to reindoctrinate you, to reconfiscate you, to resexualate you, to rededicate you, to reliberate you with the power and the promise, the majesty, the mystery, with the ministry of rock and roll….with the power and the glory, with the power and the glory, with the power and the glory, with ministry of rock and roll !….now, unlike my competitors, I shall not, I will not, I cannot, I shall not promise you life everlasting….but I can promise you life right now!….and all you gotta do is raise your hands and say ´I´….”

28.02.00 State College, PA, intro to ‘Ramrod’
‘‘Nice to be at State College….a town dedicated to (?), how many college graduates we got on stage, boys ? (according to ‘Backstreets’ magazine, only Patti raises her hand)…thank God for rock’n’roll, ladies and gentlemen….are you ready to rumble ? ….”

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