Story 2000-03-18 Memphis, TN

18.03.00 Memphis, TN, intro to ´Mansion on the Hill´
´´Good evening….so glad to be here in Memphis tonight… much of the music I love come out of this city so we´ll do out best for you…..”

18.03.00 Memphis, TN, middle of ´Tenth Avenue Freeze Out´
´´(sings ‘Take Me to the River’) that’s right….that’s where I wanna go tonight….I wanna go to the riverside…..I wanna find my way to the river of life….to the river of hope….and faith….to that river of happiness….and that river of joyfulness….I wanna find that river of sanctification….of transformation where you can go and if you try, you can change yourself….that river of resurrection….where everybody gets a second chance….that river of sexual healing….and companionship….that´s where I wanna go tonight and I want you to go with me…. because you can´t get there by yourself….you can´t get there by yourself….and I´m here tonight, I wanna throw a rock and roll exorcism…..and rock and roll baptism…..oh, but that devil´s mightiest weapon is fear and so I found myself one evening, as a young man, standing in front of a dark grove of trees and I was frightened to pass through those trees to move to the other side….even though I knew that beyond those trees was cold beer at a reasonable price….and the rockingest little band in all the land….so I stood there frightened, I called on the spirit of Elvis, I called on the spirit of Sam and Dave, Rufus Thomas….and a gypsy woman appeared to me….and she said ´Son, what your problem is you need a little help….in your line, what you need is you need a band´…. so I’d like to introduce tonight the dean of the university of musical perversity, on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan…. on the guitar, the Minister of faith and friendship and keeper of all that is righteous on E Street, star of the ´Sopranos´-TV-show, Little Steven Van Zandt….with me at the riverside….Southern man, foundation of the E Street nation, on the bass, Mr.Garry W.Tallent…..a resident of the state of Tennesee ….on the drums, the Minister of the mighty beat, the man that brings the power night after night, star of Late Night Television, Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums….. thank you, Brother….on the guitar, the Secretary of heart and spirit, the Godfather of the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren…. the Minister of mystery, keeper of all things unfathomable on E Street, Brother Dan Federici on the organ….now, brunettes are fine, blondes are fun and when it comes to getting a dirty job done, it takes a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I said I´m talking ´bout a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´ve got to find my baby (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´m searching for my girl now (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´m peeping, I´m hiding (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´m looking, I´m searching (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’)(Patti sings a bit of ´Rumble Doll´) the First Lady of love, Miss Patti Scialfa on guitar and vocals ….thank you, baby….and now, last but not least….I said last but not least….the Minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood…..and if this was a righteous place, the next president of the United States….do I have to say his name ?….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 ? ….”

18.03.00 Memphis, TN, intro to ´Follow That Dream´
´´Alright, I´ll do this for you (chuckles) this is one of my favorite Elvis songs (?)…. we never played it at practises (chuckles)….we don´t need no stinking practise….”

18.03.00 Memphis, TN, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Tennesee !…and I´ve come all the way to Memphis !….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 Elvis memorabilia….I´ve seen people lost in loneliness….but tonight we´re here on a search-and-rescue mission, that´s right, we´re coming to get you, if you´ve been downhearted, disgusted, disspirited, dispossessed, downsized, analyzed, stigmatised, (?), Pokemonized, fractionalised, factionalised, retropsychedelicized….I´ve come tonight to re-educate, to resuscitate, to regenerate, to reconfiscate, to reindoctrinate, to recomboobalate, to resexualate, to rededicate, to reliberate 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 and roll !….now, unlike my competitors….I shall not, I can 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´….”

18.03.00 Memphis, TN, intro to ´Land of Hope and Dreams´
´´Gonna send this one out to the memory of Elvis Presley and Martin Luther King, this is ´Land of Hope and Dreams´….”

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