Story 2000-03-19 New Orleans, LA

19.03.00 New Orleans, LA, 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 that riverside…..I wanna find my way to the river of life….and that river of love….and that river of faith….that river of happiness….I wanna find that river of sanctification….where you can work and be changed….I wanna find that river of transformation….and that river of resurrection where everybody gets a second chance…..I wanna go there tonight….I wanna find that river of sexual healing….and companionship….I wanna go there tonight….and I want you to go with me….because I´m here tonight to go with you….because you can´t get there by yourself….no you can´t….tonight I wanna have a, I wanna have a rock and roll exorcism …..a rock and roll baptism…..I want that devil (?) to come on out because I wanna wrestle with you, I wanna tango with you, I wanna kungfu you…, people say the devil´s greatest weapon is fear and I found myself one evening, as a young man, I was standing before a dark grove of trees frightened….to pass through to the other side….even though I knew that on that other side was cold beer at a reasonable price….and that river of life was waiting….but I stood frightened and…..a gypsy woman appeared and she, she beckoned m forward and she said ´Son, your problem is you can´t get there by yourself….you can try, everybody tries, but you need….on the other side of those trees is the rockingest little band in the whole world´….that´s why I wanna introduce with me tonight on the piano, the dean of the university of musical perversity, Professor Roy Bittan….on the guitar, Secretary of faith and friendship and keeper of all things righteous on E Street, star of the ´Sopranos´-TV-show, Little Steven Van Zandt….on the bass guitar, Southern man, foundation of the E Street nation, Mr.Garry W.Tallent…..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…..with me at the riverside….the Secretary of heart and spirit, Godfather of the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren….with me at the riverside, the Minister of mystery and all things unfathomable on E Street, Brother Dan Federici on the organ….with me at the riverside….brunettes are fine, blondes are fun and when it comes to getting a dirty job done, it takes a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) oh, man, I said it takes a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´m searching for my baby (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´ve got to find my girl now (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´m looking for my girl now (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´ve gotta find my baby (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´m searching, I´m searching (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´m peeping, I´m creeping (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) come on, baby (Patti sings a bit of ´Rumble Doll´) First Lady of love, on guitar and vocals, Miss Patti Scialfa….thank you, baby….and now last but not least….a man without whom goddammit we wouldn´t be here tonight ! ….Minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood and 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 ?….”

19.03.00 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´The Ghost of Tom Joad´
´´Thank you….gonna do this one tonight for the folks from the Second Harvesters´ Foodbank that are with us here in the hall tonight….Second Harvesters´ Foodbank serves New Orleans area, what they do is they acquire and they distribute food to grass roots organizations that help feed, uh, New Orleans struggling, struggling citizens, so on your way out, (?) they could use your support (?) called the Second Harvesters´ Foodbank, this is for you…..”

19.03.00 New Orleans, LA, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´New Orleans !…New Orleans !….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 loneliness….but tonight we´re here on a search-and-rescue mission, that´s right, if you´ve been downhearted, disspirited, disgusted, dispossessed, downsized, analyzed, stigmatised, Disneyized, Pokemonized, retropsychedelicized, Republicanised….I´m here tonight to re-educate, to resuscitate, to regenerate, to reconfiscate, to reillustrate, to reindoctrinate, to recombobolate, to resexualate, to rededicate you, 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 !….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 will not, I shall 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´ ….”

19.03.00 New Orleans, LA, middle of ´Ramrod´
´´Meet me tonight down on Bourbon Street !…..”

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