Story 2000-04-04 Tacoma, WA

04.04.00 Tacoma, WA, intro to ´My Hometown´
´´Good evening….good evening, Tacoma and Seattle….glad to be here tonight …. Patti´s not with us but she sends you, she sends you her love and the boys are gonna do their best for you so….”

04.04.00 Tacoma, WA, 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 river of life….I wanna find that river of love…..that river of faith … and of hope….I wanna find my way to that river of happiness….and that river of sanctification….of transformation where you can go and you can be changed….to that river of resurrection …. where everybody gets a second chance….and that river of joy and sexual healing….that´s where I wanna go tonight…..and I want you to go with me….that´s why we´re here…..that´s why….because you can´t get there by yourself….I can´t get there by myself….tonight I wanna have us a rock and roll exorcism…..a rock and roll baptism…..wash me in those waters…. once I stood, as a young man, I stood before a dark grove of trees one evening…..and I was frightened just like a little child is frightened to pass through those trees….even though I knew that on the other side was the river of a meaningful life…..and cold beer at a reasonable price…..but I was paralyzed…..then a gypsy woman in the trees called me forward and she said ´Son…..what you need is you need some help….something to, what, what´s your line ? what is your line ?´….she said ´Oh, what you need, Son, is you need a band….you need a band to walk with you´….so I’d like to introduce tonight the dean of the university of musical perversity, the Secretary of intelligence, on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan….on the bass guitar, the foundation of the E Street nation, Southern man, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….on the guitar, the Minister of faith and of friendship, keeper of all that is righteous on E Street and star of the ´Sopranos´-TV-show, Little Steven Van Zandt….stand with me, Brother, at the riverside… the riverside, the man that brings the power all night long, the Minister of the mighty beat and star of Late Night Television, Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums…..(?)…. and now the Secretary of heart and spirit, the Godfather of the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren…..standing with me at the riverside ….the Minister of mystery and all things unfathomable on E Street, on the Hammond B-3 organ, Brother Dan Federici….with me at the riverside….I gotta send one out to my baby right now (blows a kiss)….and then last but not least….last but not least …. the Minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood and if we lived in a righteous nation, 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 ?….”

04.04.00 Tacoma, WA, intro to ´The Ghost of Tom Joad´
´´Thank you…..thanks….gonna send this one out to the folks from the Food Lifeline that are with us tonight, a foodbank here in Washington….the mission of Food Lifeline is to end hunger here in Western Washington….what they do is they collect and distribute food in order to serve and support Washington´s struggling citizens ….many, many, many people who the nation´s economy is not, is not reaching and is not serving….and for every dollar that you donate, Food Lifeline provides six meals and they could, they deserve and they could use your support, they´ll be out in the hall tonight, check out Food Lifeline, this is for them…..”

04.04.00 Tacoma, WA, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Tacoma !….Tacoma !….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, we´re here on a search-and-rescue mission, if you´ve been downhearted, disspirited, disgusted, dispossessed, analyzed, downsized, stigmatised, (?), fractionalised, Republicanised….retropsychedelicized …I´m here tonight to re-educate, to resuscitate, to regenerate, to reconfiscate, to reliberate, to reindoctrinate, to recombobolate, to resexualate, to rededicate, to recongregate, 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 majesty, with the mystery, with the ministry of rock and roll…´s alive, it´s alive (?)…now, unlike my competitors, I shall not, I can not, I will 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´….”

04.04.00 Tacoma, WA, intro to ´Bobby Jean´
´´Gonna do this tonight for Tom Shannon….to those who died in the Alaska Airlines crash and in special memory of Michael Bernard, this is for you….”

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