Story 2000-04-09 Kansas City, MO

09.04.00 Kansas City, MO, intro to ´The River´
´´(?) we were contacted by the Stagehands Union tonight to, I´d like to send one out to the workers that´ve been (?) out of their jobs by the Associated Wholesale Grocers….and uh, it´s been a long time, it´s put all of you at risk of losing your jobs and medical, medical care and pensions and other benefits that you could support your family with and uh, there may be some folks in the parking lot tonight handing out some information about this issue, we stand with the Stagehands Union tonight, Teamster Local 245 and 955 (?) this is for you….”

09.04.00 Kansas City, MO, middle of ´Tenth Avenue Freeze Out´
´´(sings ‘Take Me to the River’) That´s right, that’s where I wanna go….I wanna go to that riverside….I wanna find that river of life….that river of love….that river of faith….and that river of hope….I wanna find that river of sanctification….and of transformation where you can go and you can change yourself….I wanna find that river of resurrection where everybody gets a second chance…..that river of happiness….and of sexual healing and companionship….that´s where I wanna go tonight….and I want you to go with me….because I can´t get there by myself, that´s why we´re here tonight…..because you can´t get there by yourself….no matter how hard you try…..and tonight I´m gonna throw a rock and roll exorcism….a rock and roll baptism….get all them bad things out and let them good things come home….but I found myself once….as a young man, I was…..standing one evening before a dark grove of trees and just like when I was a little child, I was frightened to pass through those trees even though I knew that on the other side, on the other side was the river of a meaningful life and cold beer at a reasonable price….but….but I was paralyzed….with fear….and a gypsy woman called me onward and she was sitting, sitting amongst the trees and I stepped forward and she said ´Son, your problem is that what you need is you need some help tonight !….that´s right, old-fashioned help tonight….now, what´s your line ? what you need, what you need, Son, is you need a band´….and that´s why tonight I wanna introduce the dean of the university of musical perversity, the Secretary of intelligence, on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan….with me at the riverside….I wanna introduce the Minister of faith and friendship, keeper of all that is righteous on E Street and star of the ´Sopranos´-TV show….Little Steven….with me at the riverside….we´ve got the foundation of the E Street nation, Southern man, Mr.Garry W.Tallent on the bass….with me at the riverside, the man that brings the power night after night, Minister of the mighty beat and star of Late Night Television, Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums….we´ve got the Godfather of the guitar, Secretary of heart and spirit, the great Nils Lofgren…..we´ve got the Minister of mystery, keeper of all things unfathomable on E Street, on the Hammond B-3 organ and accordion, Brother Dan Federici….with me at the riverside….brunettes are fine, blondes are fun but when it come to getting a dirty job done, it takes a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I said I´ve got to find myself a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´m searching for my baby (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´m looking, I´m peeping for a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´ve got to find my baby (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´m coming, I´m seeking (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´m searching for my baby (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´m creeping, I´m peeping (crowd : ´Red headed woman´)(Patti sings a bit of ´Rumble Doll´) on the guitar and vocals, the First Lady of love, Miss Patti Scialfa….and now last but not least…..last but not least….the earth is shaking and the sky is rumbling….I wanna introduce to you tonight the Minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood and if we lived in 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 ?….”

09.04.00 Kansas City, MO, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Kansas City !….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 the wilderness….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, disspirited, disgusted, dispossessed, downsized, analyzed, stigmatised, fractionalised, retropsychedelicized, Republicanised, Pokemonized, we´re coming to get you….I´m here tonight….I´m here tonight, I´ve come tonight to, to, to, to re-educate, to resuscitate, to regenerate, to reconfiscate, to reindoctrinate, to recombobolate, to resexualate….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, the ministry of rock and roll !…that´s right….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 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’…..”

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