Story 2000-04-26 Pittsburgh, PA

26.04.00 Pittsburgh, PA, intro to ´The Ties That Bind´
´´(Clarence : ´Brothers and sisters of Pittsburgh….and the surrounding area….all rise´….)”

26.04.00 Pittsburgh, PA, intro to ´Tenth Avenue Freeze Out´
´´Is there anybody alive in Pittsburgh? (cheers) is there anybody alive in the surrounding area ? (cheers) then can I get a witness ? (cheers) can I get a witness ? (cheers) can I get a witness ? (cheers) can I get a witness ? (cheers) (….)(sings ‘Take Me to the River’) That´s right….that’s where I wanna go tonight….I wanna go to the river….the riverside….I wanna go to that river of life….I wanna go to that river of love….that river of hope….that river of transformation where you can go there and you can be changed….that river of resurrection where everybody gets a second chance when you´re needing one…..I wanna find that river of sexual healing….and companionship….and I wanna go to that river of joy, of joyousness….and of happiness….of happiness….that´s where I wanna go tonight….that´s why we´re here, that´s where I wanna go and I want you to go with me….because I can´t get there by myself….I´ve tried and you can try but in the end you can´t get to those, those destinations by yourself…..that´s why tonight I wanna throw us a rock and roll exorcism….a rock and roll baptism….I wanna be washed in those waters and set free….set free….but once I stood, as a young man, one evening….in front of a dark grove of trees and I was frightened to pass through those trees even though I knew that on the other side was the river of a meaningful life along with cold beer at a reasonable price….but I was alone and I was paralyzed….and frightened and there was a gypsy woman sitting on the edge of the woods and she called me forward and she said ´Son, Son, what you need is you need some help to walk on (?), what you need, what´s your line, what is, what is your line ?….(?) what you need, what you need is you need a band to walk with you´….that´s why tonight I wanna introduce the dean of the university of musical perversity, Secretary of intelligence, on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan….I wanna introduce tonight the Minister of faith and friendship, keeper of all that is righteous on E Street and star of the ´Sopranos´-television show….Little Steven Van Zandt….with me at the riverside….the foundation of the E Street nation, Southern man, on the bass guitar, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….with me at the riverside…. the man that brings the power night after night, the Minister of the mighty beat and star of Late Night Television, the Mighty Max Weinberg….on the guitar….the Secretary of heart and spirit, the Godfather of the guitar, the great, great Nils Lofgren…..with me at the riverside this evening, the Minister of mystery, keeper of all things unfathomable, on the Hammond B-3 organ and accordion, Brother Dan Federici….well, now, brunettes are fine, blondes are fun but when it come to getting a dirty job done, it takes a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I want to hear you say it (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´m looking for my baby (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´ve got to find my girl now (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´m searching, I´m searching for a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´m creeping, I´m looking for a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´m looking, I´m looking for my (crowd : ´Red headed woman´)(Patti sings a bit of ´Rumble Doll´) the First Lady of love, on the guitar and vocals, Miss Patti Scialfa….thank you, baby….and now last but not least…..last but not least….the sky opened up, the earth began to rumble, I´m talking about 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 ?….say who ? ….say who ?….”

26.04.00 Pittsburgh, PA, intro to ´The Ghost of Tom Joad´
´´Gonna do this tonight for the folks from the Rainbow Kitchen….they were, uh…..they were very first….food programs that we ever….that we worked with here in… Pittsburgh back in 1984 (?)….I met a fella named Ron Weisen….we actually got our start at working with different food, food organizations all around the country….so, uh, gonna do this for him tonight and for the folks from the Rainbow Kitchen, they deserve your time and your support ….they´ve been here in Pittsburgh area and Monongahela Valley for a long time doing good work (?)….”

26.04.00 Pittsburg, PA, intro to ´Back in Your Arms´
´´This is for Holly on her birthday, happy birthday….”

26.04.00 Pittsburgh, PA, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Pittsburgh !….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 loneliness….I´ve seen people lost in confusion….I´ve seen people lost in Pittsburgh Steeler memorabilia ….I´ve seen people lost but tonight we´re on a search-and-rescue mission, we´re coming to get you, if you´ve been downhearted, disspirited, disgusted, dispossessed, downsized, analyzed, stigmatised, retropsychedelicized, Pokemonized, Republicanised….I´m here tonight, I´m here tonight, I’m here tonight, I´ve come to re-educate you, to resuscitate you, to regenerate you, to reconfiscate you, to recombobolate you, to resexualate 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 !….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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