Story 2000-06-29 New York City, NY

29.06.00 New York City, NY, intro to ´Code of Silence´
´´Alright, this is for Joe….´´

29.06.00 New York City, NY, intro to ´Mansion on the Hill´
´´Good evening, New York City….glad to be here with you tonight….´´

29.06.00 New York City, NY, intro to ´My Hometown´
´´These next few songs, we´re doing some recording and I´m gonna ask you to be as quiet as you can and please don´t clap along, thank you….´´

29.06.00 New York City, NY, end of ´Badlands´
´´Oh yeah….I love that sign !….´´

29.06.00 New York City, NY, 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 that river of life….I wanna find that river of love….I wanna find that river of faith ….and that river of hope….tonight I wanna go to that river of transformation….where you can go and you can be changed but you gotta work at it….I wanna go to that river of sanctification where all the life´s graces and blessings fall down up on you like rain, but you gotta work at it….I wanna go, I wanna go to that river of resurrection where everybody gets a second chance…..but you gotta work at it….tonight I wanna go to that river of sexual healing….and companionship….I wanna find that river of joy….and that river of happiness….I´m not bullshitting back here !….but just don´t stumble onto those things, you don´t find those places by accident, you´ve got to seek them out and search after them….and that´s why we´re here night after night after night after night because you can’t get to those things by yourself…you´ve got to have help…and that´s where I wanna go tonight and I want you to go with me….because I need to go with you…that´s why I´m here….and tonight I wanna throw a rock and roll exorcism….a rock and roll baptism….. and a rock and roll bar mitzvah….that´s right, we´re gonna do it all tonight, everything, right here….I want them waters to fall down on me and set me free, set you free….but I stood one evening as a young man before a dark grove of trees….and I was frightened to pass through those trees even though I knew that on the other side the river of life was waiting….and there was cold beer at a reasonable price…..and no fucking cellphones either !….pizza for everybody….but I stood paralyzed by my own fears and then a gypsy woman called me onward and she said ´Son, come here, let me help you, what you need, what´s your line ?´ and I told her what I did, did for a living and she said ´What you need is you need a band…. you need some help´ and that´s why I´m so glad to introduce here tonight, on the piano, the Secretary of intelligence, the dean of the university of musical perversity, Professor Roy Bittan on the piano… I wanna introduce 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 on the guitar….I wanna introduce the foundation of the E Street nation, the Tennesee Terror, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….back on the drums, the man that brings the power night after night after night after night, the Minister of the mighty beat and star of Late Night Television…..the Mighty, Mighty Max Weinberg…..on the guitar, the Godfather of the guitar, the Minister of heart and spirit, the great, great Nils Lofgren….and on the organ, on the Hammond B-3 organ, hailing from Flemington, New Jersey ….the Minister of mystery, Brother Dan Federici….and now, and now brunettes are fine and blondes are fun but when it comes to getting a dirty job done, it takes a (crowd:´Red Headed Woman´) yeah,I said I´m looking for a (crowd:´Red Headed Woman´) I´m searching for my baby (crowd:´Red Headed Woman´) I´m begging, baby, please (crowd:´Red Headed Woman´) I´m down upon knees (crowd:´Red Headed Woman´) in supplication (crowd:´Red Headed Woman´) in sexification (crowd:´Red Headed Woman´) in the love education (crowd:´Red Headed Woman´) come on (Patti sings a bit of ´Rumble Doll´) the First Lady of love, on the guitar and vocals, Miss Patti Scialfa….now last but not least….that´s right, last but not least….I´m talking about the Minister of soul….Secretary of the brotherhood ….the next senator of the state of New York ….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 ?….´´

29.06.00 New York City, NY, intro to ´Another Thin Line´
´´Alright….(?) something I wrote with Joe Grushecky, get off your ass, Joe (chuckles)….´´

29.06.00 New York City, NY, intro to ´The Promise´
´´Oh….haven´t played one of these in a while….I think I got it….this is for, uh….the aficionados out there, I guess….´´

29.06.00 New York City, NY, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´New York City!….these little town shoes….but everywhere I´ve gone, I´ve seen people lost….in confusion….I´ve seen people lost in the wilderness of the concrete jungle….I´ve seen people lost in the loneliness of the subway….I´ve seen people lost ….in envy over the Jersey Devils winning the Stanley Cup….I´ve seen people lost at the Statue of Liberty which is actually in New Jersey….I´ve seen people lost….in the New York Giants´ memorabilia, who actually happen to play in New Jersey…I´ve seen people lost singing the theme song ´New York, New York´ which, come to think of it, was actually sung by a man from New Jersey….I´ve seen people lost when the garbage men go on strike and the garbage piles up and they keep trying to send it to New Jersey….I can feel your pain !….I´m here tonight…. I´m here tonight….I´m here tonight …. I´m here tonight….I´m here tonight….I´m here tonight ….I´m here tonight ….I´m here tonight….to re-educate you, to resuscitate you, to regenerate you, to re-confiscate you, to re-combobulate you, to re-indoctrinate you, to re-sexualate you, to rededicate you, to re-liberate you with the power and the glory, with the power and the glory, with the promise, with the majesty, with the mystery….with the ministry of rock and roll !….with the ministry of rock and roll !….now, unlike my competitors, I shall not promise to get your teeth white, to get your shirts (?), to be able to make love to any woman in 15 minutes if you read this book, I cannot, I shall not, I will not promise you life everlasting…. but I can promise you life…..right now !….and all you gotta do is raise your hand and say ´I´ ….´´

29.06.00 New York City, NY, intro to ´This Hard Land´
´´For my friends from overseas, I know there´s a lot of folks that came from Italy and from Spain, Italia, Espana, como esta (?)(chuckles)….you….right on, Brother, let´s go, this is for you….´´

29.06.00 New York City, NY, intro to ´Growin´ Up´
´´Thank you….thanks….before we continue, I wanna remind everybody of the folks that´ve been with us the past few nights, and Community Food Resource Center´s with us tonight also so they´ll be out there in the, in the lobby on your way out (?)… The Food Resource Center here in New York City helping struggling New Yorkers and they deserve your time and your support, please check out the Community Food Resource Center, thank you….´´

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