Story 2000-07-01 New York City, NY

01.07.00 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….and that river of faith ….and that river of hope….I wanna find that river of transformation …. where you can go and you can be changed…if you work at it….I wanna find that river of resurrection where everybody gets a second chance…..oh yes !….I wanna find that river of sanctification….where all the life´s graces and blessings fall down up on you….like rain, if you work at it….and I wanna find tonight that river of sexual healing….and companionship ….let´s work at it (chuckles)….I wanna find that river of joy….and of happiness….that´s where I wanna go tonight and I want you to go with me…..because I need to go with you ….and that´s why we´re here night after night after night after night…..because you can’t stumble on it by accident….you´ve got to seek it out and you can´t get there by yourself….no matter how hard you try….that´s why tonight I want us to throw a rock and roll baptism….a rock and roll exorcism…..and a rock and roll bar mitzvah …. that´s right, we´re gonna do it all tonight, all of it….I wanna feel those waters on me….and set myself free again….but once I stood as a young man before a dark grove of trees one evening….and just like a little child 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 there were no fucking cellphones either !….pizza for everybody !….but I was still paralyzed and then a gypsy woman called me onward….and she asked me what my line was and I told her what I did and she said ´Well, Son, what you need is you need some help….what you need is you need a band to get through the trees´….and that´s why I´m proud to introduce on our stage tonight….the dean of the university of musical perversity …. the illegitimate child of Jerry Lee Lewis and Liberace….Professor Roy Bittan on the piano… it, Brother….and on the guitar, 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….stand with me, Brother, at the riverside….and on the bass, the foundation of the E Street nation, the Tennesee Terror, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….standing with me at the riverside….and on the drums, the man that brings the power night after night after night after night, the Secretary of syncopation, the Minister of the mighty beat and star of Late Night Television…..the Mighty, Mighty, Mighty Max Weinberg…..on the guitar, the Godfather of the guitar, the Secretary of heart and the Secretary of spirit, the great Nils Lofgren…..with me at the riverside from the badlands of Flemington, New Jersey, on the Hammond B-3 organ and accordion, Brother Dan Federici…. well, 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´) 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 for my baby (crowd : ´Red Headed Woman´) I´m down on bended knees (crowd : ´Red Headed Woman´) I´m begging darling please (crowd : ´Red Headed Woman´) in supplication (crowd : ´Red Headed Woman´) with the love education (crowd : ´Red Headed Woman´) of spiritual elevation (crowd : ´Red Headed Woman´) late night sexification (crowd : ´Red Headed Woman´) vacation from masturbation (crowd : ´Red Headed Woman´)(Patti sings a bit of ´Rumble Doll´) the First Lady of love and my personal savior, Miss Patti Scialfa….hit me, baby, one more time….and now last but not least ….last but not least….last but not least ….he crawled out of his little baby crib when he was two years old and found a dusty saxophone in the closet, I´m talking about the rest is rock and roll, I´m talking about the Minister of soul, the Secretary of the brotherhood, the Emperor of E Street….do I have to say his name ? ….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 ?…”

01.07.00 New York City, NY, intro to ´The E Street Shuffle´
´´Alright….let´s continue to be silly now….I know we´ve played this but once, I hope we remember it….we´re gonna try….with dedication here….thank you, ladies (chuckles)…alright, boys, let´s shuffle….”

01.07.00 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 gridlock….lost in envy over the Jersey Devils winning the Stanley Cup….lost in the New York Giants memorabilia, who actually play in New Jersey….lost singing the theme song ´New York, New York´ which actually happensto be sung by a man from New Jersey….lost when the garbage men go on strike and the garbae piles up and they keep trying to send it to New Jersey….lost….I can feel your pain, well, tonight I´m here, I´ve come across the great Hudson River on an ambassadorial mission to bring peace, love and understanding to these two great civilizations ….if you´re downhearted, disspirited, disgusted, dispossessed, downsized, stigmatized, retropsycheanalyzed….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 reconfiscate you, to recombobulate you, to resexualate you….to rededicate you, to reliberate 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 !….but unlike my competitors, I shall not, I will not, I cannot, I shall 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´….”‘

01.07.00 New York City, NY, intro to ´Land of Hope and Dreams´
"Thank you very much, I´d just want to, uh, take a moment and….there's a lot of people who worked so hard for us this year, this is the last night of our, our tour, and some people that really deserve your thanks…I gotta thank my crew…the best crew I ever had on the road, they´ve worked so hard putting this stuff up and down for you every night, please give them a round of applause, thank you (?)…, (?) mighty men, mighty men and women… I wanna thank Jon Landau and Barbara Carr, they´re the future of rock and roll management there (chuckles) Mr.Landau and Barbara Carr… and all the folks at Landau Management… I gotta thank, I gotta thank my band who´ve played for me so hard every night on this stage…. every… thank you… the best band in the land….(crowd chants ´E Street Band´)… put some damn lights on 'em, will ya?! (huge cheers)….and uh….and then I wanna thank the audiences around the world, all our fans around the world who came out and supported us this year….thanks, thank you for letting us in your lives and uh, especially the audiences here in New York who supported us …. at our stand here, thank you…..thank you very much, uh, the first night, the first night we played, I came out and uh, we did this song and before we started, I said I was hoping that our tour would be the rebirth and the renewal of our band and of our commitment to serve you….I, uh, I hope we've done that well this year (cheers) and uh, we´ll continue to try and do so, thank you …."
[thanks to Peter for the corrections]

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