Story 2002-08-10 Washington, DC

10.08.02 Washington, D.C, intro to “The Rising”
“Good evening, Washington (crowd cheers)…”

10.08.02 Washington, D.C, intro to “Empty Sky”
“Thank you and good evening, Washington (crowd cheers) it’s always great to be here in our nation’s capital (crowd cheers) where there’s always a job of purifying and expunging to be done (chuckles) give a little for myself while I’m at it (chuckles)…thank you…ah…I’m gonna need some quiet for these next two songs so I really need your help with that, please…(the crowd is far from quiet) you can do it (chuckles) alright, I need a little more quiet than that or else I can’t think (some cheers)…”

10.08.02 Washington, D.C, intro to “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day”
“Thank you, thanks for that co-operation, we appreciate that… alright, acoustic guitarists, come forward and unite…let me hear the tempo, Max…”

10.08.02 Washington, D.C, intro to “Mary’s Place”
“Are you ready for a house party? (crowd cheers) no, I mean are you ready for a house party? (crowd cheers) alright…
(…) Alright…so are you ready for a house party? (crowd cheers) well, you can’t have a house party without a house band (crowd cheers) and we got the greatest little house band in the land right now (crowd cheers) on the piano, the illegitimate son of Jerry Lee Lewis and Liberace – Professor Roy Bittan on the piano (crowd cheers) on the violin and vocals, out of New York City, Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) on the guitar, we got the baddest little deejay in the U.S.A, “Up from the Underground,” Silvio, Silvio, Silvio, wherefore art you, my Silvio? on the guitar, Little Steven Van Zandt (crowd cheers) on the bass guitar, bringing the thunder from down under, the Tennesee Terror, Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) on the drums, the man that bring the power every hour, the master of the big beat, the Minister of percussion (?) the result of a ménage-a-trois between Keith Moon, Buddy Rich and Ed McMahon (laughs from the crowd) Mighty Max Weinberg, the star of Late Night Television (crowd cheers) and one of the greatest guitar- - fuck that – the greatest guitarist in rock’n’roll, Mr. Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) on the organ and accordion, Brother Dan Federici (crowd cheers) and all the way on this side of the stage, First Lady of love, I like to call her “Natural Viagra” – Miss Patti Scialfa on vocals and guitar (crowd cheers) thank you, thank you, baby…and last but not least…keeper of the brotherhood…Minister of soul…on the saxophone, you wish you could be like him but you can’t, Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) you the man, Brother…oh, you is…”

10.08.02 Washington, middle of “Glory Days”
“Oh, we gotta keep rocking now…we’ve come a long way, Steve… got a long way to go (?)…oh, we’re gonna hit that road…we’re gonna go (Steve: “I’m ready”) are you ready? (Steve: “I’m ready, baby”) is Little Stevie ready? (Steve: “He’s ready”) is Silvio ready? (Steve: “He’s ready”) is the band ready?…are the people ready? (crowd cheers)…”

10.08.02 Washington, D.C, intro to “My City of Ruins”
“Thank you (crowd cheers)…thank you very much, I want to, uh, thank everybody for coming out tonight, thanks for coming out (crowd cheers) you’re just a, just a great crowd, very excited to play all this new music for you, you’ve been just fabulous for us, thank you (crowd cheers) also, uh, don’t forget our friends out there in the hall, we got folks with us tonight from the Capital Area Foodbank (crowd cheers) please check all those folks on your way out tonight and give ‘em a hand if you can, the D.C Area Foodbank …oh…I’ll send this out for, uh, Leonard*, this is for you…”
[* Leonard “Lenny” Zakim?]

10.08.02 Washington, D.C, intro to “Born in the U.S.A”
“Thank you, I got a, uh…few public service announcements, one is we have the folks from the Capital Area Foodbank with us tonight, goes without saying, also folks (clears his throat) also some folks from the D.C Central Kitchen…they’re, uh, they’re out on the frontlines every day doing a very important work here in the Washington area, they can really use your support on your way out, if you can just stop and give them a moment of your time and (?)(crowd cheers) also just a word of, uh…I guess we’re sort of in the midst of a…if you’ve been reading the news, we’re in the midst of a roll-back of our civil rights right now – that often happens in times of emergency but our civil rights are a reaffirmation of our strength as a nation of laws…we don’t usually think about these things till they come knocking on our door or until it’s too late…but, uh, it’s a time right now to keep your heads up and to be very vigilant about what’s going on in the civil rights area (crowd cheers) that vigilance…that responsibility to vigilance comes with the turf when you’re born in the U.S.A (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi

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