Story 2002-08-20 Portland, OR

20.08.02 Portland, OR, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Good evening, Portland….it´s great to be back….you have a nice town here…..I was married here once myself (chuckles) nice little spot…(?)….very, very long time ago (chuckles)….alright (chuckles) what was I thinking ?….alright…..alright, alright, alright…. alright, we´re gonna do a couple of quiet songs so we need a little quiet for these next couple of songs if we can get some, thank you very much….. ”

20.08.02 Portland, OR, middle of ´Mary´s Place´
´´Well, are you ready for a house party now ? (cheers) alright…..if you´re gonna have a house party, the music´s got to be right !….so I wanna introduce the greatest little houseband in the land….starting at the piano, Professor Roy Bittan on the piano….Sister Soozie Tyrell on the vocals and violin….out of New York City….on the guitar, we´ve got the coolest little dj in the U.S.A, ´Up from the Underground´, star of the ´Sopranos´-television show, Silvio, Silvio, wherefore art thou, Brother Steve Van Zandt on the guitar….the man that bring the thunder from down under, the Tennesee Terror, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….the man (?) with the power hour after hour , go-to-the-wall night long, star of ´Late Night Television´, the Mighty, Mighty, Mighty Max Weinberg….on the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren…..out of Flemington, New Jersey, on the Hammond B-3 and accordion, Brother Dan Federici….to the far side of the stage, the First Lady of love, on guitar and vocals, I like to call her ´Natural Viagra´, ladies and gentlemen, Miss Patti Scialfa….come on up for the rising !….and last but not least ….Minister of soul…..Secretary of the brotherhood…..honorary (?) of the state of Oregon….I mean the emperor of, goddamn it´s gonna be true….ladies and gentlemen, you wish you could be like him but you can´t….the Big Man, Clarence Clemons on the saxophone….”

20.08.02 Portland, OR, intro to ´My City of Ruins´
´´Thank you….thank you very much….thank you, you´re a lovely audience, thank you….just a mention, we got some friends out in the hall tonight, the, uh, Oregon Foodbank….they´re kind of the, uh, a part of the statewide network of hunger relief agencies, they collect food from farms, wholesalers, inviduals, they deliver food to 18 regional foodbanks across Oregon ….and they also work to eliminate the root causes of hunger here in Oregon through advocacy and public education, they could really use your help, on the way just check ´em out, the Portland, Oregon, Oregon Foodbank (?)….”

20.08.02 Portland, OR, intro to ´Born in the U.S.A´
"Thank you, uh….there´s a couple of public service announcements, once again the Oregon Foodbank´s gonna be out there on your way out….who deserve your support and help….also just a little heads up….we´re in the midst of rollback of civil rights right now, civil rights are a…reaffirmation of our strength as a nation of laws….right to due process…. you don´t usually….think about these things until they knock on our own door or come calling or until it´s too late but it´s a good time to be very vigilant about that and vigilance comes with the turf….when you´re born in the U.S.A…"

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