Story 2002-08-21 Tacoma, WA

21.08.02 Tacoma, WA, intro to ‘Empty Sky’
‘‘Good evening, it´s nice to, uh….nice to be here in Tacoma….I spent a, I spent a week here one night….I got so sick…..goddammit, it’s good to be back anyway….”

21.08.02 Tacoma, WA, middle of ‘Mary´s Place’
‘‘So are you ready for a house party now ?….alright….but when you have a house party, man, the music’s got to be raucous !….raucous, I tell you !….so I wanna introduce to you the greatest little houseband in the land…..for your dancing and listening pleasure tonight ….here at your service, ‘Professor’ Roy Bittan, Secretary of intelligence, on the piano…. on the fiddle and vocals, out of New York City, ‘Sister’ Soozie Tyrell….and up from under (?) Little Steven’s Underground, we got the coolest little dj in the U.S.A, star of the Sopranos television show and a man comfortable anywhere in the world in his pyjamas…. Little Steven Van Zandt on the guitar….brother man, brother man…..bringing up the thunder from down under, out of Tennesee, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….I wanna talk to you now about the man that bring the power hour after hour, goes to the world night after night, star of the Late Night television, the minister of the big beat, the Mighty, Mighty Max Weinberg….on the guitar the great Nils Lofgren….on the organ and accordion, ‘Brother´ Dan Federici ….to this side of the stage, on guitar and vocals, the First Lady of love, natural Viagra, ladies and gentlemen, come on up for the rising, Miss Patti Scialfa…. and last but not least…..minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood….honorary man of Tacoma….you wish you could be like him but you can’t, I’m talking about Clarence ‘Big Man’ Clemons on the saxophone….”

21.08.02 Tacoma, WA, intro to ‘Born in the U.S.A’
‘‘Thank you, once again just a couple of public service announcements: the Food Lifeline out there in the lobby on your way out, please stop by and give ‘em a hand and check out the good work that they’re doing here in town, those are the folks that are on the frontline in the fight against hunger and poverty here in Washington….also, uh, we’re in the midst of a rollback of civil rights, you know, I think it’s a good time to…to sort of keep your eyes, eyes open, Civil Rights are a reaffirmation of our strength as a nation of laws, due process…..usually you don´t think about it till it´s a little too late….so I'd keep your eyes, eyes open, I think that vigilance and responsibility comes with the turf when you´re born in the U.S.A….”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi

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