Story 2002-08-25 Phoenix, AZ

25.08.02 Phoenix, AZ, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Evening, Arizona….always glad to be back in Phoenix….it could be a little warmer though, it´s a little cool….by Jersey standards, man…..we got, uh, we have a wet heat back there, it´s, uh, much more difficult to take (?)….alright, we got a couple of songs that need a little bit quiet so if I could….I´d appreciate that, thank you (cheers) that´s exactly what I´m talking about ….I know, I´m from New Jersey, that´s right…..I don´t need to be reminded….my memory hasn´t gone that far yet….I´ve got it….alright, please (chuckles)….´´

25.08.02 Phoenix, AZ, intro to ´Mary´s Place´
´´Are you ready for a house party ? (cheers) a real house party ? (cheers) Jersey-style by the way of Arizona ? (cheers) alright….then listen….
(….) Alright, are you ready for a house party now ? (cheers) well, if you´re gonna have a house party….the music´s got to be raucous…´s gotta bring it all out here….so I wanna introduce the greatest houseband in all the land….on the piano, Secretary of intelligence, ´Professor´ Roy Bittan.…on the violin and vocals, out of New York City, ´Sister´ Soozie Tyrell….on guitar and vocals, we´ve got the coolest little dj in the U.S.A, Up from Little Steven´s Underground, Silvio, Silvio, wherefore art thou, Silvio ? star of ´The Sopranos´-television show, Little Steven Van Zandt….the man bringing the thunder from down under,
the Tennesee Terror, Mr.Garry W.Tallent…..and then the man that brings the power hour after hour, that go to the wall all night long every night, star of Late Night Television (?) ´Mighty´ Max Weinberg….that´s right…..on the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren….on the organ and accordion, from Flemington, New Jersey, ´Brother´ Dan Federici… this side of the stage, the First Lady of Love, I like to call her ´Natural Viagra´….come on up for the rising, Miss Patti Scialfa on guitar and vocals….oh !….(?)….and last but not least….Minister of soul….the king of the world….ex de facto govenor of the state of Arizona….on the saxophone, Biiiiiggg Man, Clarence Clemons….rumble, young man, rumble….”

25.08.02 Phoenix, AZ, middle of ´Ramrod´
´´Hey, Steven (Steve: ´Yeah, baby ?´) are you with me, baby ? (Steve: ´You know I´m with you, baby´) is the band with me ?….are the people with me ? (cheers) Stevie, is it, is it, is it closing time ?….is it, is it, is it quitting time ?….well, then, Stevie, Stevie, what time is it ?…. (Steve: ´It´s Boss-time´)….”

25.08.02 Phoenix, AZ, intro to ´My City of Ruins´
´´Thank you, thank you very much….oh, just to mention, we got some friends of ours from the Bridge, they´ll be out in the lobby tonight, the Bridge, the Bridge provides help for homeless families here in Phoenix (?) they provide housing and job training….they´re in a fight for the families (?) for a long time, emphasizing developing job skills….(?) the Bridge, they….they´re out there on the frontlines and they could use your help, on your way out if you can, check ´em out, see what they´re doing, give ´em a hand, we appreciate it, thank you ….´´

25.08.02 Phoenix, AZ, intro to ´Born in the U.S.A´
´´Thank you, I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight…..thank you very much….we´ve been coming here for a long time….(?)….it´s always a pleasure to come back here, we appreciate your support over the years, thank you very much….just a, uh, few last public service announcements: once again, the Bridge on your way out….(?) homeless in Phoenix, they can really use a hand (?) and also just a heads-up, (?) we´re kind of amidst of a rollback of civil rights right now, the civil rights are a reaffirmation of our strength as a nation of laws and uh….that means due process….we don´t usually think about these things till it´s too late (?) knocking on our door but it´s a good time to keep your heads up, be very vigilant about what´s going on….that responsobility and vigilance comes with the turf when you´re born in the U.S.A….´´

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