Story 2002-08-30 St. Louis, MO

30.08.02 St.Louis, MO, intro to ‘Waitin’on a Sunny Day’
´´Alright….beautiful ladies….handsome gentlemen….guitar players unite….(?).… (chuckles)…Clarence always really wanted to play the guitar….what kind of world would that have been, I, I don´t know (chuckles) we’d all be washing cars (chuckles)….”

30.08.02 St.Louis, MO, intro to ‘Mary’s Place’
"Alright…..let me check this place out….are you ready for a house party ? (cheers) …. are you ready for a house party ? (cheers) then these people just got to get off their asses right now…..I´m talking to you, that´s right, get off ´em !….just, just ´cause you got them seats from a scalper don´t mean you can sit on your ass all night….(?).… come on, Max….then let’s have it….
(….) So you’re ready for that house party ? (cheers) Jersey-style by way of St.Louis ….but if you´re gonna have a house party, the music has got to be raucous….that´s right, so I wanna introduce you to the greatest little houseband in all the land…. starting at the piano, sic-sec-sec-sec-sec-Secretary of intelligence, Professor Roy Bittan on the piano… on the violin and vocals, out of New York City, Sister Soozie Tyrell….on the guitar and vocals, we’ve got the greatest little dj in the U.S.A, up from Little Steven’s Underground, Silvio, Silvio, wherefore art you, Silvio ? star of ‘The Sopranos’-television show, Little Steven Van Zandt….bring it to me, Brother, bring it to me, that´s right….the man that bring the thunder from down under, the Tennesee Terror himself, Mr.Garry W.Tallent …. and on the drums, the man that brings the power hour after hour after hour to go through the wall for me night after night after night, star of Late Night Television, rumble, young man, rumble, Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums….and on guitar and vocals, singer, songwriter extraordinaire, one of the greatest guitarists in rock and roll, the great Nils Lofgren….on the organ, Brother Dan Federici, out of Flemington, New Jersey….and accordion….then on this side of the stage, we’ve got the First Lady of love, I like to call her ‘Natural Viagra’, on guitar and vocals, come on up for the rising, Miss Patti Scialfa ….shake it, baby….I call this (?) Seducer….I invited this dance right here…. The Seducer, but you’ve got to be on your knees to do it right, baby (chuckles)….try this at home, just like this….and last but not least….Minister of soul….Secretary of the brotherhood, God of thunder….on the saxophone, the one, the only, you wish you could be like him but you can’t, Clarence Big Man Clemons….”

30.08.02 St.Louis, MO, intro to ‘Dancing in the Dark’
´´Alright….are you ready to dance ?….shake your groove thing….”

30.08.02 St.Louis, MO, middle of ‘Glory Days’
´´Come on, Steve….we gotta keep going, man (Steve : ‘Where we going ?’) I don’t know ….but we’re going, man….we can’t quit yet, baby….these people have not yet been rocked to their complete capacity….and we ain´t quitting until they are….are you with me, Kid ?….is the band with me ?….are the people ready ? (cheers)…then let’s go !….”

30.08.02 St.Louis, MO, intro to ‘My City of Ruins’
´´Thank you, want to, uh….take a moment and thank everybody for coming out and seeing us tonight, thanks, we really appreciate it….you have been a great crowd and I wanna also mention we’ve got some friends in the house, The St.Louis-Area Foodbank is here with us tonight, they´re out in the lobby and uh….St.Louis-Area Foodbank, they’ve been, uh, they supply food to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters since 1975, they….they distribute more than eleven million pounds of food each year with more than 1,200 volunteers, they could use your help and your support, on your way out if you could just…take a moment and see, see what they´re doing…so I’ll do this is for them…”

30.08.02 St.Louis, MO, intro to ‘Born in the U.S.A’
´´I wanna thank everybody again for coming out tonight, thank you so much….we’ve been at it a long time and we appreciate your support….just a couple of public service announcements before we go: once again, please remember the St.Louis Area Foodbank on your way out, they’ll be out there in the lobby….stop by, they could use your help… and also just a heads-up, uh….we’re kind of, we’re in the midst of a rollback of civil rights right now, our civil rights are a reaffirmation of our strength as a nation of laws, as due process….we don´t think about these things until it´s too late or they come knocking on our door but it’s a good time to watch what´s going on and be very vigilant in the area of civil rights right now, and that vigilance and that responsobility comes with the turf when you´re born in the U.S.A…..”

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