Story 2002-11-23 Miami, FL

23.11.02 Miami, FL, intro to “Empty Sky”
“Thank you (crowd cheers)…thanks, nice to be here in Miami (crowd cheers)…gonna do, uh…need a little bit of quiet for these next few songs, thank you…”

23.11.02 Miami, FL, intro to “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day”
“Alright, Stevie…the man is in his element tonight…he, he had on the Bermuda shorts but, uh, I had to have him take ‘em off…”

23.11.02 Miami, FL, intro to “Out in the Street”
“Alright…let me hear it (crowd cheers) let me hear it (crowd cheers) let me hear it (crowd cheers) let me hear it (crowd cheers) this is for Doug…”

23.11.02 Miami, FL, middle of “Mary’s Place”
“(Does the “Are you ready”-call-and-response with the crowd)… Well, are you ready for a house party? (crowd cheers) alright then… but if we’re gonna have a house party, first, the music has got to be righteous (crowd cheers) and second, you’ve got to get up off your ass now! (crowd cheers) I wanna introduce you to the greatest house band in all the land (crowd cheers) on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) on the violin and vocals, out of New York City, Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) ladies and gentlemen, before there was Silvio, before there was Little Steven, (?) there was Miami Steve (crowd cheers)(?)…on the bass, Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) on the drums, the man that brings the power hour after hour, night after night, star of “Late Night Television,” Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) on the guitar, Secretary of heart and spirit, the great Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) on the organ and accordion, brother Dan Federici (crowd cheers) to this side of the stage, on guitar and vocals, my personal saviour, Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) thank you, baby, thank you, baby, oh yes, thank you, oh yes…that’s right…and last but not least (crowd cheers) do I have to say his name? (crowd cheers) do I have to say his name? (crowd cheers) Minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood, resident of the state of Florida (crowd cheers) ladies and gentlemen, I know you wish you could be like him but I’m sorry you can’t because there’s only one Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) that’s right…”

23.11.02 Miami, FL, intro to “Because the Night”
“Thanks…got some friends of ours here tonight (?) Dave Stewart, come on up, and Bono, come on up, man (crowd cheers)…”

23.11.02 Miami, FL, intro to “For You”
“Somebody, uh…somebody said this is their birthday so…(?) so this one’s for you, happy birthday and all of that stuff…”

23.11.02 Miami, FL, intro to “So Young and in Love”
“(“Big Pussy” of the Sopranos: “Miami Beach, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band” (crowd cheers) Big Pussy, ladies and gentlemen (crowd cheers) he’s alive (crowd cheers)…”

23.11.02 Miami, FL, middle of “Glory Days”
“Miami Steve! (crowd cheers)…maestro…I know what you’re wondering…why do they call Steve “Miami Steve?”…well, back in the day…when very few of us had been outside the boundaries of the great state of New Jersey (crowd cheers) see, it gets greater the further you are away from it (?)…when very few of us…Steve Van Zandt took it on himself to come down here to Miami (crowd cheers) and he came back in the middle of winter with one of those Russian fur hats…and a Miami shirt, Florida shirt…(?) the reason we called him Miami Steve is we can go away too…anyway…I think I’m going down to the well tonight…

23.11.02 Miami, FL, intro to “If I Should Fall Behind”
“Thanks (crowd cheers) gonna bring out a friend of mine I always see when we’re down here in Florida, this is a guy…when I was a kid, I was, he’s one of my favourite singers of all-time, I always say he’s the real link between Frank Sinatra and rock’n’roll, one of the greatest singers…of all, Dion’s gonna come and sing a song with us (crowd cheers)…(Dion: “Yo!”) testing (Dion/Bruce: “Trusting… trusting, trusting”)…”

23.11.02 Miami, FL, intro to “My City of Ruins”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) thank you very much…I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight, thanks for your support (crowd cheers) we appreciate it…got some friends in the hall tonight, folks from the Daily Bread Foodbank (crowd cheers)(?) around 1982, the Daily Bread Foodbank’s been here, here in Florida serving all those in need…forty percent of the hungry they serve are kids, they continue to work towards justice and try to be a force for those who are hungry and in need, they’re here in Florida doing good work, please check them out, the Daily Bread Foodbank (crowd cheers) these are folks that are out there on the frontline (crowd cheers) doing things that we’re singing about…this is for them…”

23.11.02 Miami, FL, intro to “Born in the U.S.A”
“Thank you…I wrote this song twenty years ago about the Vietnam War and I play it tonight as a prayer for peace (crowd cheers)…”

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