Story 2002-11-24 Tampa, FL

24.11.02 Tampa, FL, intro to “Empty Sky”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) good to see you…we’ve been enjoying our stay here in Florida (crowd cheers) very nice…we need a little quiet for these next two songs, please, thank you, thank you very much…”

24.11.02 Tampa, FL, intro to “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?”
“C, “Bus Stop,” “Bus Stop”…”

24.11.02 Tampa, 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 now? (crowd cheers) alright… but if you’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) that’s right…well, I wanna introduce you to the greatest little house band in the land, on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) on the violin and vocals, out of New York City, Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) on the guitar, Little Steven (crowd cheers) on the bass guitar, Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) on the drums, the Mighty, Mighty, Mighty, Mighty, Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) on the guitar, Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) on the organ, brother Dan Federici (crowd cheers) on the guitar and vocals, my personal saviour, Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) help me, baby, I’m in your arms, help me, baby, I’ve got to taste your charms ‘cause I’m lonely and I’m blue, I need you, I need your love too, come on and rescue me…and last but not least (crowd cheers) Minister of soul (crowd cheers) Secretary of the brotherhood (crowd cheers) resident of the state of Florida (crowd cheers) ladies and gentlemen, you wish you could be like him, I know, but you can’t so forget about it because there’s only one Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) that’s right, brother man, oh yes it is…you!…alright…that’s right…oh yes… (crowd: “Bruce”) shut up…”

24.11.02 Tampa, FL, intro to “Dancing in the Dark”
“Alright, are you ready to dance? (crowd cheers)…”

24.11.02 Tampa, FL, middle of “Glory Days”
“Come on, Steve (Steve: “Yeah, baby”) are you with me, baby? (Steve: “I’m with you, man”) are you with me the whole way, baby? (Steve: “I’m kind of tired”) woo!…’cause we got miles to go before we sleep…(Steve: “I’m retiring right here in Tampa”) we can’t rest now (Steve: “I wanna stay in Tampa”) are the people ready? (crowd cheers) is the band ready?…”

24.11.02 Tampa, FL, intro to “My City of Ruins”
“Thank you…thank you…I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight, thank you very much (crowd cheers) we appreciate your support here in Florida, thank you…oh, gonna do this one for some friends of ours in the building tonight, the Divine Providence Foodbank here in Tampa, Florida (crowd cheers) they take care of struggling citizens here in west central Florida since 1982, they provide a direct service to folks that are most at risk, that’s young children and the elderly…they provide over 5.5 million pounds of food yearly to those in need and just a little bit of your help goes a long way so they’ll be out there in the lobby, those are the folks that are out there on the frontlines doing a good work and doing what we’re singing about, this is for the folks from the Divine Providence Foodbank, please support them…”

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

24.11.02 Tampa, FL, intro to “Ramrod”
“Alright, let’s roadhouse on out of Florida here, boys and girls…
(…) Hey, Steve! (Steve: “Yeah?”) I think it’s quitting time, baby… (Steve: “No, it ain’t”)…I’m telling you…it’s time to go home, man, home…(Steve: “No, it ain’t”)…it’s time to go back to the hotel and watch pornographic films…(Steve: “No, it ain’t”)…well, Steve, then I just wanna know…what time is it? (crowd cheers)(Steve: “Well, we already missed “The Sopranos” so…it must be Boss-time!”)…”

24.11.02 Tampa, FL, middle of “Twist and Shout”
“We’re gonna groove on out of here…play it, Little Steve…woo… shake your thing, Big Man…come on, Danny, a little bit, turn him up (Danny does a solo) keep that thing going, man, keep it going (Danny plays) yeah, yeah, yeah… alright now…alright, is the audience ready? (crowd cheers) I mean are you really ready? (crowd cheers) are you sure you’re ready? (crowd cheers) are you really ready? (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi

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