Story 2002-12-08 Charlotte, NC

08.12.02 Charlotte, NC, intro to ´´Empty Sky´´
´´Thank you, hello, Charlotte….thanks for coming out, being with us….I know most of you are here just for the heat and the electricity but, uh….we appreciate you being here anyway ….a thin veneer of civilization (?)….now we could use a little quiet for these next two songs, thank you….´´

08.12.02 Charlotte, NC, middle of ´´Mary´s Place´´
´´Are you ready for a house party now? (cheers) then let me tell you ´bout a place somewhere down Charlotte way….if you´re gonna have a house party, the music has got to be raucous…..that´s right….and you´ve got to get up off your ass out there, that´s right!….
you´re not that old yet, that´s right…..I wanna introduce the greatest houseband in all the land ….on the piano, ten fingers that have no mercy, Professor Roy Bittan….on the violin and vocals, out of New York City, Sister Soozie Tyrell….on the guitar, tonight´s the night, Silvio, Silvio (?)(chuckles) on the guitar, Little Steven Van Zandt….on the bass guitar, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….on the drums, on the drums, the man that bring the power hour after hour night after night, the mighty, mighty, mighty, mighty star of Late Night television, Mighty Max Weinberg!….come on, y´all….on the guitar, Secretary of heart and spirit, the great, great, great Nils Lofgren….on the organ, ladies and gentlemen, out of Flemington, New Jersey, Brother Dan Federici… the far side of the stage, the First Lady of Love, on guitar and vocals and my personal savior, Miss Patti Scialfa…..come on, baby, oh rescue me, take me in your arms, rescue me, I want all your charms, ´cause I´m lonely and I´m blue, I need you and your love too, come on and rescue me….rescue me….rescue me….thank you, baby, and last but not least, Minister of soul…..king of North Carolina and all adjacent territories ….ladies and gentlemen, I know, 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….rumble, young man, rumble, that´s right, brother, oh yeah….that´s right, we´re here tonight, that´s right…..´´

08.12.02 Charlotte, NC, intro to ´´My City of Ruins´´
´´Thank you….I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight, thank you very much….we appreciate you coming out, appreciate your support….I wanna do this tonight for the folks from the Second Harvest Foodbank, they´re here in the hall with us, the Second Harvest Foodbank, they, uh, they, they distribute food to, I guess, about 16 North Carolina, Carolina counties here, they have programs, after-school programs for kids that are at risk for hunger….they have mobile food pantries that serve those in remote counties here that don´t have access to, to local services, they´re good people out there on the frontlines, doing a good work, they deserve your support, your time, the Second Harvest Foodbank with us tonight in the hall, I wanna thank them for the job they´re doing and….do this for them….´´

08.12.02 Charlotte, NC, intro to ´´Born in the U.S.A´´
´´Thank you….I wrote this song 20 years ago about….Vietnam War, I wanna play it tonight as a prayer for peace….´´

08.12.02 Charlotte, NC, middle of ´´Ramrod´´
´´Hey Steve…..I do believe it´s quitting time…´s time for these poor folks to go back to those cold houses with no lights on….while we´re going to Four Seasons and watch pornographic films….well, then, Stevie, what I wanna know is just what time is it?….(Steve: ´´Is ´The Sopranos´ over? (?) then it must be Boss-time´´)….´´

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