Story 2002-12-13 Albany, NY

13.12.02 Albany, NY, intro to ´´Empty Sky´´
´´Thank you, thank you…..thank you, good to be here in Albany….thanks, gonna need a little quiet for these next few songs, please….´´

13.12.02 Albany, NY, after ´´Darkness on the Edge of Town´´
"Alright…revenge will get you nowhere´´

13.12.02 Albany, NY, middle of ´´Mary´s Place´´
´´Are you ready for a house party now? (cheers) alright then, alright….well, 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 and get ready!….I mean come on up for the ass-rising right now! (?)….I´m talking to you, that´s right, I see you up there, I can see you….alright….I wanna introduce you to the greatest little houseband in the land….on the piano, ten fingers that have no mercy ….the pathological, peripatetic, piano-pounding Professor Roy Bittan….out of New York City, Sister Soozie Tyrell on the violin and vocals….on the guitar, Silvio, Silvio, you made it through another season, you´re still alive, ladies and gentlemen, Little Steven Van Zandt on the guitar….too tough to die!….on the bass guitar, the Tennesee Terror, Mr.Garry W.Tallent ….on the drums, the man that bring up the thunder from down under, the power hour after hour after hour, I´m talking about the mighty, mighty, mighty star of Late Night (crowd: ´Television´) Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums….on the guitar, the Secretary of heart and spirit, the great Nils Lofgren….(?)….on the organ and accordion, 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…..oh, rescue me, take me in your arms, rescue me, ah, babe, with all your charms ´cause I´m lonely and I´m blue and I need you and your love too, come on and rescue me, ah, ah, ah, come and rescue me….rescue me, baby, please, please, that´s right….and last but not least….Minister of soul….emperor of New York….and all adjacent territories…..ladies and gentlemen, I say it night after night and I know that it´s true you wish you could be like him but I´m sorry you can´t because there´s only one Clarence Big Man Clemons….that´s right….they´re all here tonight (?)….´´

13.12.02 Albany, NY, middle of ´´Ramrod´´
´´Stevie, I do believe….it´s quitting time in Albany….I got a train I gotta catch, baby….I gotta catch me a train….I believe it´s beddybye time for these Albanyans….I believe….I believe it´s time to return to the hotel and watch some X-rated films….then, Stevie, what I wanna know is what goddamn time it is….(Steve: ´It´d be Boss-time!´)….´´

13.12.02 Albany, NY, 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….we appreciate your support and uh….got some friends in the hall tonight, folks from the….Supplemental Foodproviders here in Albany, New York, the Supplemental Foodproviders are a non-profit, charitable organization of 61 member groups throughout the New York state, they´re a coalition of food pantries and soup kitchens and shelters and they operate solely through donations….during the holiday season they, they supplement Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas baskets, they operate a Christmas toy and Christmas family adoption program here in New York, last year they distributed more than 350,000 tons of food to those….struggling citizens here in New York, they´re….folks that are out there on the frontlines doing a good work, they deserve your time and your support, they´ll be in the hall tonight, this is for the Supplemental Foodproviders, there´s a lot of folks being hit hard by the economy….so I´m gonna do this for our friends in the hall tonight, Supplemental Foodproviders….´´

13.12.02 Albany, NY, intro to ´´Born in the U.S.A´´
´´Thank you….I wrote this song, uh, 20 years ago about the Vietnam War….I´m gonna play it tonight as a prayer for peace….´´

13.12.02 Albany, NY, intro to ´´Santa Claus Is Coming to Town´´
´´This is for all the kiddies up past their bedtime….(?) those labor laws (chuckles)….
(….) Alright, here he comes now….making his way up the Jersey Turnpike….onto the New York thruway….´´

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