Story 2003-03-02 Austin, TX
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02.03.03 Austin, TX, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Thank you and good evening, evening, Austin…..oh, thanks, uh, always nice to be back in Austin….needless to say….wanna apologize for missing you the first time out there…..hope we didn't inconvenience you too much…..and uh….and Clarence is doing alright and that seeing-eye dog is working out just fine….need a little bit of quiet for these next few songs, please, thank you….. ”

02.03.03 Austin, TX, middle of ´Mary´s Place´
´´Are you ready ? (cheers) are you ready for a house party ? (cheers) are you ready for a Texas-style house party ? (cheers) man, let me see….well, I know there´s two things you´ve got to have….if you´re gonna have a house party, Texas or Jersey style, one….the music has got to be righteous….and two, you´ve got to get up off your ass now….I´m talking to you, that´s right….oh yeah…..that´s right, let me hear you now (cheers) I wanna introduce you to the greatest little houseband in all the land, on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan…..on the vocals and fiddle, Sister Soozie Tyrell, out of New York City…on the guitar, Silvio, Silvio, the great Little Steven on the guitar….the man that brings the thunder from down under, Mr. Garry W.Tallent on the bass…..the man that brings the power hour after hour night after night after night, the Minister of the big beat and star of ´Late Night (crowd: ´Television´) ….Mighty Max Weinberg….oh, Minister of spirit and faith, on the guitar, the great, great Nils Lofgren….on the organ, out of Flemington, New Jersey, Brother Dan Federici…..on this side of the stage, the First Lady of love, on guitar and vocals, and my personal savior, Miss Patti Scialfa….rescue me….rescue me, take me in your arms, rescue me, I need all your charms ´cause I´m lonely and I´m blue, I need you and your love too, rescue me….that´s the way we do it around my house, baby, that´s right, that´s right….that´s right….hold your applause, that´s right….and last but not least, the Minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood…. honorary Emperor of all Texas…..ladies and gentlemen, 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, baby….”

02.03.03 Austin, TX, intro to ´Growin´Up´
´´(?)…thank you….alright, gonna do this one, uh (someone yells ´Rosalita´) no, we ain´t doing that one (chuckles) no, nice try but no !….but I wanna do this one for all the folks from the old Armadillo, used to come and see us back in there (huge cheers) the place wasn´t that big, you know, you all couldn´t´ve been there, that´s impossible (chuckles) alright….I´m gonna handle this one myself, fellas….(laughs) I´m gonna handle this one myself (laughs) give me more acoustic (chuckles)…”

02.03.03 Austin, TX, intro to ´This Hard Land´
´´Yeah !….I´m gonna send this one out to my good friend Joe Ely….”

02.03.03 Austin, TX, intro to ´Cadillac Ranch´
´´Everybody two-step !….”

02.03.03 Austin, TX, intro to ´All Just to Get to You´
´´Gonna bring out my good friend Joe Ely down and play with us, come on up….out of a great city of songwriters, the talent that´s come out of Texas, Joe´s one of my very favorites, man (chuckles)….”

02.03.03 Austin, TX, intro to ´My City of Ruins´
´´Thank you….gonna do this for, uh….some folks that are with us in the house tonight, the Capital Area Foodbank of Texas…..the Capital Area Foodbank, they´re….they try to feed the hungry, they provide food (?) to uni-service agencies serving Texas citizens here (?)….more than….415,000 Texans receive assistance through the foodbank network each year, they can use your support….just check them out on the way out, please, give them a hand, this is for the folks from the Capital Area Foodbank of Texas….”

02.03.03 Austin, TX, intro to ´Born in the U.S.A´
´´Thank you….I wrote this song in, uh….early 80´s, wrote it about the Vietnam War…hope I don´t have to write it again….gonna send this one out as a prayer for peace tonight….”

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