Story 2003-03-10 Providence, RI

10.03.03 Providence, RI, intro to ´´Empty Sky´´
´´Thank you and good evening, Providence….thank you very much….nice to be here in this old building….but uh….weird, I mean….(?) I don´t know how long this building´s been here, it´s been here longer than some of the other ones we´ve been playing (?) and, uh, and I guess they, the problem with these old buildings´s they give them new names, you know…I don´t know what this building was named before but it should´ve been something like Providence Civic Center or, uh….but I guess we´re playing tonight at the Dunkin´ Donuts Arena (chuckles) but uh, that´s the problem everywhere we go now (?) matter of fact I recently read that they´re gonna be actually changing the names of some cities to (?) I think Florida from now on is just simply going to be known as Hooters….and uh….I think New York is Steak and Ale, Steak and Ale City from now on….that´s what´s next, I guess (chuckles)….I guess so (chuckles) anyway, uh, I wanna send you greetings from Patti, Patti is very sick at home in bed tonight so she sends her regards, I´m gonna send this one out to her….she´s actually, she´s simply sick of me, that´s why she´s home (chuckles) alright….I´ll send this one out tonight to my girl….need a little bit of quiet for these next two songs, please, thank you…..´´

10.03.03 Providence, RI, intro to ´´Spirit in the Night´´
´´Alright….this is for all you longtime fans out there….can I hear the spirit?…I wanna feel the spirit….I need to feel the spirit….´´

10.03.03 Providence, RI, middle of ´´Mary´s Place´´
´´Are you ready?….are you ready?….are you ready?…well, now, are you ready for a house party?….they´s not ready?…C says you´re not ready, man….are you ready for a house party? (huge cheers) that´s better, he says you´re ready….well, if you´re gonna have a house party, first the music has got to be raucous….and so tonight I wanna introduce you, ladies and gentlement, here in the house with us, we´ve got the greatest little house band in all the land ….that´s right, that´s right….right here tonight on our stage I wanna introduce to the pathological (?) piano-pounding Professor Roy Bittan….ladies and gentlemen, I wanna introduce you to a young lady out of New York City, making grown men fall to their knees and weep, Sister Soozie Tyrell…I wanna introduce you to the coolest little dj in the U.S.A, ´Up from Little Steven´s Underground,´ you´ve got to get it on your radio dial, Silvio, Silvio, wherefore art thou, Silvio, I´m talking about Little Steven…ladies and gentlemen, the Tennesee Terror, the man that bring the thunder from down under, keeps the bass in your face all night long, I´m talking about the one and only, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….then we´ve got the man that bring the power hour after hour night after night, the Minister of the big beat, the king of the rhythm, star of Late Night (crowd : ´´Television´´) the Mighty Max Weinberg ….ladies and gentlemen, the only man I ever knew from Maryland, the great, great, great Nils Lofgren on the guitar (?)….on the organ, from Flemington, New Jersey, and the accordion, Brother Dan Federici….(?) where´s my baby? I´m searching for my baby, in absentia, Miss Patti Scialfa (hugs the microphone)….and last but not least….the king of soul….ladies and gentlemen, the Emperor of Rhode Island and all parts there connected to…. do I have to say his name?…do I have to say his name?….do I have to say his name?….you wish you could be like him but I´m sorry you can´t because there´s only one Clarence ´Big Man´ Clemons….´´

10.03.03 Providence, RI, intro to ´´Bobby Jean´´
´´Thanks, uh….you know, for guys like us, we….we grew up, uh, for so many years in little bars ….and uh….something happens in a small club and every, every neighbourhood across the nation is, is, is slightly unique, you know, we were lucky enough, we had a couple of clubs where we grew up where….you know, really, hey, neighbors came down, we got to play for ´em, you had your bar band (?) place in your local community….and uh, having spent so many, so many of our years in those kinds of clubs, we wanna send this out tonight for the, uh, victims of the Station Night Club fire and….all their families and their friends…. it´s very, uh….it´s very heartbreaking and I also wanna send this out to Mark Blevins, it´s his birthday tonight, he´s in the hospital and somebody sent me a letter so I hope you get this birthday greeting to him, Mark Blevins turned 30 years old tonight….´´

10.03.03 Providence, RI, middle of ´´Ramrod´´
´´Come on, Steve….are you with me, baby? (Steve: ´´Oh yeah´´) I mean are you with me the whole way? (Steve: ´´Yeah, baby´´) you know, Steve….I think, uh, I think, uh, I think it might just be….quitting time….I think it might be back to the hotel for room service and x-rated films time….I think it´s going home time, Brother, I really do….well, then, what I wanna know is, what I really wanna know is….what time is it?….(Steve: ´´I'll bring you donuts, ´cause it´s Boss-time!´´)….´´

10.03.03 Providence, RI, intro to ´´My City of Ruins´´
´´Thank you….thanks, I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight, thanks so much….we, uh, we deeply appreciate your support….gonna play this song for a couple of friends of ours in the building tonight, we´ve got some folks from the Rhode Island Community Foodbank….they´re, uh, they´ve been around since 1982, (?) Community Foodbank, they provide quality food for the struggling citizens here in Rhode Island….nearly half of their recipients are children so they could use, they could use your support and your help, those are folks that are out there on the frontline fighting a good fight on a daily basis (?) so if you see the Rhode Island Community Foodbank on your way out, please stop and say hello….and also we´ve got some folks from the Station Night Club Fire Relief Fund and uh….the fund was established to help the victims and their families meet some of their short-term needs so you´ll see some of those folks in the lobby tonight on your way out, they deserve your support, this is for them….´´

10.03.03 Providence, RI, intro to ´´Born in the U.S.A´´
´´Thank you….I wrote, uh, I wrote this song in the early 80's about the Vietnam War and, uh….wouldn´t want to have to write (?) another one like it, I´ll send this out tonight as a prayer for peace, a prayer for the safety of our sons and daughters, the safety of innocent Iraqi civilians and to add our voices to no war in Iraq….´´

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