Story 2003-03-11 Rochester, NY
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11.03.03 Rochester, NY, intro to ‘Empty Sky’
‘‘Evening, Rochester….(?)….wanna send greetings from Patti, she´s home in bed tonight, she´s sick, been sick for a few days but she sends her best and we’re gonna do our best to perform a great show for you…..we’ll send this out to her tonight…. need a little bit of quiet for these next few songs, please, thank you…..”

11.03.03 Rochester, NY, intro to ‘Worlds Apart’ (after ‘Blinded by the Light’)
‘‘We didn´t know the words in that one, that was the only problem with that song…. that song was actually….was my only, only number 1 song I ever had….but I didn´t have it, Manfred Mann had it….but there was a…..they changed some of the words, I had the part that goes ‘Cut loose like a deuce’ and for some reason they changed ‘deuce’ to ‘douche’….I don´t know if that was some British sensibility, I mean I don´t know exactly why, you know…..but it worked if he was number 1, I mean, my ….my version was….nowhere ! (chuckles)….see, that one little word change and you have a big hit (?)…..”

11.03.03 Rochester, NY, middle of ‘Mary’s Place’
‘‘I don´t think they’re ready now….are you ready for a house party ?….are you ready for a house party ?…..well, there’s two, two rules to a house party….one….the music has got to be raucous….and two, you´ve got to get up off your ass now….that´s right ….that´s right….because I wanna introduce to you the greatest little house band in all the land….on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan….on the violin and vocals, Sister Soozie Tyrell…on the guitar, Little Steven Van Zandt….on the bass, Garry W.Tallent ….on the drums, the mighty, mighty, mighty, mighty, mighty, mighty star of Late Night (crowd : ‘Television’)…Mighty Max Weinberg….on the guitar, Nils Lofgren ….on the organ, Brother Dan Federici….and I miss my baby, Miss Patti Scialfa, help me, baby, help me….getting a little lovesick right about now….and last but not least ….the Minister of soul…..Emperor of Rochester….and parts hereby connected…. ladies and gentlemen, I know you wish you could be like him but I’m sorry you can´t ….there´s only one Clarence Big Man Clemons….”

11.03.03 Rochester, NY, middle of ‘Ramrod’
‘‘You´re the Boss, honey, you´re the Boss…..that´s right….come on Steve….(?)… Stevie (Steve : ‘Yeah, baby ?’) I do believe it’s quitting time, brother….(Steve : ‘No, it ain’t’) oh yeah (?) I do believe it’s going home for a little snacky time….(Steve : ‘No, it ain’t’) oh, yeah, baby, back to the room, a little cheeseburger, some X-rated films, I do believe it’s leaving time….what I wanna know, Steve, is what time is it ? ….(Steve : ‘Is this Rochester ?….then it’s Boss-time !’)….”

11.03.03 Rochester, NY, intro to ‘Born in the U.S.A’
‘‘Oh, thank you….wrote this song in the early 80’s about the Vietnam War….hope I don’t have to write it again, I wanna send this out tonight as a prayer for peace…a prayer for the safety of our sons and daughters, innocent Iraqi civilians and add our voices to voices that want no war in Iraq….”

11.03.03 Rochester, NY, intro to ‘Fire’
‘‘We’ve got an unusual request over here….we don’t usually play this one but hell, we’re in Rochester, right ?….’

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi

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