Story 2003-04-09 Sacramento, CA

09.04.03 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Empty Sky”
“Good evening, Sacramento (crowd cheers) and everybody from the Central Valley…thank you, it’s nice to be back home, we got (?) away for a while (crowd cheers)…thanks, need a little bit of quiet for these next few songs, please, thank you…”

09.04.03 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day”
“Alright…oh yeah…sing one with us…get ready for inimitable vocal stylings of Little Steven (crowd cheers)…(?)…”

09.04.03 Sacramento, CA, middle of “Mary’s Place”
“[Does the “Are you ready?”-call-and-response with the crowd] Well, are you ready for a house party? (crowd cheers) let me see you…you look almost ready…what do you think, C?…hold on…if you’re gonna have a house party…there’s two things you’ve got to have…one…the music has got to be righteous (crowd cheers) and two…you’ve got to get up off your ass now! (crowd cheers) come on!…it’s time to come on up for the ass-rising (crowd cheers) that’s right…that’s right…oh, yes it is…yes, it is, baby…because I wanna introduce to you to the greatest little house band in all the land, on this far side of the stage (crowd cheers)((?) Professor Roy Bittan on the piano (crowd cheers)(?) on the violin, out of New York City, we got Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) on the vocals and guitar, we got Silvio, Silvio, wherefore art thou Silvio, star of the Sopranos, keeper of all that’s righteous on E Street, Little Steven Van Zandt (crowd cheers) brother man, brother man…on the bass guitar, we’ve got the Tennesee Terror, Mr. Garry W. Tallent, come on give it up for him (crowd cheers) on the drums we got the Minister of the big beat, we’ve got the man that brings the power hour after hour night after night after night, and he is a star of Late Night (crowd: “Television”) Television, Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums (crowd cheers) on the guitar, it’s my privilege to have on my stage one of the greatest guitarists in rock’n’roll…Minister of heart and spirit, the great Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) on the organ, out of Flemington, New Jersey, and accordion, we got Brother Dan Federici (crowd cheers) to the far side of the stage, on the guitar and vocals, First Lady of love now, children, and my personal savior, Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) that’s right…oh, rescue me, I want you in my arms, rescue me and show me all your charms ‘cause I’m lonely and I’m blue, I need you and your love too, come on and rescue me, baby (crowd cheers) rescue me, I need help now…(laughs)…I’m telling you, she’s playing it cool but this works at home, ladies and gentlemen, woo (crowd cheers) that’s right, baby…and now last but not least…do I have to say his name? (crowd cheers) let me put it to you like this: Master of the universe…king of all experience…Emperor of California (crowd cheers) Minister of the brotherhood, Secretary of soul…you wish you could be like him, ladies and gentlemen, but I’m sorry, you can’t…because under the sun there’s only one Clarence “Big Man” Clemons on the saxophone…that’s right (?)…”

09.04.03 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Ramrod”
“Are you ready to roadhouse? (crowd cheers)…
(…) Steve…(Steve: “Yeah, baby?)…I do believe it’s quitting time (crowd: “No”)…I believe…it’s time to go to the hotel, get my pyjammies on, ordering up a cheeseburger and watch some adult films time…well, if it ain’t quitting time, Steve…what I wanna know is…what time is it? (crowd cheers)(Steve: “It’s B-B-B-Boss-time”) (crowd cheers)…
(…) Mr. and Mrs. Sacramento, what I wanna know is what time is it? (crowd: “Boss-time”)…”

09.04.03 Sacramento, CA, intro to “My City of Ruins”
“Thank you…I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show here tonight, thank you (crowd cheers) you, uh, you’ve been a fabulous audience, thank you, really great (crowd cheers)…one, two …I wanna send this out to some friends of ours tonight from the California Emergency Food Link…they were founded here in 1992 to find solutions to root causes of hunger here in Sacramento area… they’re one of the largest food distribution organizations in the country, they deliver millions of pounds of food each year all throughout California, they can use your support, if you see them out there in the lobby tonight, California Emergency Food Link…this is for them…”

09.04.03 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Land of Hope and Dreams”
“Wanna send this out tonight as a prayer for peace, a prayer for the safety of our sons and daughters, the safety of the Iraqi people… this is “Land of Hope and Dreams”…”

09.04.03 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Dancing in the Dark”
“One more for Sacramento (chuckles)(crowd cheers)…”

09.04.03 Sacramento, CA, intro to “Darlington County”
“You’re so good (crowd cheers) one more for Sacramento (crowd cheers)…oh, we’ll take you on down…come on, Steve…”

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