Story 2003-05-29 Manchester, England

29.05.03 Manchester, England, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Thank you…..evening, Manchester….and surrounding territories….glad to be here….this is a, uh, it´s a lovely spot actually, this is lovely, this is a cricket field, right ? (cheers)….I know a little bit about cricket….I know, uh….there are only two bases, right ?….you can run back and forth through ´em as much as you can, right ?…and the pitcher, he has to run when he throws the ball, right ?…that´s different, and then the ball has to hit the ground before it hits the bat….now, that´s different also and uh, no matter where the batter hits the ball, that´s in fair territory, right ? so that´s different, but the ball´s very, very hard and you don´t wanna get hit in the nuts with it, that´s….so that´s the same, that´s very similar to baseball, that´s…. anyway (chuckles) oh, thanks (chuckles) need a little bit of quiet for these next few songs….”

29.05.03 Manchester, England, middle of ´Mary´s Place´
´´Are you ready ?….are you ready ?….are you ready ?….are you ready ?….are you ready for a house party ? (cheers) are you ready for a house party ? (cheers) New Jersey style via Manchester….I think a lot of people are ready but….I don´t think everybody ready….to be ready for a house party….three conditions must be met….one….the music has got to be (Clarence : ´Raucous´) raucous !….two, the music has got to be (Clarence : ´Raucous´) raucous !….three, you´ve got to get your ass out of your seat, baby….it´s time to come on up for the England, the Manchesterian ass-rising….get up there….get up there, you lazy bums ….come on….you can do it, you can do it, it ain´t gonna fall down, give it a shot, you got it, baby, now you´re looking good….alright, we can continue….because I wanna introduce to you, ladies and gentlemen, the greatest little houseband in all the land….I´m talking ´bout, on the piano, educated at (?) and Oxbridge, that´s right, I´m talking to you about the illegitimate son of Jerry Lee Lewis and….Liberace ! Professor Roy Bittan….wo !…out of New York City, we´ve got on the violin and vocals, Sister Soozie Tyrell ….on the guitar, we´ve got the keeper of all that´s righteous down on E Street, star of the ´Sopranos´-television show, Silvio, Silvio, wherefore art thou, Little Steven Van Zandt….on the bass guitar, we´ve got the man that brings the thunder from down under, I´m talking to you ´bout the Tennesee Terror, Mr.Garry W.Tallent ….on the drums, we´ve got, we´ve got, we´ve got the man that brings the power hour after hour night after night, Minister of the big beat, Secretary of syncopation and star of ´Late Night (crowd : ´Television´) Mighty Max Weinberg….on the guitar, Secretary of heart and spirit, one of the greatest guitarists in rock and roll, Brother Nils Lofgren…..on the organ, we´ve got the Minister of mystery, Brother Dan Federici….to this side of the stage, we´ve got the First Lady of love power, baby, I´m talking ´bout on the guitar and vocals, my sweetie baby honey child, Miss Patti Scialfa…..oh, rescue me, I want you in my arms, rescue me….and all your charms, I´m lonely and I´m blue….ah, yes I am, come back, baby, I know you´re only fooling….this always works at home….that´s right, try that at home, folks….and last but not least…..last but not least….last but not least….Prince Charles, you´re ok but get out of the way because next in line for the throne….if we lived in a just universe….ought to be the Minister of soul….Secretary of the brotherhood….ladies and gentlemen, you wish you could be like him but, I´m sorry, you cannot because under the sun there´s only one Clarence Big Man Clemons…..that´s right…..I wanna hear it for the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, earth-shaking, booty-quaking, Viagra-taking, lovemaking legendary E Street Band !….that´s right, baby….we´re here to deliver the news !….”

29.05.03 Manchester, England, intro to ´Thunder Road´
´´Gonna send this one out special to Oscar Bruce….”

29.05.03 Manchester, England, intro to ´Sandy´
´´(crowd does a football chant) I´m not sure what that means when somebody goes ´Oh-oh-oh´ (chuckles) should I do the same ? (chuckles) but, uh, gonna do this request somebody made, she´s here with her husband….oh, there you are, alright, here you go (chuckles)…this gal follows us around all the time but she´s never with her husband so I finally met him…. he´s a good man, he´s a good man, there he is, there he is (?) give him a round of applause, alright (chuckles) uh, a dinner for two and, uh, some (?) no, I´m joking now (chuckles) let´s do it, this is for you guys….”

29.05.03 Manchester, England, middle of ´Ramrod´
´´Alright, baby…that´s right, Kid….come on, Stevie….(Steve : ´Yeah ?´) I wanna let that engine whine, baby…(Steve : ´Crank it up, baby´)…I wanna take it up now, band….but Stevie (Steve : ´Yeah ?´) are you with me ? (Steve : ´Oh yeah´) are you with me all the way, Kid ? (Steve : ´All the way, baby´) that´s good…but, but, but I do believe, I do believe it´s just about quitting time….(Steve : ´What ?´) I said I do believe it´s about time to quit (?) I don´t believe you can play cricket past this time…..but I´ve heard that some of those matches go on all fucking day….sometimes several days at a time….if that´s so, Stevie, then….let´s rock this (?)….Stevie….what time is it, Brother ? (Steve : ´It´s Boss-time !´)….
(….) Mr. and Mrs.Manchester, all I wanna know is what time is it ? (crowd : ´Boss-time´)

29.05.03 Manchester, England, intro to ´My City of Ruins´
´´Ooh !…I like this cricket, this cricket´s good….aah….I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight, thank you, everybody….we appreciate it, this is, uh, actually this is a little, beautiful place to play, it´s just a very lovely, lovely park and uh….just wanna say appreciate your loyalty and support of our music over all these years and we will try to continue to serve you well so thank you….”

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