Story 2003-06-16 Helsinki, Finland

16.06.03 Helsinki, Finland, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Good evening….hei, Suomi !….mahtavaa olla Helsingissa (not much response from the crowd) encomprendo, did my best, that was my best (cheers) mittumaari ! (cheers) ah, that´s good, that´s better (chuckles)…saisinko hiljaisuutta, kiitos….”

16.06.03 Helsinki, Finland, middle of ´Mary´s Place´
´´Are you ready ? are you ready ? are you ready ? are you ready ? what you think, C ?….are you ready for a house party is what we wanna know (cheers) are you ready for a house
party ? (cheers) are you ready for a house party ? (cheers) alright, ´cause I like to dance like this (chuckles) hey, Big Man, I think some people are ready for a house party but I think that some people are not… me, Brother….because if you want to have a house party, three conditions must be met…..number one, the music has got to be (Clarence: ´Raucous´) raucous….number two, the music must be (Clarence: ´Raucous´) raucous…..number three, you got to get your (Clarence: ´Ass´) ass out of your seats….the Finnish ass must rise….come on up for the Finn ass-rising !….come on, oh, that´s much better, oh, much better….because I´m about to introduce to you the greatest band in all the land….on (?) side of the stage, the pathological piano pounder, illegitimate son of Jerry Lee Lewis and Liberace, Professor Roy Bittan….on the violin and vocals, out of New York City, Sister Soozie Tyrell….on the guitar, keeper of all that is sacred on E Street, Silvio Dante, Little Steven Van Zandt….on the bass guitar, the man that bring the thunder from down under, that put the bass in your face, the Tennesee Terror, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….back on the drums, the man that bring the power hour after hour, night after night after night, the Minister of the big beat, the Secretary of syncopation and star of ´Late Night (crowd: ´Television´) Television, Mighty Max Weinberg ….on the guitar, keeper of heart and spirit, one of the greatest guitarists in rock and roll, Brother Nils Lofgren….on the organ, Secretary of mystery, Phantom Dan Federici….now to the far side of the stage, First Lady of love, on guitar and vocals, and my sweetie baby honey child, Miss Patti Scialfa….bring it to me, baby, bring it to me when daddy comes home….do I have to say his name ?….do I have to say his name ?….Minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood, ladies and gentlemen, you wish you could be like him but you cannot because under the sun there´s only one Clarence Big Man Clemons….ladies and gentlemen, that´s the heartstopping, pants-dropping, houserocking, earth-shaking, booty-quaking, Viagra-taking, lovemaking E Street Band…..yes it is !…. ”

16.06.03 Helsinki, Finland, middle of ´Ramrod´
´´Hey Steve ! (Steve : ´Yeah, baby ?´) I do believe it´s quitting time…..time to go home….. quitting time….going home…..going home time…..well, Steve, if it ain´t quitting time, Steve, what I wanna know is what time is it ?….(Steve : ´We ain´t to the finish line yet, it´s Boss-time !´)
(….) Mr. and Mrs.Helsinki, what time is it ? (crowd : ´Boss-time !´)
(….) We ain´t quitting….Stevie, we´re gonna play until the sun goes down…..does the sun go down ? (crowd : ´No´) oh, oh, oh….”

16.06.03 Helsinki, Finland, intro to ´My City of Ruins´
´´Thank you, thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight, thank you very much…. kiitos, Helsinki, kiitos, Suomi….oh, this is our first time here, sorry it took us so long to get here but uh….we´ll be back to see you so….”

16.06.03 Helsinki, Finland, middle of ´Glory Days´
´´Come on, Steve….(Steve : ´Yeah, baby ?´) that sun just ain´t going down…..are you with me, Kid ? (Steve :´Yeah´) is the band with me ?…..are the people with me ? (cheers)….”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvie

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