Story 2003-06-17 Helsinki, Finland

17.06.03 Helsinki, Finland, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Thank you….hei, Suomi ! (chuckles) that´s all my Finnish, mahtavaa olla Helsingissa (not much response from the crowd) no ? (chuckles) mittumaari ! (cheers) I got that one down (chuckles)….alright….it´s good to see you again tonight….so, uh, saisinko hiljaisuutta, kiitos….”

17.06.03 Helsinki, Finland, intro to ´The River´
´´We haven´t played this one in a while but, uh, we haven´t been here before….”

17.06.03 Helsinki, Finland, 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) oh, are you ready, are you ready, are you ready, are you ready now ?….Big Man, are they ready ?….is everybody ready ?….Big Man says some people are ready and some people are not….(chuckles) let´s check that out ….I can tell that some people are truly ready…..but I can also tell that some people are not (chuckles)….´cause
three conditions have to be met before we can continue….if you´re gonna have a house party, number one, the music has got to be (Clarence: ´Raucous´) raucous….number two, the music must be (Clarence: ´Raucous´) raucous….and number three, you got to get your (Clarence: ´Ass´) out of your seat (chuckles)….the Finnish ass must rise from the Finnish seat….it´s time to come up for the Finnish ass-rising !….you can do it, oh, very good…. because, ladies and gentlemen, I´m about to introduce to you the greatest little houseband in all the land….starting at the far side of the stage, on the piano, the illegitimate child 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 and vocals, keeper of all that is righteous on E Street, Brother Steve Van Zandt….the man that bring the thunder from down under, put the bass in your face, the Tennesee Terror, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….on the drums, the man that bring the power hour after hour, night after night, all night long, 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 and accordion, out of Flemington, New Jersey, Brother Dan Federici….to the far side of the stage, the First Lady of love, on guitar and vocals, and my personal honey baby child….Miss Patti Scialfa….I believe in miracles, where you from, you sexy thing….(?) baby….and last but not least….that´s right….last but not least….Minister of soul….Secretary of the brotherhood….you wish you could be like him but you just can´t because under the sun there´s only one Clarence Big Man Clemons….rumble, young man, rumble….ladies and gentlemen, that´s the heartstopping, pants-dropping, houserocking, earth-shaking, booty-quaking, Viagra-taking, lovemaking E Street Band….´´

17.06.03 Helsinki, Finland, middle of ´Ramrod´
´´Stevie !…let´s go home….it´s quitting time (Steve: ´What are you talking about, baby ?´ it´s quitting time (Steve: ´It´s the middle of the day !´) no, the sun don´t go down here, Brother (Steve: ´It don´t ?´) no (?)….if it ain´t quitting time, Stevie, what time is it ?…. (Steve: ´B-B-B-B-Boss-time !´)
(….) All I wanna know is what time is it ? (crowd : ´Boss-time !´)….”

17.06.03 Helsinki, Finland, intro to ´My City of Ruins´
´´Thank you….uh….I wanna thank everyone for coming to the shows tonight we did here in Helsinki, thank you, thank you all…. kiitos, Helsinki, kiitos, Suomi….thank you…uh….”

17.06.03 Helsinki, Finland, middle of ´Glory Days´
´´Come on, Steve….Brother Steve….we gotta keep rocking, baby….(?) we can´t stop now, baby….is the band with me ?…..are the people with me ? (cheers) are you with me more than that ? (cheers) are you with me more than that ? (cheers) are you really with me ? (cheers)….”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi

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