Story 2003-07-17 East Rutherford, NJ

17.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Good evening, everyone…´s a good night tonight !….gods have smiled on us with this weather (?)….I figured I was gonna be up here sucking some New Jersey humidity but this is (chuckles)….alright, need a little bit of quiet for this next one, thank you…..´´

17.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Growin´Up´
´´This is for any old timers out there…..´´

17.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, 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 summertime house party ? (cheers)…oh, what do you think, C ?….let´s take a look (?) some… the back, I´m not sure….I think, no…..alright, C says….if you´re ready for a summertime house party, two conditions gotta be met…. number one, the music has got to be (Clarence : ´Raucous´) raucous !….number two, the music had better be (Clarence : ´Raucous´) raucous !….number three, everybody´s got to get their (Clarence : ´Ass´) ass off their seats….all the way from the front all the way to the back, all the way up top, all the way down below, all the way in the middle, way over on the side, way up top now, to the (?) and the front, inside, outside, because I wanna introduce to you right now the greatest little houseband in all the land….that´s right, you´ve got to be standing for on the piano, the illegitimate son of Jerry Lee Lewis and Liberace, the pathological piano-pounding Professor Roy Bittan….on the violin and vocals, out of New York City….oh, Sister Soozie Tyrell….on the guitar, out of Middletown, New Jersey….scene of the first Hulabaloo club in the Uni, in the Garden State….keeper of all that is righteous on E Street, Little Steven….on the bass guitar, straight from the (?) factory in Neptune, New Jersey…. Brother Garry Tallent….on the drums, out of South Orange….the man that brings the power hour after hour night after night, I´m talking about the Minister of the big beat, I´m talking about the Secretary of syncopation, I´m talking about the star of ´Late Night (crowd: ´Television´) Mighty Max Weinberg….on the guitar, one of the greatest guitarists in rock and roll, from Maryland, which is close to New Jersey….Brother Nils Lofgren on the guitar….on the organ, Brother Dan Federici out of Flemington, New Jersey, home of Flemington Furs where we bought our first furcoats for 1900 dollars, Brother Dan Federici…..on the far side of the stage, the First Lady of love, my sweetie baby honey child, out of Deal, New Jersey, Miss Patti Scialfa….yes, baby !….yes it is !….and last but not least….not originally from New Jersey but who´s gonna tell him ? the Emperor of the Garden State… I have to say his name ?….Minister of soul, Big Man Clarence Clemons on the saxophone….that´s right, let´s hear it for the heartstopping, pants-dropping, houserocking, earth-shaking, booty-quaking, Viagra-taking, lovemaking, legendary E Street Band….yes it is !….(?) in the house !….´´

17.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of ´Ramrod´
´´Big Man moving….Big Man walking….Big Man surfing….Big man having a party….
(….) Hey Steve ! (Steve: ´Yeah, baby ?´) I think it´s quitting time….(Steve: ´Say it ain´t so´) I think it´s time to go….we gotta beat the traffic, baby….I gotta get on the Turnpike…..I need a police escort….back to Jersey Shore….gotta go….quitting time….well, Steve, if, if, if it ain´t quitting time, what I wanna know is what time is it, baby ?….(Steve: ´A little too quiet for New Jersey (cheers) and now I think it´s Boss-time !´)….
(….) Mr. and Mrs.New Jersey, all I wanna know is what time is it ? (crowd: ´Boss-time´)….´´

17.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´My City of Ruins´
´´Thank you….I wanna thank, wanna thank everyone for coming out to the show tonight, thank you very much….it´s a, uh….it´s a big thrill to be back here on this stage playing for you, I guess 18 years after we were here the last time, it´s, uh….it´s a nice feeling and I just want to, uh, thank all you folks for the the response that we had for these shows here was something that, uh, just, uh, meant a lot to the band and I wanna say we appreciate your support….this is for our friends from the Community Foodbank of New Jersey that are here with us, we´ve worked with them for a long time now and, uh….they work here and they, they distribute to 18 New Jersey counties, 40 % of the people they assist are kids….and, uh, they´re out there helping the strugling citizens of New Jersey, they deserve your time and your support, if you see them on the way out, they´re set up on the boardwalk tonight and, uh, they collect donations and they sign up volunteers (?) put a little time at the foodbank, it´s, uh….good for you….this is for them….the Community Foodbank of New Jersey….and also for our friends from Asbury….´´

17.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Land of Hope and Dreams´
´´Thank you….just wanna leave as a footnote: if you´re looking for a destination for one afternoon, it´d be nice if you could make it down through Asbury, there´s a lot ot new shops and, uh, some art galleries opening up and antique stores and, uh…..some nice, there´s some new clubs down there and, uh, my buddy Joe Grushecky´s gonna be playing, I think, it´s Saturday night, Saturday night and uh….there (?) it´s a nice place to stop for a weekend (?) ….uh….before this next song (?) like I was telling the folks the other night that, you know,
people come to my shows with all different kinds of political beliefs and that´s something that, that I like, you know, and we welcome all and, uh, there´s been a lot of questions raised recently about the forthrightness of the government in dealing with the war and I think, uh, I just wanna say that this playing with the truth during wartime´s been a part of both Democratic and Republican administrations in the past and it´s always wrong….it´s, uh, it´s never more so when there are real lives, real lives at stake, the question of whether we were misled into the war in Iraq, I don´t think it´s a Liberal or a Conservative question or a Republican or a Democratic question, it´s an American question and protecting that democracy that we ask our sons and daughters to die for is our sacred trust and demanding accountability is our job as American citizens….that´s the American way so may the truth will out, this is ´Land of Hope and Dreams´….´´

17.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Rosalita´
´´I dedicate this to all New Jerseyans….this is for you, baby….´´

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