Story 2003-07-18 East Rutherford, NJ

18.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Good evening, everybody….welcome….a rainy night in Jersey….this is nothing….I´m just cooling down a little bit, you know, the heat….thanks, need a little bit of quiet for this song ….”

18.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of ´Mary´s Place´
´´Are you ready for a house party ? (cheers) are you ready to do a little singing in the rain now ? (cheers)….what do you think, C ?….are they ready ?….he says some are ready and some are not….to be ready to have a house party….are they ready over here ?….are they ready over there ?….are they ready way up there ?….are they ready right down here ?….are you ready over here ? (cheers) are you ready way back there ? (cheers) are you ready everywhere ? (cheers) that´s good because I wanna introduce to you right now the greatest little houseband in all the land….I want you to stand for on the piano, the (?) piano pounding Professor Roy Bittan….on the violin and vocals, out of New York City, Sister Soozie Tyrell ….from Middletown, New Jersey….on the guitar, keeper of all that is righteous on E Street, star of ´The Sopranos´-television show….Little Steven Van Zandt….on the bass guitar, out of Neptune, New Jersey….Mr.Garry W.Tallent….ladies and gentlemen, straight from South Orange, New Jersey….Minister of the big beat, Secretary of syncopation, the man that brings the power hour after hour all night long and star of ´Late Night (crowd : ´Television´) Mighty Max Weinberg….on the guitar, one of the greatest guitarists in rock and roll, all the way from Maryland which is very close to New Jersey….(?) Brother Nils Lofgren…..on the organ, out of Flemington, New Jersey, Phantom Dan Federici….to the far side of the stage, First Lady of love….very New Jersey….from Deal, New Jersey, Miss Patti Scialfa….can I get alright ? ….last but not least….do I have to say his name ?….do I have to say his name ?….do I have to say his name ?….do I have to say his name ?….on the saxophone, you wish you could be like him but I´m sorry, ladies and gentlemen, you cannot because under the sun there´s only one Clarence Big Man Clemons…..ladies and gentlemen, that´s the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earthshaking, booty-quaking, Viagra-taking, lovemaking, legendary E Street Band….say you need somebody….”

18.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of ´Glory Days´
´´Come on, Steve….we gotta keep rolling, baby….we gotta keep going, Kid….we´re going home now, Big Man (Steve : ´I don´t wanna go home´) what ? (Steve : ´I don´t wanna go home´) are you sure ? (Steve : ´I don´t wanna go home´) I´m telling you it´s quitting time (Steve : ´I don´t wanna go´) but it´s quitting time (Steve : ´Don´t make me go home´) I´m telling you it´s quitting time (Steve : ´Don´t make me go´) well, Mr.and Mrs.New Jersey, if it ain´t quitting time, what I wanna know is what time is it ?….”

18.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´My City of Ruins´
´´Thank you….thank you, I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight…. thank you very much….we´ve been having a great time up here, a lot of fun….I wanna thank my buddy Garland Jeffreys, Garland tonight….we were signed way back….in the early 70´s to Columbia at the same time….and uh….I don´t know if you´re into his records but he has great, great records, Mr.Garland Jeffreys….getting us crazy (chuckles)….oh, gonna do this tonight for the Community Foodbank of New Jersey, they´re here with us….they….distribute food to 18 New Jersey counties….and 40 percent of the folks they help are kids, they´re out there helping struggling New Jersey citizens….very essential service….if you see ´em on the way out, I think they´re set up on the boardwalk tonight but they collect donations and they also sign up for volunteers for time and uh, that´s a good thing to do so this is for the folks from the Community Foodbank of New Jersey….and also a pitch for Asbury Park if you´re looking for some place to go on the weekend (chuckles)….there´s a lot of new shops and new clubs down there, the place is really coming together and worth your, it´s worth checking out and your support, check out downtown Asbury Park….so this is for Asbury also….”

18.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Land of Hope and Dreams´
´´Oh….thanks again for coming out….this is sort of, uh….I make my public service announcement here….we get all kinds of different people coming to our shows, people with all kinds of different political beliefs and I like that….we welcome all….there´s been a lot of questions raised recently about the fortrightness of our government and I think that playing with the truth has been a part of both Democratic and Republican administrations during the wartime in the past and it´s always wrong….never so (?) when there are real lives that are at stake….I think the question of whether we were misled to the war in Iraq isn´t a liberal or a conservative question or a Republican or a Democratic one, it´s an American question and uh, protecting of the democracy that we ask our sons and daughters to die for is our sacred trust as citizens and demanding accountability from our leaders is our job as Americans, that´s the American way….so may the truth will out….this is for my friend Bobby Muller, this is ´Land of Hope and Dreams´….”

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