Story 2003-07-24 East Rutherford, NJ

24.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Evening, everybody….welcome, welcome….looks good !….looks good up there !….I´m keeping ´em crossed…..looks good (chuckles)….I don´t wanna say the word…..(chuckles) woo, thank you…..need a little bit of quiet for this next song, please, thanks….

24.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of ´Mary´s Place´
´´Are you ready….are you ready….are you ready…..are you ready….what do you think, C ? ….(chuckles) this is New Jersey, this is our hometown and they do look ready (?) yes, that´s right…..oh yeah…..ladies and gentlemen, I want to know if you´re ready for a house party ? (cheers) are you ready for a New Jersey house party ? (cheers) are you ready for a Jersey Shore house party ? (cheers) all you need is two things, the music has got to be (Clarence: ´Raucous´) raucous and you´ve got to get your (Clarence: ´Ass´) ass out of your seat…. because I want to introduce to you right now the greatest little houseband in all the land…. starting at the piano, the illegitimate son of Jerry Lee Lewis and Liberace….the pathological piano pounding Professor Roy Bittan….on the violin, out of New York City, Sister Soozie Tyrell ….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, The Tennesee Terror, coming to you from Neptune, New Jersey, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….on the drums, out of South Orange, New Jersey….Minister of the big beat, Secretary of syncopation, the man that brings the power hour, hour, hour, hour´, hour after hour night after night and star of ´Late Night (crowd : ´Television´) Mighty Max Weinberg….on the guitar, a man from Maryland, a state that is reasonable close to New Jersey, one of the greatest guitarists in rock and roll, Mr.Nils Lofgren….on the organ, out of Flemington, New Jersey, home of Flemington Furs where we bought our first furcoats for 1900 dollars, Brother Dan Federici….to the far side of the stage, I´m talking about the First Lady of love, on guitar and vocals, my sweetie baby honey child, out of Deal, New Jersey, Miss Patti Scialfa….come on, baby, I believe in miracles, where you from, you sexy thing….yeah baby….and last but not least….that´s right, Minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood, a man not from New Jersey but who´s gonna tell him, ladies and g, the Emperor of the Garden State….on the saxophone, you wish you could be like him but you can´t 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….let me hear it for ´em now (cheers) they´re legendary….oh yeah…..have mercy….´´

24.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Sandy´
´´Alright….this wasn´t your request but I´ll do this one for you guys, can´t do that one….and I´ll also do this for, uh, my good, my longtime friend, Glen, this is for you, Glen….´´

24.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of ´Ramrod´
´´Big Man walking….Big Man on the move….Big Man having a party….Big Man (?)….stay back 500 feet….
(….) Come on, Steve….Steve (Steve: ´Yeah ?´) I think it´s quitting time…..I don´t know (chuckles) I think it´s quitting time (Steve: ´I think you still got a few moves left´) I don´t know how many moves I have left….I´m running out of moves ….Steve….if it ain´t quitting time…..what time is it ?…. (Steve: ´I thought we were in New Jersey (cheers) oh, it´s Boss-time´)
(….) Mr.and Mrs.New Jersey, we are not (?) what we wanna know is what time is it ? (crowd: ´Boss-time´)….´´

24.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´My City of Ruins´
´´Thank you, thank you so much…..oh, nice, nice night, the weather looked good (chuckles) (?)(chuckles) I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight, thank you very much….a great night….we wanna thank the people of New Jersey for supporting us so strongly (?) thank you, it´s good to be back in our homestate….I wanna do this tonight for our friends from the Community Foodbank of New Jersey, they, uh, help New Jersey´s struggling citizens make ends meet, 40 percent of the folks they help are kids, they can use your support, your donations or your time, I believe they´re set up out on the Boardwalk, stop and check them out, they´ve been doing good work for a very long time here in the state ….helping folks that need some help….I also wanna (?) Asbury Park´s coming along alive and well….I´ll do this tonight for Kathleen, if, uh, you get a chance, you´re looking for, uh, someplace to spend on, on the weekend, stop down and see Asbury, they got a lot of new art galleries and new clubs and, uh, things opening up downtown….and they can use your help ….so I´ll do this tonight for the folks (coughs) from the Community Foodbank of New Jersey and my adopted hometown, Asbury Park….´´

24.07.03 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Land of Hope and Dreams´
´´Oh, thank you….this is where I kind of make my little public service announcement….we got people of all different political beliefs come and they, they come to the show and we like that and we welcome everybody….there´s been a lot of questions in papers lately about the fortrightness of our government and I think that you can see that playing with the truth has been, playing with the truth during wartime has been a part of both Democratic and Republican administrations in the past and it´s always wrong….never more so when there´s real, real, real lives at stake, I think the question of whether we were misled into the war in Iraq isn´t a liberal or a conservative question but it is an American one and protecting our 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, that´s the American way….I´ll do this tonight hoping that the truth may will out and as a prayer for our troops in Iraq and the peace of the Iraqi people….this is ´Land of Hope and Dreams´….´´

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