Story 2003-08-01 Boston, MA

01.08.03 Boston, MA, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Good evening, Boston…..good evening, Massachusetts…..on this beautiful Massachusetts night….(says in a Boston accent:) we got the guitar out of the car in the parking lot and we´re ready to go (cheers) you´re ready !….thank you…..alright….we need some quiet for this next song, please, thank you….”

01.08.03 Boston, MA, middle of ´Mary´s Place´
´´Are you ready for a house party ? (cheers) are you ready for a house party ? (cheers) …. if you´re ready for a Jersey-style house party…..via way of Boston…..what do you think, C ? ….huh ? yes, yes, yes, yes, yeah, oh, no, yes, no, huh….Clarence says (chuckles) if you wanna have a house party….three conditions have to be met….one…..the music has got to be (Clarence : ´Raucous´) raucous….two, you´ve got to get your (Clarence : ´Ass´) ass out of your seat…..that´s right and three….you´ve got to have the greatest little houseband in all the land (?)….that´s right….ladies and gentlemen, I wanna introduce to you….on the piano, the pathological piano pounding Professor Roy Bittan….on the violin and vocals, out of New York City, Sister Soozie Tyrell….keeper of all that is righteous on E Street, star of ´The Sopranos´-television show….Little Steven Van Zandt on the guitar….born in Boston, he claims….I didn´t know that…..on the bass guitar, the Tennesee Terror, Mr.Garry W.Tallent ….on the drums, the man that brings the power hour after hour, the Minister of the big beat, Secretary of syncopation and star of ´Late Night (crowd : ´Television´) Mighty Max Weinberg….on the guitar, one of the greatest guitarists of rock and roll, Secretary of heart and Secretary of spirit, Brother Nils Lofgren…..on the organ and accordion, keeper of all the mystery on E Street, Brother Dan Federici….to the far side of the stage, First Lady of love, on guitar and vocals, I wanna say happy, happy, happy birthday to you baby….wo !…. happy birthday….you sexy thing….oh yeah….one for every year….and last but not least….ladies and gentlemen, Minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood….Emperor of Massachusetts….and the surrounding territories, I know, I know, I know 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…..(?)….that´s right, that´s right, that´s right, that´s right, that´s right, ladies and gentlemen, I want you stand for the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earthquaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, lovemaking, history-making, legendary E Street Band….did I mention ´legendary´ ?….´history-making´ ?….´Viagra-taking ?´….that´s right…. have mercy….have mercy, baby….”

01.08.03 Boston, MA, intro to ´Mystery Train´
´´I wanna send this out tonight….just lost one of the great, great, great fathers of rock and roll ….without whom which none of us would be here tonight, we´ll send this out to for the memory of the great, great Sam Phillips….”

01.08.03 Boston, MA, middle of ´Ramrod´
´´Come on, baby (Steve : ´Yeah, I´m with you, baby´)….everybody, electric slide….hey Steve (Steve : ´Yeah ?´) I think it´s quitting time, Brother….I believe it´s time to quit…. (Steve : ´Say it ain´t so´) the fog is rolling in….I can´t see shit…..(?)….well, boys….if it ain´t quitting, all I wanna know is….Stevie, what time is it, Brother ?….(Steve : ´You´re right, the fog has rolled in, is there an audience still out there ?´)(cheers)(Steve : ´Are they still there ?´) (cheers)(Steve : ´I´m not sure they´re there´)(cheers)(Steve : ´Oh, they´re there, it´s Boss-time´)….
(….) Mr.and Mrs.Massachusetts, all I wanna know is what time is it ? (crowd : ´Boss-time´) …..”

01.08.03 Boston, MA, intro to ´My City of Ruins´
´´Thank you….wo ! (laughs) alright (laughs)….thank you, I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight….on this foggy, foggy night, thank you….I´d like to thank the folks of Boston and Massachusetts, we appreciate your support….gonna send this one out to some friends of ours, the Greater Boston Foodbank….because of the tough economy, we got more struggling and needing assistance than ever before in eastern Massachusetts and the Greater Boston Foodbank….they feed more than 87,000 people each week, they´re out there helping the struggling citizens of Massachusetts, eastern Massachusetts….they could use your time and your support….if you see them out there tonight, please, please stop to give them a hand….they´d appreciate it, they´re out there on the frontlines doing a good work…. gonna send this out to them…. ”

01.08.03 Boston, MA, intro to ´Land of Hope and Dreams´
´´Wo! (chuckles) yeah….I wanna say thanks again for coming out, it´s been a wild night (chuckles)….this is where I get to make my little public service announcement…..I got people with all different political beliefs who are coming out to see my shows and I like that and we welcome all…..there´s been a lot of questions raised recently about fortrightness of our government and I just wanted to say that this playing with the truth during a war time 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 lives, lives of our sons and our daughters are at stake….I think the question of whether we were,misled into the war in Iraq isn´t a liberal or a conservative question or Republican or Democratic, it´s an American one and the protecting of the democracy that we ask our sons and our daughters to die for is our sacred trust….and demanding accountability from our leaders is our job as citizens and it's what we owe….to our children when they put on an uniform to defend our country, that´s the American way…. may the truth will out….do your job as vigilant citizens….gonna send this out for the safety our troops in Iraq, for the peace of the Iraqi people, this is ´Land of Hope and Dreams´….. ”

01.08.03 Boston, MA, intro to ´Rosalita´
´´Thank you, Big Man, thank you (chuckles) alright, everybody….let´s salsa….”

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