Story 2003-09-07 Boston, MA

07.09.03 Boston, MA, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Thank you and good evening once again…..welcome, welcome, welcome, it´s great to be here in Fenway another night….we had a helluva time last night….we´ll do it again and then some (chuckles)….oh yeah…..”

07.09.03 Boston, MA, intro to ´Waitin´on a Sunny Day´
´´Ladies and gentlemen, the inimitable vocal stylings of Steve Van Zandt…..”

07.09.03 Boston, MA, 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 Boston house party ? (cheers)….well, as you know, tonight we´re here on a very special occasion and it´s gonna call for more than a house party ….that´s right, it´s gonna call for more than a rock and roll house party….we got to have a rock and roll baptism, a rock and roll bar mitzvah, a rock and roll happy hour and a rock and roll exorcism, baby….that´s right….because even though we are from New Jersey….we´re just (?) close to New, New, New, New Hope, Pennsylvania…..I can feel your pain !….and we know how you´ve struggled against your nemesis to the south….I´m talking about those evil citizens….those greedy bastards….those arrogant of New, New, New, Newport, Rhode Island….the balls they got down there !….that´s alright because I wanna introduce your exorcisers….on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan….on the violin, Sister Soozie Tyrell….on the guitar, the coolest little dj in the U.S.A and a man who was born in Boston !….do you believe it ? Little Steven Van Zandt….on the bass, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….on the drums, star of ´Late Night (crowd : ´Television´) Mighty Max Weinberg….on the guitar, Brother Nils Lofgren…. on the organ, Phantom Dan Federici….on the guitar and vocals, Miss Patti Scialfa….and last but not least, the Chief exorciser, the man that made the devil run and call his mama, I´m talking about the one, the only, Minister of soul, the Secretary of the brotherhood, Emperor of the universe, Honorary Mayor of Boston and all connected parts, Big Man Clarence Clemons….I want you to put your hands together for the heartstopping, pants-dropping, houserocking, earth-shaking, booty-quaking, Viagra-taking, lovemaking, history-making, exorcising, death-defying, sexifying, legendary E Street Band….christened tonight under the new name ´Bruce Springsteen and the History-Making Sexifiers´….I think it´s got a good ring to it….”

07.09.03 Boston, MA, intro to ´Frankie´
´´Alright, we, uh (chuckles)…enjoy yourself, alright, alright….we have a couple of requests for this one (?) we´ll reach way back in the vaults to pull this one out, see how it goes….(a false start) haven´t played this one in a while….”

07.09.03 Boston, MA, middle of ´Glory Days´
´´Come on, Steve…..keep on rocking, baby….it´s time to exercise…..(?)(Bruce howls)…. (howls)….Steve (Steve : ´Yeah ?´) what time is it, Brother ? (Steve: ´We know what time it is´)(?) if we´re in Boss-town, then it must be….(Steve: ´Boss-time´)…. ”

07.09.03 Boston, MA, intro to ´My City of Ruins´
´´Thank you, Boston….gonna mention some friends of ours that are in the building tonight, Greater Boston Foodbank´s out there, they´re out there helping the struggling citizens of Boston…they´ve distributed 20 million pounds of food to hundreds of local hunger relief agencies that help feed Boston´s citzens, people that gotta make the decision between paying the rent and buying food, (?) they could use your time or your support in any fashion, Greater Boston Foodbank, good folks out there on the frontline doing a good work…..wo, I don´t know what to say, I mean it´s been a helluva couple of nights (chuckles)….I ain´t ever seen what´s going on outside of this building (chuckles) in any city we´ve ever played (?) you know, it´s just a….we´ve had a great, great, great couple of nights here, this is really one for the record books for us….we thank you….we´ve had a long history here in Boston….going back to Paul´s Mall, Joe´s Place, Oliver´s, the Music Hall, Boston Gardens….it´s been so many great nights and so many great audiences and tonight this feels like, uh….these past two nights´ve been a perfect circle for us, I was telling the folks last night we´ve played a lot of venues and all fans were always great but there´s not many places you drive by with the (?) in this building, when it´s empty, you can feel the soul of the city and its (?)….it´s one of those buildings that´s always full….so we wanna thank you folks here at Fenway, we wanna thank the city of Boston….and WE WANNA THANK ALL YOU FOLKS OUTSIDE IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD….I KNOW YOU CAN HEAR ME….HAVE ONE FOR ME….. EVERYBODY, SAY ´HI´ TO THE FOLKS OUTSIDE (crowd : ´Hi !´) yes, yes, yes, we wanna thank the folks in the neighbourhood for letting us come in and make all this racket late at night….and for allowing us to fill up a little bit of this building with our music, it´s been a lovely privilege to play right here in heart of Boston, we thank you…..THIS IS FOR EVERYBODY OUTSIDE…..”

07.09.03 Boston, MA, intro to ´Born in the U.S.A´
´´Oh, once again I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show….I was telling the folks last night we have people of all different kinds of political beliefs coming out and uh, that´s what we like, we, we welcome everybody with the exception of Dick Cheney, of course, he, he just can´t be here (chuckles) there´s been a lot of questions raised recently about the forthrightness of our government, its entry in the war in Iraq, this is my little public service announcement: just wanna say the playing with the truth during wartime has been a part of both Democratic and Republican administrations in the past, it´s always wrong, never more so when there´s, lives of our sons and our daughters are on the line, I think the question whether we were misled into the war in Iraq´s not really a Liberal or a Conservative question, it´s an American one, protecting of the democracy that we ask our sons and our daughters to die for is our sacred trust, as is demanding the accountability from our leaders, that´s our job as citizens….so may the truth will out….if you wanna hear that done a little funnier, you can pick up Al Franken´s book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them….let´s go…. ”

07.09.03 Boston, MA, intro to ´Rosalita´
´´We got to send this out to the neighbourhood now…..”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi

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