Story 2003-09-20 Darien, NY

20.09.03 Darien, NY, intro to ‘Empty Sky’
´´Good evening….yes, alright….hello, Buffalo, hello, Rochester….Darien Lake….Niagara Falls !….slowly I turn….it´s nice to be with you here…..I think a tour of amusement parks may be in order, that´s what I´d like (chuckles)….I like the way it feels….at least tonight…. thanks, need a little bit of quiet for this next one, thank you….”

20.09.03 Darien, NY, middle of ‘Mary’s Place´
´´Are you ready ?….are you ready ?….are you ready….are you ready….are you ready for a rock and roll house party now ? (cheers)….are you ready for a rock and roll resurrection ? (cheers) are you ready for a rock and roll baptism ? (cheers) are you ready for a rock and roll bar mitzvah ? (cheers) are you ready for a rock and roll exorcism ? (cheers)….on the piano, we´ve got Professor Roy Bittan….on the violin and vocals, Sister Soozie Tyrell….on the guitar, the coolest little dj in the U.S.A….Brother Steve Van Zandt….(?)….on the bass guitar, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….on the drums, the man that brings the power hour after hour, night after night, day after day, week after week, year after year, 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 in rock and roll, Brother Nils Lofgren ….on the organ, man of mystery, Phantom Dan Federici… this side of the stage, First Lady of love, my sweetie baby child, on guitar and vocals, Miss Patti Scialfa.…and last but not least….the king of Buffalo….the Prince of Darien Lakes….the Emperor of Niagara Falls, baby….slowly I turn….ladies and gentlemen, it´s time to take matters in hand and to impeach the President and put in a man that knows what he´s doing….I nominate Big Man Clarence Clemons….get that fool outta there !….I want you to put your hands together for the heartstopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earth-shaking, booty-quaking, history-making, Viagra-taking, lovemaking, exorcising, death-defying, sexifying, legendary E Street Band…. did I mention legendary, pants-dropping ?….that´s right…..”

20.09.03 Darien, NY, intro to ´County Fair´
´´Get that accordion, Danny….Soozie, get your violin….(sings to himself)….this is a song I wrote….guess about ten years ago, didn´t put it out but it´s, it´s appropriate for tonight so I´m gonna sing it, nobody´s ever played it before (chuckles) Soozie, bring your violin, but, man, they could do it, bring your accordion, Danny….turn me up a little bit (?)(chuckles)….”

20.09.03 Darien, NY, intro to ´Janey Don´t You Lose Heart´
´´Alright, I´ll do this for you ´cause you´re here all the time (chuckles) and you missed it the night we played it so…..”

20.09.03 Darien, NY, intro to ´Glory Days´
´´Come on up, Willie….have my good friend Willie Nile gonna play one with us….come on, Brother….
(….) Come on, Steve, come on, Willie….I believe it´s time to shuffle off to Buffalo….(?)… gotta do it now, baby….I believe it is time to go to N-N-N-N (Clarence: ´Niagara Falls´)…. slowly I turn….step by step….but before I go, I wanna know one thing….what time is it ? (crowd: ´Boss-time´)….”

20.09.03 Darien, NY, intro to ‘My City of Ruins’
´´Thank you….I wanna thank you for coming out tonight….Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara, wherever the hell you´re from (chuckles)…thank you for coming out and being with us….on this lovely after-summer evening…..we´ve only got six nights to rock now (chuckles) but this one was a great one, we thank you, thanks, it was fabulous (?)…oh, we´ve got some friends of ours from the Foodbank of Western New York in the house with us….last year they distributed over 12 million pounds of food to over 500 soup kitchens and pantries and shelters in four Western New York counties….yeah….they have a program here, it´s specifically towards children….they feed over 1,400 kids each year and they´re out there doing a good work on the frontlines, assisting the struggling citizens of Western New York, if you see them out there, please give a hand to the Foodbank of Western New York….this is for them….”

20.09.03 Darien, NY, intro to ´Land of Hope and Dreams´
´´Once again, thank you, thank you for coming out tonight….thank you very much….this is where I make my little public service announcement, uh….we get people of all different kinds of political beliefs coming to our shows and that´s what we like ….we, uh, we welcome all….there´s been a lot of questions raised recently about the forthrightness of the government, as far as our entry into the war in Iraq, just wanna say that the playing with the truth during wartime has been a part of both Democratic and Republican administrations in the past, it´s always wrong when the lives of our sons and daughters are on the line….and uh, I just think the question of whether we were misled into the war isn´t a Liberal question or a Conservative question or wherever you fall on, it´s an American one, protecting our democracy that we ask our sons and daughters to die for is our sacred trust, as is demanding the truth and accountability from our leaders, that´s our job as citizens so it´s a good time to be vigilant out there…..may the truth will out….check out the Al Franken book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them….come on, Max….this is ´Land of Hope and Dreams´…”

20.09.03 Darien, NY, intro to ‘Rosalita’
´´The rollercoaster´s closed !….ferris wheel´s shut down !….alright, we got an end-of-the-summer special for you, right….”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi

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