Story 2003-09-21 Detroit, MI

21.09.03 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Welcome, everyone…..thanks for coming out on this beautiful Detroit evening…´s good to be back in the Motor City….”

21.09.03 Detroit, MI, 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)….I think they need more than a house party tonight, baby….are you ready for a rock and roll baptism ? (cheers) I think they need more than a rock and roll baptism, baby…..are you ready for a rock and roll bar mitzvah ? (cheers)…..are you ready for a rock and roll, I know how you´ve struggled in this building this year….I can feel your pain ….you need a rock and roll exorcism….let´s face it….that´s what you´re gonna get….we´re gonna chase all the evil spirits out of here….your exorcisers, on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan…on violin and vocals, Sister Soozie Tyrell….on the guitar, the greatest little dj in the U.S.A, Little Steven 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 sanitation (chuckles) 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, Minister of mystery…. Brother Dan Federici….to the far side of the stage, First Lady of love, my sweetie baby honey child, Miss Patti Scialfa.….kisses on you, baby….and last but not least….Minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood…..and Emperor of Detroit….ladies and gentlemen, it is time to impeach the President and put in somebody who knows what they´re doing….I´m talking about Clarence ´Big Man´ Clemons…..he will throw Dick Cheney on his ass !….that´s right…..ladies and gentlemen, 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 history-making, pantsdroppers ?….that´s right…..”

21.09.03 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Heatwave´
´´(?)….got one of the great, great ladies of Motown, Miss Martha Reeves with us…..”

21.09.03 Detroit, MI, middle of ´Glory Days
´´Come on, Steve….keep on rocking, baby….are you with me, Kid ? (Steve: ´Oh yeah´) is the band with me ?….are the Detroitians with me ? (cheers) I don´t believe you….all I wanna know is…..before I go, all I wanna know is….Steve…..what I wanna know is what time is it ? (crowd: ´Boss-time´)….”

21.09.03 Detroit, MI, intro to ´I´m Goin´Down´
´´Do I see a request ?….what´s that sign say ?…..I´m hot ?….I´m hot, baby….I´m hot….and I´m going down….I said I´m going down…..”

21.09.03 Detroit, MI, intro to ‘My City of Ruins’
´´(crowd sings ´Happy Birthday´ to Bruce) thank you, thank you, thank you very much….I could just as easily ignore the whole thing (?)….oh, wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight, thank you for coming out on this beautiful Detroit night…..oh….we´ve got, uh….we´ve only got five nights to rock left (chuckles) we got a great year, just want to, uh, thank you once again for the support of our music, we appreciate it very much…..this is, uh, wanna do this for some friends of ours in the house tonight, the folks from the Gleaners Community Foodbank….Gleaners Foodbank is, uh…´s the third-oldest in the United States and they´re here out on the frontlines doing good work, helping the struggling citizens of Southeastern Michigan…. over a half of those that they serve are children and seniors, old folks…..and uh….just a buck donation helps them distribute 16, 16 meals so if you see them on your way out, please give a hand to the Gleaners Community Foodbank….they could use your time or your support in any fashion….this is for them….”

21.09.03 Detroit, MI, intro to ´Land of Hope and Dreams´
´´Thank you, thanks for coming out once again…..this is where I make my little public service announcement, uh….we get people with all different kinds of political beliefs who come out to our show, we like that, we welcome everybody….been a lot of questions raised recently about the forthrightness of our government…..just wanted to say that playing with the truth during wartime has been a part of both Democratic and Republican administrations in the past…´s always wrong, especially when the lives of our sons and daughters are on the line….and the question of whether we were misled into the war in Iraq´s not really a Liberal question or a Conservative question but it is an American one and it goes to the heart of protecting the democracy that we ask our sons and our daughters to go out and die for…. demanding the truth and accountability from our leaders, it´s our job as citizens and is a sacred trust…, uh…..I wanna do this tonight wishing for the safety of our troops in Iraq and peace for the Iraqi people….in hope that here in the United States, may the truth will out ….(?) that a little funnier….pick up the Al Franken book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them….this is ´Land of Hope and Dreams´….”

21.09.03 Detroit, MI, intro to ‘Rosalita’
´´We´re not done, wait a minute….uh, a little end of the, end-of-the-summer, end-of-the-tour special right here…..oh baby, wherever you are…..come out tonight…..”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi

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