Story 2003-09-25 Denver, CO

25.09.03 Denver, CO, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Evening, everyone…..thanks for joining us on this, uh….beautiful Denver night….I was a little nervous because I remembered the last time we played outside, it had snowed a few days before….it was about 36 degrees (chuckles)….so this is pretty nice, alright…..”

25.09.03 Denver, CO, 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 rock and roll baptism ? (cheers)….a rock and roll exorcism….a rock and roll bar mitzvah…..a rock and roll happy hour….I wanna introduce on our stage, on the piano, 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, 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….to the far side of the stage, the First Lady of love, on guitar and vocals, my sweetie baby honey child, Miss Patti Scialfa.….kisses on you, baby….and last but not least ….the Minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood…..the Emperor of Colorado….I wanna tell you it´s time, it´s time to impeach the President….and put somebody in there who knows what he´s doing….I´m talking about Clarence ´Big Man´ Clemons…..we gotta throw Dick Cheney on his ass !….it´s time !…..that´s right, ladies and gentlemen, I want you to put your hands together for the heartstopping, pants-dropping, brain-shocking, house-rocking, earth-shaking, Viagra-taking, lovemaking, legendary sexifiers, death-defiers, exorcisers, the history-making, pants-dropping, legendary E Street Band….legendary brain-shockers right there…..that´s right…..”

25.09.03 Denver, CO, intro to ´Across the Border´
´´There´s Freedom Ride going on right now across the United States….for rights for illegal immigrants, folks who come across the border, risk their lives, doing a lot of the work that we don´t wanna do…..they´re on their way to Washington right now….this is for Delores Huerta….the folks from United Farm Workers and the folks on the bus….”

25.09.03 Denver, CO, intro to ´Kitty´s Back´
´´Alright, we don´t play this one much but we´re gonna, uh…..we got a couple of signs for it over here…….we´ll give it a shot for these guys over here…..”

25.09.03 Denver, CO, intro to ‘My City of Ruins’
´´Thank you….thank you, we ain´t got but four nights left to rock now, I wanna thank you for coming out here….on our last stand….thank you, Denver….I wanna thank everybody for supporting our music over all these years and this past year, we appreciate it very much, thank you….oh, got some friends of ours from the Foodbank of the Rockies with us tonight
….Foodbank of the Rockies distributed more than 11 million pounds of food last year through Colorado and Wyoming….42 percent of those that they serve are children, if you see them on your way out, please support the Foodbank of the Rockies with your time or, uh…. or a donation, they´re out there on the frontlines doing a good work, they´re helping the struggling citizens of Colorado and Wyoming, Foodbank of the Rockies, this is for them….”

25.09.03 Denver, CO, intro to ´Land of Hope and Dreams´
´´Thank you, I want to, uh…..I wanna thank everybody once again for coming out tonight…. we´ve been coming out to Denver a long time and, uh, this has been a great place for us so …..we thank you for that….a short public service announcement : we got people of all different kinds of political beliefs who come out to our shows and we like that and we welcome everybody….a lot of questions recently about the forthrightness of the 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, it´s always wrong, especially when the lives of our sons and daughters are on the line…..I think, uh, the question of how we entered the war in Iraq´s not really a Liberal or a Conservative one but it is an American question that goes to the heart of protecting the democracy that we ask our sons and our daughters to die for….so demanding the truth and accountability from our leaders is our sacred trust and our job as citizens….so it´s a good time to be vigilant….may the truth will out….I´m gonna send this out for, uh…..the safe return of our troops in Iraq and peace for the Iraqi people….that whole thing said a little funnier you can find in Al Franken´s book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, this is ´Land of Hope and Dreams´….”

25.09.03 Denver, CO, intro to ´Rosalita´
´´I don´t think there´s enough oxygen to continue…´s a little thin up here (chuckles)…. special guest, Mr.Brendan O´Brien on guitar….Brendan produced The Rising (?) alright, Kid, you better know all these chords, you better know ´em…..alright, a little end-of-the-summer treat….until we meet again (chuckles)….”

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