Story 2003-10-03 New York City, NY

03.10.03 Flushing, NY, intro to ´Empty Sky´
´´Good evening….on this beautiful, brisk fall evening….it´s great to be here at Shea Stadium ….´´

03.10.03 Flushing, NY, intro to ´Waitin´ on a Sunny Day´
´´Alright, let´s get warm….come on, Steve….´´

03.10.03 Flushing, NY, middle of ´Mary´s Place´
´´Are you ready ?….are you ready ?….are you ready ?….are you ready ?….are you ready ? ….are you ready ?….are you ready for a rock and roll house party ? (cheers) are you ready for a rock and roll Long Island by way of New York City, by way of Jersey, by way of Queens house party ? (cheers)…. wanna introduce on our stage, Professor Roy Bittan on the piano….Sister Soozie Tyrell on the violin….(shakes hands with Steve) Steve Van Zandt on the guitar….(shakes hands with Garry) Mr.Garry W.Tallent on the bass….on the drums, the man that bring the power hour after hour, star of ´Late Night (crowd: ´Television´) Mighty Max Weinberg (shakes hands with Max)….on the guitar, Brother Nils Lofgren (shakes hands with Nils)….on the organ, Brother Dan Federici (shakes hands with Dan)….to the far side of the stage, natural Viagra, the First Lady of love, my sweetie baby honey child, Miss Patti Scialfa (pulls Patti into a kiss while shaking her hand).….last but not least….ladies and gentlemen, it´s time, it´s time, in 2004 we need a man in the White House that knows what he´s doing….we need a man that can get things straight, I’m talking about Big Man Al Franken (Al Franken appears on stage briefly)….sounds a little empty, it´d better be Big Man Clarence Clemons….oh Lord, ooh! we´re having fun now!….I want you to put your arms together (chuckles) put your ass together, put your hands together for the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, houserocking, brain-shocking, earthquaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, lovemaking, sexifying, death-defying, electrifying, legendary E Street Band, baby….did I mention legendary pants-dropping ?…(Clarence and Patti come over and say something to Bruce)….ain´t going home yet!….(crowd chants ´´E Street Band!´´) job security! ….listen (crowd: ´´Bruce!´´) that´s right, I am the Boss!….´´

03.10.03 Flushing, NY, intro to ´Into the Fire´
´´Tonight we got, uh….two seats out there in the house that unfortunately won´t be filled…. they belong to Jimmy and Yetta O´Shea from Holbrook, Long Island….Jimmy is the New York City firefighter that was killed last Saturday night fighting a fire in Queens and Yetta is his wife and she bought him these tickets for his 41st birthday and, uh….she sent a letter and asked us to remember him in our thoughts and in our prayers as a loving father, as a great husband, she said he was a good family man….so we´ll send this one out tonight to Jimmy O´Shea and Yetta, our thoughts and prayers are with you…..´´

03.10.03 Flushing, NY, intro to ´Janey Don´t You Lose Heart´
´´Thank you, thank you very much!….it´s the next to the last night, man, I….ah, we´ll talk about it later…´´

03.10.03 Flushing, NY, intro to ´Pink Cadillac´
´´Come on, Nils!….let us play what rarely gets played, go ahead, kid….play it, baby, play it, play it, man! (chuckles)….(?)….I feel it coming on….´´

03.10.03 Flushing, NY, intro to ´My City of Ruins´
´´Thank you very much….yes….thanks for coming out….I want to, uh, take the opportunity, I know a lot of you guys have been to some of the other shows we did on the tour and uh (cheers) I just wanna thank everybody for coming out, we had a best, the best year we ever had, really, had such a great time, I wanna thank you for that, thanks for the support of our music….and uh….oh….this is, uh, there´s some friends of ours tonight in the, in the room, folks from the Coalition for the Homeless, tonight in New York City 39,000 people will sleep in shelters, including 17,000 children, the Coalition for the Homeless offers a mobile soup kitchen, crisis intervention services, job training and other programs aimed at ending homelessness in New York, you´ll see them on the way out, please stop and give your time and your support for the folks from the Coalition for the Homeless, they´re out there on the frontline doing a good work….we´ll send this out to them….´´

03.10.03 Flushing, NY, intro to ´Born in the U.S.A´
´´Thank you, once again I wanna thank everybody for coming out….this is where I make my little public service announcement, we have people of all different kinds of political beliefs who come out to our shows and I like that and we, we welcome everybody….there´s been a lot of questions lately raised about the forthrightness of the government, I just wanted to say that playing with the truth during wartime has been a part of both Democratic and Republican administrations in the past and it´s always wrong when the lives of our sons and daughters are on the line….and the question of whether we were misled to the war in Iraq´s not really a Liberal or a Conservative question, it´s an American question that goes to the heart of protecting the democracy we ask our sons and our daughters to die for….it´s our sacred trust as citizens to demand accountability and the truth from our leaders….that´s the meaning of patriotism….it´s the American way so may the truth will out….if you wanna hear that done a lot funnier, pick up Al Franken´s book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them …´´

03.10.03 Flushing, NY, intro to ´Dancing in the Dark´
´´Guesting on ´Rosalita,´ Mr.Al Leiter….he says it´s the first time he´s ever sung but I don´t know if I believe him….the night was chilled, the moon was yellow….you look pretty comfortable there, you don´t look nervous (Al Leiter is standing between Soozie and Patti) the leaves came tumbling down….´´

03.10.03 Flushing, NY, intro to ´Twist and Shout´
´´Come on, Gary Bonds!….my old friend and inspiration, Mr.Gary U.S.Bonds is gonna help us out….and his lovely daughter….come on, Bondsie, let´s go….´´

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