Story 2007-10-02 Hartford, CT

02.10.07 Hartford, CT, intro to “The Ties That Bind”
“Good evening (crowd cheers) and so it begins (crowd cheers)…”

02.10.07 Hartford, CT, intro to “Magic”
“Good evening, Hartford (crowd cheers) woo!…a good night already …thank you…alright…it’s the, uh, first stop on our mystery train (crowd cheers) thanks for being with us…here’s the title song from our new record, it’s called “Magic” (crowd cheers) it’s a song I wrote about how we live sort of in this Orwellian moment when what’s true can be made to seem like a lie and what’s a lie can be made to seem true and we’ve got to live with some consequences over the past six years (?)(crowd cheers)…”

02.10.07 Hartford, CT, intro to “Livin’ in the Future”
“Alright, alright, how are we doing back here? (crowd cheers)(?)… I’m so glad to be here tonight (crowd cheers) I’m so glad to be in your beautiful city (crowd cheers) this is a song called “Livin’ in the future” but it’s about what’s happening right now…how along with all the things we love about America…cheeseburgers, French fries, (?) motorcycle engines, the Bill of Rights (crowd cheers) Steve Van Zandt on “The Sopranos” (crowd cheers) Big Man Clarence Clemons (crowd cheers) we’ve had to add to all those things that we love about America, we’ve had to add to the American picture: voter suppression, illegal wiretapping, rendition, black sites, an attack on the Constitution…these are all things that shouldn’t be happening here that are happening here and we plan to do something about it right now! (crowd cheers) we plan to sing about it (crowd cheers) come on, Max…”

02.10.07 Hartford, CT, intro to “Girls in Their Summer Clothes”
“It still feels a little bit like summer out there (crowd cheers)…”

02.10.07 Hartford, CT, intro to “Thundercrack”
“Alright, here’s a, uh…till about a week ago Max and Roy had never played this song with the E Street Band (?)…”

02.10.07 Hartford, CT, intro to “American Land”
“Oh, turn the lights on, let me see everybody…bring them up (?) all the way up (crowd cheers) hello!…thank you for being here for our first night (crowd cheers) also here tonight we have our friends from Hartford Food System, they started in 1978 and they’re one of the nation’s oldest grassroots organizations, if you see them on the way out, stop and give a hand to the Hartford Food System (crowd cheers) and remember this year, the coming around year is an important year, let your voice be heard…(?)…(the drum intro starts) …it’s your country, don’t let anybody take it from you…
(…) Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) Steve Van Zandt (crowd cheers) Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) Garry Tallent (crowd cheers) Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Dan Federici (crowd cheers) Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) Big Man Clarence Clemons (crowd cheers) the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, earth-shocking, heartbreaking, love-making, Viagra-taking, legendary (crowd: “E Street Band”)(crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi

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