Story 2007-10-17 New York City, NY

17.10.07 New York City, NY, intro to “Radio Nowhere”
“Good evening, New York City (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

17.10.07 New York City, NY, intro to “Magic”
“Good evening, New York City (crowd cheers) thank you, thank you, thank you for coming out tonight (crowd cheers)…here’s the title song from our new record…it’s, uh…I wrote it about us being in …Orwellian times…probably would have surprised George Orwell… where what’s true can be made to seem like a lie and what’s a lie can be made to seem true so, uh, this is a song not really about magic, it’s about tricks…”

17.10.07 New York City, NY, intro to “Livin’ in the Future”
“Good evening, everybody (crowd cheers) I’m so glad to be in your beautiful city tonight (crowd cheers) that’s right…this is a song called “Livin’ in the Future” but it’s about what’s happening now… how along with…all the things we love about America like cheeseburgers, the Jersey Shore (crowd cheers) the Bill of Rights, the Constitution (crowd cheers) New York City (louder cheers from the crowd) the Statue of Liberty (crowd cheers) which is technically in New Jersey (?)…football, the New York Giants and the Jets (crowd cheers) they technically play in New Jersey, though…that theme song “New York, New York” (some cheers) sung by a guy from New Jersey (crowd cheers) Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) it’s about how along with all the things that we love about our home and about who we are, over the past six years unfortunately we’ve had to add to the American picture: rendition, illegal wiretapping, rolling-back of Civil Rights, no Habeas Corpus or right to defend yourself against charges brought against you…these are things that are not only attacks on our Constitution but are attacks on who we are…on our very selves, on our moral authority and our pride when we get to stand up and say “We are the Americans” (crowd cheers) so this is a song about sleeping through all those changes that shouldn’t have happened but have happened here…so tonight we’re gonna try and do something about it…we’re gonna sing about it…that’s a start (chuckles) and the rest is up to us, I guess…come on, Max…”

17.10.07 New York City, NY, intro to “Backstreets” (following “Brilliant Disguise”)
“Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) that’s right…she’s got a new record out…it’s on sale at the concession stand along with some t-shirts…and a whole new line of E Street Band sex toys (crowd cheers) that’s right…what we use, you can now use in the comfort of your own home…get out there and check it out – it’s hot!…”

17.10.07 New York City, NY, intro to “Girls in Their Summer Clothes”
“Thank you…I see the, uh, (?) stock just plummeting right there, that’s…thanks, gonna send this one out…ooh!…wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight, thank you very much (crowd cheers) thank you, New York City (crowd cheers) yes, yes, you were good neighbors (chuckles) I want to, uh, send this one out the folks tonight from World Hunger Year and the New York City Coalition Against Hunger…they’re friends we’ve worked with for a long time, they’ll be out there in the lobby, they’re in the frontlines doing God’s work…so please help out World Hunger Year and the New York Coalition for the Homeless…oh…alright…I wish they all could be New York City girls (crowd cheers)…”

17.10.07 New York City, NY, intro to “Thundercrack”
“Yeah, very well done, very well done, good singing, New Yorkers (crowd cheers) alright, this was our, this was our show-closer when we first played Max’s Kansas City (crowd cheers) it was a 150-seat room, uh, it was us and the Wailers (chuckles) that was a good bill (chuckles)…”

17.10.07 New York City, NY, middle of “American Land”
“Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) Steve “Silvio” Van Zandt (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Danny Federici (crowd cheers) Mr. Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) and Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) New York City! (crowd cheers) you’ve just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, earth-shocking, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, love-making, educating, liberating, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary (crowd: “E Street Band!”) that’s right!…”

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi

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