Story 2007-10-22 Chicago, IL

22.10.07 Chicago, IL, intro to “Radio Nowhere”
“Good evening, Chicago (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

22.10.07 Chicago, IL, intro to “Magic”
“Thank you, good evening, Chicago (crowd cheers) we are, we´re living in time when information gets so distorted that it´s easy to make the truth seem like a lie and a lie seem like the truth, this is the title song from our new record, it´s called “Magic”…it´s really not about magic, it´s about tricks…”

22.10.07 Chicago, IL, intro to “Livin´ in the Future”
“Good evening, Pittsburgh! (crowd cheers) I´m so glad to be in your beautiful city tonight (crowd cheers) alright, alright…this is a song called “Livin´ In The Future”…but it´s about what´s happening right now…it´s about how all along with all the things that we love about America and our home and where we come from …things like cheeseburgers, French fries, trans-fats, the Jersey (?) Shore, Wrigley Field (some cheers, some boos) U.S.Cellular (some cheers, mostly boos) I, I´m sorry, you don´t have to say (?), that´s all…U.S (chuckles)…but how along with all those things that we love about America and the place we come from, over the past six years we´ve had to add things like rendition, illegal wiretapping, the rolling-back of civil liberties, denial of Habeas Corpus, the loss of the right to defend yourself against charges in court…and you may think that because of the color of your skin or your circumstances or your religion, you may feel that these things don´t have much effect on you but all these things are an attack on our Constitution, which means they´re an attack on our very selves …and who we are and all our moral authority when we get to stand up in the world and say “We are the Americans”…so this is a song about sleeping through changes and things that shouldn´t have happened but have happened here…so tonight we´re gonna do something about it (crowd cheers) we´re gonna sing about it… we´re musicians (chuckles) but, uh, it´s a start, after that it´s up to us…Max!…”

22.10.07 Chicago, IL, intro to “The Promised Land”
“Let´s bring it home…”

22.10.07 Chicago, IL, intro to “Devil´s Arcade”
“This is for Tom*…”
[* Tom Brokaw]

22.10.07 Chicago, IL, intro to “Thunder Road”
“Thanks for coming out tonight, thank you (crowd cheers) oh yeah …alright, oh, let´s see…I tell you what…yeah?…how old are you?… how old are you?…how old are you? twelve? alright…got a lot of young folks up here tonight, that´s nice (crowd cheers)…we´re gonna play this for you, this is my, uh…my young man´s music…I need another guitar…(?) for the young folks…this´ll be a test for our memory, last time we played this was five years ago…we´d been playing it for 35 years before that so (chuckles) maybe it´ll balance out…(chuckles)…”

22.10.07 Chicago, IL, intro to “American Land”
“Gonna send this one out to our friends from the Greater Chicago Food Depository…they´re in the hall tonight, they´re out there on the frontlines doing God´s work, helping the struggling citizens of the Chicago area, please, on your way out, give them some support, check them out, the Greater Chicago Food Depository…
(…) Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) Little Steven Van Zandt (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) “Phantom” Dan Federici (crowd cheers) born in Chicago, Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) and Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) Chicago, you´ve just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, earth-shocking, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, love-making, educating, liberating, Viagra-taking, extremely invigorating, history-making, legendary (crowd: “E Street Band”)…”

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