Story 2007-10-25 Oakland, CA

25.10.07 Oakland, CA, intro to “Radio Nowhere”
“Oakland! (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

25.10.07 Oakland, CA, intro to “Magic”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) thank you and good evening, Oakland (crowd cheers) San Francisco…Bay Area…thank you for coming out tonight (crowd cheers) to the Oakland Coliseum…that´s what this used to be, right? (crowd cheers) now it´s like Hooter´s or something, I´m not sure…I´m not sure what they´re calling it now (chuckles) Hooters Auditorium…here´s the title song from our, our new record…and, uh…the song sort of refers to how we live in a moment when things that are true can be twisted into lies and sold to people and things that are lies are seen easily turned into the truth and sold to people…in a way that it was hard to imagine…not too far back…this isn´t really a song about magic, it´s a song about tricks…”

25.10.07 Oakland, CA, intro to “Livin´ In The Future”
“Good evening, Oakland (crowd cheers) we´re so glad to be here in your city tonight (crowd cheers) that´s right, hello, Sir…that´s right, hello, ma´am, how you doing?…what do you got, kid?…oh, my wife´s hairspray, yes, I use that every night before I go out (chuckles) oh yeah…this is a song called ´Livin´ In The Future´… but it´s about what´s happening now….it´s about how along with all the things that we love about America and our home and where we come from…we come from the Jersey Shore, we love the Jersey Shore hot dogs (crowd cheers) I guess (?) the Bill of Rights (crowd cheers) sour dough bread, I guess, out here, right?…the Golden Gate Bridge (crowd cheers) Alcatraz, that´s it (crowd cheers) how along with all those things that we love about the place we come from…over the past six years we´ve had to add to the American picture things like rendition and illegal wiretapping and the rolling-back of our civil liberties, no Habeas Corpus, the right to defend yourself against charges brought upon you…and because of the color of your skin or your circumstances or your religion, you may feel that these things don´t have a big effect on your life but all these things are an attack on our Constitution, which means that they´re an attack on our very selves (crowd cheers) and, uh…this is a song about sleeping through changes that you never thought you´d see happen here that have happened here…so tonight we´re gonna do something about it (crowd cheers) we´re gonna sing about it….that´s a start (chuckles) the rest is up to us, I guess…
alright, Max, you ready?…”

25.10.07 Oakland, CA, intro to “The Promised Land”
“Let´s bring it home…”

25.10.07 Oakland, CA, intro to “Town Called Heartbreak”
“Let´s let the women sing one…”

25.10.07 Oakland, CA, intro to “Backstreets” (following “Town Called Heartbreak”)
“Miss Patti (crowd cheers)(chuckles) yes, that´s, uh, she´s got a new record out, I´m gonna hype it right now, she´s got a record out, it´s on sale at the concession stand along with some very lovely t-shirts and, uh, some fabulous, a new line of E Street Band sex toys, that´s right (crowd cheers) that´s right, all the things that all of us use in the comfort and privacy of our own home and now on sale for you at the concession stands (chuckles) thank you, baby, come on, Roy…”

25.10.07 Oakland, CA, intro to “Girls In Their Summer Clothes”
“(?) thank you…I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight, thank you so much (crowd cheers) alright, gonna send this one out to our folkd from the Oakland, California People´s Grocery, they´re in the hall with us tonight…they´re building an independent food system, a local knowledge base, they provide jobs and nutrition education for young people here in Oakland, they give people the tools to control their own food supply and they help the community become economically self-reliant, please assist the Oakland California People´s Grocery, they´re with us tonight, they´re good folks out on the frontline doing God´s work…I´ll send this one out to them…I wish they all could be California girls (crowd cheers)…”

25.10.07 Oakland, CA, middle of “American Land”
“Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) Steve Van Zandt (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Dan Federici (crowd cheers) Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) Oakland, you´ve just witnessed the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, earth-shocking, hard-rocking, chart-topping, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, love-making, educating, liberating, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary (crowd: “E Street Band”)…”

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