Story 2007-12-12 Antwerp, Belgium

12.12.07 Antwerp, Belgium, intro to “Radio Nowhere”
“Guten Abend, Antwerpen (crowd cheers) bon soir! (crowd cheers) Antwerpen, is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

12.12.07 Antwerp, Belgium, intro to “Magic”
“Yes, guten Abend, bon soir! (crowd cheers)(speaks Flemish) (crowd cheers) je suis très content etre ici (crowd cheers) this is a song called “Magic”…back where we come from, over the past six years we´ve had the chance to sit back and watch the truth get twisted till it sounds like a lie and lies twisted till they sound like the truth and the wheel of history spin round and round and a great tragedy occur so…this song really isn´t about magic, it´s, uh, it´s about tricks…”

12.12.07 Antwerp, Belgium, intro to “Livin´ in the Future”
“Good evening, Antwerpen! (crowd cheers) ooh!…alright…how are you? how are you?…hello, how are you? alright, yeah, oh, sister, yeah, I see (?) that´s very nice…(?)…hello…this is a song called “Livin´ in the Future”…but it´s about what´s happening now…back where we come from…how along with all the things that we love about America and the place we live, we´ve had to deal with, over the past six years, adding to the American picture things like rendition and illegal wiretapping and the rolling-back of civil liberties, no Habeas Corpus - the right to defend yourself against charges brought against you in court – unnecessary wars, this is, uh…This is a song about sleeping through things, changes that you never see, thought you´d see happen at your home that have happened…and uh…so the mighty E Street Band is here to do something about it! (crowd cheers) we´re gonna sing about it… we´re musicians (chuckles) we´ll see what else we can get going… Max!…”

12.12.07 Antwerp, Belgium, intro to “Girls in Their Summer Clothes”
“Thank you and thank you for coming to our show tonight (crowd cheers) oh yes…oh, Patti is home with our three teenagers… someone must watch them or the house burns down (chuckles) she sends her best but uh…and her love, but, uh (speaks Flemish) (crowd cheers) et ce-ci est une chanson pour toutes les filles francophone (crowd cheers) let´s hear it, girls! (crowd cheers) come on, girls! (crowd cheers) come on, girls! (crowd cheers)…”

12.12.07 Antwerp, Belgium, intro to “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
“Come on, Roy (Roy starts the piano intro) oh, Merry Christmas from the E Street Band! (crowd cheers) I think I hear Santa Claus (Clarence: “Ho-ho-ho!”) I think I hear me some Santa Claus (Clarence: “Ho-ho-ho!”) it´s the Soul Santa Claus! (Clarence: “Ho-ho-ho!”) don´t tire yourself out, Santa (chuckles)…
(…)(Clarence: “Ho-ho-ho!”) Here comes Santa…do you believe in Santa Claus? (crowd cheers) do you believe in Santa Claus? (crowd cheers)…
(…) Merry Christmas from the E Street Band! (crowd cheers)…”

12.12.07 Antwerp, Belgium, intro to “Born to Run”
“This is for (Erin/Ian?)…”

12.12.07 Antwerp, Belgium, middle of “American Land”
“Garry Tallent (crowd cheers) Little Steven (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) the incredible Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano in for Dan Federici (crowd cheers) Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) and Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) Antwerpen! (crowd cheers) you´ve just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, earth-shocking, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, love-making, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary (crowd: “E Street Band”)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi

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