Story 2007-12-15 Belfast, Ireland

15.12.07 Belfast, Northern Ireland, intro to “Radio Nowhere”
“Hello, Belfast (crowd cheers) hello, Ireland (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

15.12.07 Belfast, Northern Ireland, intro to “Magic”
“Good evening, evening, Belfast (crowd cheers) it´s good to be in Northern Ireland (crowd cheers) I like the new ferris wheel too * (crowd cheers) a town with a ferris wheel – it´s, uh, it´s a good thing (chuckles)…this is called “Magic,” this is the title song of our last LP…this is a song about living in the past six years where, back home, we´ve seen the truth get twisted till it sounds like a lie and lies twisted till they sound like the truth, the wheel of history is spinning round and round…so, uh, this is really – I tell the folks every night – this isn´t really about magic, this is about tricks…”
[* the Belfast Wheel at City Hall]

15.12.07 Belfast, Northern Ireland, intro to “Livin´ in the Future”
“Woo!…good evening, Belfast! (crowd cheers) we´re so glad to be here in your beautiful city tonight! (crowd cheers)…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 where we, in our home, 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 civil liberties, no Habeas Corpus - the right to defend yourself against charges in court - this is a song about sleeping through changes that you never thought you´d see happen in your home but that have happened…but the mighty E Street Band is here to do something about it! (crowd cheers) we´re gonna sing about it… we´re musicians…we´ll see where that takes us (chuckles) Max!…”

15.12.07 Belfast, Northern Ireland, intro to “I´ll Work for Your Love” (following “The River”)
“I wanna dedicate that one to my brother-in-law, he´s here tonight, he was the inspiration for that song, that´s right (chuckles) (crowd cheers)(?)…do we have any Irish lovers out there? (crowd cheers) bring the lights up, come on, let me see (crowd cheers) do we have any lovers out there? over there?…really? tonight? oh, alright, let´s hear it for them (crowd cheers) alright…God bless, good fortune, good luck, this one´s for you…”
[* there was a couple in the front who had come to the show straight from their own wedding]

15.12.07 Belfast, Northern Ireland, intro to “Girls in their Summer Clothes”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) thank you for coming out to the show tonight (crowd cheers) oh, we´re gonna do this one for all the Irish lasses (crowd cheers) let´s hear you, girls (crowd cheers) and one special one in New Jersey…Patti sends her love…we have three teenagers now so somebody´s gotta make sure the house don´t burn down…”

15.12.07 Belfast, Northern Ireland, middle of “American Land”
“Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) Little Steven (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) in for Danny Federici, Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) and Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) Belfast! (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”)…”

15.12.07 Belfast, Northern Ireland, intro to “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
“Alright…do you believe in Santa Claus? (crowd cheers)…
(…) He is almost here…do you believe in Santa Claus? (crowd cheers) do you believe in Santa Claus? (crowd cheers) I think I see him, C…I think, I think (?)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi

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