Story 2008-03-17 Milwaukee, WI

17.03.08 Milwaukee, WI, intro to “No Surrender”
“Evening, fine citizens of Milwaukee! (crowd cheers) we´re so glad to be here in your beautiful city tonight, are you ready to be transformed? (crowd cheers) are you ready to be re-born? (crowd cheers) then all I wanna know is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

17.03.08 Milwaukee, WI, intro to “Radio Nowhere”
“Is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

17.03.08 Milwaukee, WI, intro to “Magic”
“Good evening to you (crowd cheers) happy St. Patty´s day (crowd cheers) oh yes, thank you very much for coming out tonight, thank you (crowd cheers) Patti, uh, Patti sends her love, she´s, uh, she´s at home, we have the three, full-fledged teenagers now so…they gotta be watched, they gotta be watched…as I left, the ecstasy was just about to take over so…she´ll take care of that, Patti´ll, Patti´ll …Danny sends out his best to everyone (crowd cheers) he sends his thanks for thinking about him and, uh…we´re hoping that we´re gonna get him out here a little bit, maybe on this tour at some point…oh, and here´s to the…to the end of, uh, eight ugly years of magic tricks…”

17.03.08 Milwaukee, WI, end of “It´s Hard to Be a Saint in the City”
“That almost got away from us!…”

17.03.08 Milwaukee, WI, intro to “Livin´ in the Future”
“Milwaukee! (crowd cheers) are we having fun yet? (crowd cheers) alright…this is a song called “Livin´ in the Future”…but it´s about what´s happening now…how along with all the things that we love about the place we come from and all the things we´re proud of… we´ve had to add to the American picture over the past eight years things like rendition and illegal wiretapping and the rolling-back of essential civil liberties…now you may think that either because of your color or your religion that these things don´t have a large effect on your life but it´s all an attack on our Constitution, which is an attack on our very selves as Americans (crowd cheers) and so the mighty E Street Band is here tonight to do something about it (crowd cheers) we´re gonna sing about it!…that´ll teach ´em… we´ll see where it goes…help me tell the story, Max…”

17.03.08 Milwaukee, WI, intro to “The Promised Land”
“We need a new wind blowing here, come on!…”

17.03.08 Milwaukee, WI, intro to “Cadillac Ranch”
“Wisconsin! (crowd cheers)…come on, Wisconsin (crowd cheers) let´s go!…
(…) driving alone through the [crowd: “Wisconsin night”]…”

17.03.08 Milwaukee, WI, intro to “Meeting Across the River” (following “Loose Ends”)
“Yes…a Stevie request (chuckles)…(laughs) thank you…I wanna thank everybody for coming out tonight (crowd cheers) thank you, Milwaukee…we´ve got some friends in the hall tonight, we´ve got folks from the Growing Power and Second Harvest, Growing Power inspires communities to build sustainable food systems, (?) and ecological (?) through urban community gardens, training programs, and our friends from the Second Harvest, (?) they distribute food to pantries and soup kitchens and homeless kitchens and for every dollar that you donate, Second Harvest can provide five meals so these are good folks out on the frontlines doing God´s work, if you can remember the Growing Power and Second Harvest…we have a real special treat tonight, back in, uh…´73 I was, uh, entranced by Van Morrison´s “Astral Weeks”-album and… that´s one if you haven´t heard it, it´s called “Astral Weeks” by Van Morrison, that´s, it´s one of the most beautiful records ever made…and the bass player on that record was, was just so mesmerizing and so powerful that I listened to it over and over again every night and I was lucky enough to have that bass player, a fellow named Richard Davis, he´s, he´s here tonight (crowd cheers) [Richard Davis joins Bruce onstage] we haven´t seen each other for 30 years (chuckles)…and he came up last night and said “Hey, where´ve you been?” (chuckles) but he played on “The Angel” on “Greetings,” he played on “New York City Serenade,” then he played on this song so I´m very pleased and, and honoured to have on our stage, one of the great, great, great, great, great, great bass players, Richard David (crowd cheers)…”

17.03.08 Milwaukee, WI, intro to “Ramrod”
“Is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) Steve, are you ready to roadhouse, baby?…
(…) Steve! (Steve: “Yeah, baby?”) I wanna know what time is it? (Steve: “what time is it?”) is it quitting time? (crowd: “No”)… (Steve: “No”) is it sleepy time? (crowd: “No”)(Steve: “I don´t think so”) is it sexy time? (crowd cheers)…(Steve: “Who knows”)…then what I wanna know, Stevie, just what time is it? (crowd “Bruuces”) (Steve: “What they´re trying to say is it´s Boss-time!”)…”

17.03.08 Milwaukee, WI, intro to “American Land”
“Alright, this is for Pat Riley…(…) Happy St. Patty´s Day! (crowd cheers) Mr. Garry W.Tallent (crowd cheers) Little Steven O´ Van Zandt (chuckles)(crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) the unstoppable Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) the incredible Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) in for Dan Federici, Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) the amazing Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) and the coolest thing you´ve ever seen: Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) Milwaukee! (crowd cheers) Milwaukee! (crowd cheers) Milwaukee! (crowd cheers) you´ve just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, earth-shocking, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, love-making, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary (crowd: “E Street Band”)…
(…) May the road always rise to meet you and the wind be at your back…”

17.03.08 Milwaukee, WI, after “American Land”
“We´ll be back in the summertime! (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi

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