Story 2008-03-24 Columbus, OH

24.03.08 Columbus, OH, intro to “The Ties That Bind”
“Good evening, fine citizens of Columbus! (crowd cheers) we´re so glad to be here in your beautiful city tonight on this campus of higher education (crowd cheers) all I wanna know is 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)…”

24.03.08 Columbus, OH, intro to “Radio Nowhere”
“Is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

24.03.08 Columbus, OH, intro to “Something in the Night”
“Good evening everybody!…good evening and welcome to the show (crowd cheers)…”

24.03.08 Columbus, OH, intro to “Livin´ in the Future”
“Columbus! (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…we´ve had to add to the American picture over the past eight years things like rendition and, uh… illegal wiretapping and…no right to Habeas Corpus, the rolling-back of civil liberties…and I think somebody´s looking into my passport (?) I don´t know who but somebody´s been doing that…but uh… now, because of your religion or the color of your skin or your circumstance, you may think that a lot of these things don´t have any immediate impact on your life but they´re all attacks on our Constitution, which means they´re an attack on our very selves as Americans…and so the mighty E Street Band is here tonight to do something about it! (crowd cheers) we´re gonna sing about it!… that´s gonna scare the shit out of them, that´s right…we´ll see where it goes…Max, help me tell the story, man…”

24.03.08 Columbus, OH, intro to “The Promised Land”
“There´s a new wind blowing out there, I pray…let´s bring it home…”

24.03.08 Columbus, OH, intro to “Sherry Darling”
“Alright, now we get to that moment you´ve all been waiting for, the song that you have voted for (no response) did anybody vote? (chuckles)(no response) somebody must have voted (chuckles)… we´re, uh, we´re a, uh, uh, semi-democracy, but it´s a benign dictatorship mostly (chuckles) alright, somebody voted for this bastard – oh, Stevie Van Zandt voted for it – are you ready, Steve?…”

24.03.08 Columbus, OH, at the end of “Sherry Darling”
“The people have spoken!…[picks up a sign saying “Incident – please…”]…”

24.03.08 Columbus, OH, intro to “Girls in Their Summer Clothes”
“Thank you very much, Columbus! (crowd cheers) thank you for coming out tonight! (crowd cheers) alright…oh Lord, we´ve got some friends in the house tonight, folks from the Children´s Hunger Alliance, Children´s Hunger Alliance is a state-wide organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Ohio, on any given day there´s more than half a, 500,000 kids are hungry, Children´s Hunger Alliance works…they expand, expand access to food, nutrition education, quality childcare, they work with legislators and policy makers to enact long-term solutions to hunger for children, please help the Children´s Hunger Alliance on your way out, they´re on the frontline doing God´s work…and this is for all the lovely, uh, Ohio girls (crowd cheers) come on girls, thrill me! (crowd cheers) that´s better…and one from New Jersey – Patti says “Hi!”…”

24.03.08 Columbus, OH, middle of “Glory Days”
“Hey Steve!…what time is it, baby?…I think it´s quitting time…oh yeah, it´s quitting time (crowd: “No!”) I´m going back to the hotel, gonna order up a cheeseburger…put on the, uh, adult channel…I think it´s sexy-time…what time is it, Steve?…(Steve: “Ohio-time is Boss-time!”)…”

24.03.08 Columbus, OH, intro to “American Land”
“We thank you for coming out to the show, don´t forget the Children´s Hunger Alliance!…
(…) 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) Charlie Giordano in for Dan Federici (crowd cheers) Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) and you wish you could be like him but you can´t: Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) Columbus! (crowd cheers) Columbus! (crowd cheers) Columbus! (crowd cheers) you´ve just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, hard-rocking, earth-shocking, booty-shaking, belly-quaking, love-making, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary (crowd: “E Street Band”)…”

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