Story 2008-04-13 Dallas, TX

13.04.08 Dallas, TX, intro to “Radio Nowhere”
“Is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

13.04.08 Dallas, TX, intro to “Magic”
“Good evening there (crowd cheers) how are we in Dallas? (crowd cheers) it´s good to be back in Texas (crowd cheers) it´s just a much, much, much bigger New Jersey, you see, that´s why… alright, Patti sends her love…we have the, uh, we have the three teenagers so it gives a whole new meaning to “homeland security,” my friends…as I was leaving, the, uh, black helicopters were dropping kegs of beer to my backyard…the pot cookies were coming out of the oven…and all my favourite clothes were up on eBay…Patti´ll take care of that, she´ll get it all back! (chuckles)… Danny sends his best and thanks you for his love (crowd cheers) this is something, uh, this is kind of our…here´s to the end of eight years of real bad magic…”

13.04.08 Dallas, TX, intro to “Livin´ in the Future”
“Good evening, Dallas! (crowd cheers) we´re so glad to be here in your beautiful city tonight…are we having fun yet? (crowd cheers) Elvis is alive, Elvis is alive…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 so much about our home and where we come from and all the things that we´re so deeply proud of, we´ve had to the American picture over the last eight years things like rendition and illegal wiretapping and the rolling-back of civil liberties…and you may think because of the color of your skin or your religion or your circumstance that these things don´t have much of an effect on your life but they´re all an attack on our Constitution, which means they´re an attack on our selves as Americans (crowd cheers) so this is a song about sleeping through changes that, when I was a little kid, people told you only happen someplace else…but the mighty E Street Band is here tonight to do something about it! (crowd cheers) we´re gonna sing about it! (crowd cheers) that´s right…they´re scared, they´re real scared tonight…we´ll see where that gets (chuckles) help me tell the story, Max…”

13.04.08 Dallas, TX, intro to “The Promised Land”
“(?) a new wind blowing, let´s bring it home, boys…”

13.04.08 Dallas, TX, intro to “Girls in Their Summer Clothes”
“This is for all the Texas girls! (crowd cheers) let me hear you, girls! (crowd cheers) come on, girls! (crowd cheers)(?)…”

13.04.08 Dallas, TX, intro to “Independence Day”
“(?)…we got, uh, there´s a wild bunch right over here…alright, we got, uh, we got an average age here of about…ten? eight?…where you, where you, where you from, where you from? (a girl yells)… are you all friends?…wait, wait, wait, I can´t hear a damn thing, wait a minute…who brought, who brought all you guys here?…who did they come with?…oh, you came, all of them?…oh my God…did you ever hear of a song called “Born to Run”? (crowd cheers) (chuckles) I don´t know, oh my God (chuckles) alright, we´ll play something for you later, where you all from?…Ft.Worth…are they all like classmates or friends or?…if you can´t see this, it´s hard to explain what´s going on (chuckles) it´s like an entire, I don´t know, grammar school class…all dressed up (?) you guys all look great…alright…this is, uh…alright, the first time on this tour, this one´s for Dallas (crowd cheers)…”

13.04.08 Dallas, TX, intro to “Meeting Across the River”
“Thank you, Dallas! (crowd cheers) woo!…alright…we´ve got the folks, some friends of ours from the North Texas Foodbank in the hall tonight…they supply food to 13 area counties, last year they distributed over 32 million pounds of food to the struggling citizens in and around the Dallas area, each dollar donation they receive allows them to distribute over ten dollars´ worth of food to struggling families, that´s the North Texas Foodbank (crowd cheers) help out your fellow Texans…oh…oh yeah (?)…Max´s 57th birthday today (crowd cheers) here´s the birthday boy (crowd cheers) take a bow, Max (crowd cheers) the unstoppable Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) that´s right…alright…oh Lord, alright, gonna send this out to Jon, Johnny, this is for you tonight…”

13.04.08 Dallas, TX, intro to “Glory Days”
“Gonna bring out my (?) Jon Bon Jovi (?)…”

13.04.08 Dallas, TX, intro to “American Land” (following “Dancing in the Dark”
“Thank you, Dallas! (crowd cheers) thank you, E Street Dancers [there were 17 people, including the little girls Bruce addressed before “Independence Day” up from the crowd dancing onstage during “Dancing in the Dark”]…
(…) Garry W.Tallent (crowd cheers) Little Steven (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) the birthday boy, Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano in for Dan Federici (crowd cheers) the great Nils Lofgren on the guitar (crowd cheers) and you wish you could be like him but you can´t, Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) Dallas! (crowd cheers) Dallas! (crowd cheers) Dallas! (crowd cheers) Texas! (crowd cheers) Texas! (crowd cheers) Texas! (crowd cheers) you´ve just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, hard-rocking, earth-shocking, booty-shaking, love-making, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary (crowd: “E Street Band”)…”

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