Story 2008-04-23 Orlando, FL

23.04.08 Orlando, FLA, before the video montage of Danny
“Good evening, Orlando (crowd cheers) this is something in remembrance of Danny…”

23.04.08 Orlando, FLA, intro to “Radio Nowhere”
“Is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

23.04.08 Orlando, FLA, intro to “Spirit in the Night”
“Alright, this one´s for Dan (crowd cheers)…”

23.04.08 Orlando, FLA, intro to “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?”
“Thank you…alright, good evening, everybody (crowd cheers) thank you for coming out, I hope we didn´t inconvenience you by switching the nights around, I appreciate…I appreciate that…we wanna thank you for all the prayers and condolences that you sent to us for Dan…alright, I´m gonna test the band´s memory right now (crowd cheers) I hope you remember the beginning (chuckles) we´re gonna do this one for you, we did “Growin´ Up” last night so tonight we´ll do, uh, this for the birthday girl over there, alright? is that you? alright (chuckles)…remember, C? (giggles) ready, Max?…”

23.04.08 Orlando, FLA, intro to “Livin´ in the Future”
“Woo! (crowd cheers)…it´s slippery up here…Orlando! (crowd cheers) I´m going to Disneyland, baby! (crowd cheers) that´s right…are we having any fun yet? (crowd cheers) that´s good, that´s good…this is called ´Livin´ in the Future´ but it´s about what´s happening now…how along with all the things that we love about where we come from and the place we call “home”…we´ve had to add in the past eight years to the American picture things like rendition and illegal wiretapping and the rolling-back of civil liberties…the loss of the right to Habeas Corpus, these are, these are all things that because of your color or your…or your circumstance or your religion, you may think don´t have a lot to do with you, they may not have any immediate impact on your life but …but they´re all really an attack on our Constitution, which means they´re an attack on ourselves as Americans and who we are…so this is a song about sleeping through changes that, when I was, when I was a kid, your folks always told you these things happen someplace else but not here…but the mighty E Street Band (crowd cheers) is ready to do something about it (crowd cheers) we´re gonna sing about it…that´s right, that´s gonna scare ´em…what we got there…we´ll see where that gets (?)…so here´s to the end of eight years of bad magic (crowd cheers) help me tell the story, Max…”

23.04.08 Orlando, FLA, intro to “The Promised Land”
“I see a change is gonna come…”

23.04.08 Orlando, FLA, intro to “Fire”
“Alright…well…we do this thing where I guess some of you might have taken part where, you know, you voted on the radio for the song you wanna hear? (no response) this is what puzzles me ´cause everytime I mention this, everybody goes ´Huh? Huh? I didn´t vote´ - somebody did…this was, uh, this was, this was a management idea, I think…but, anyway, I´ve written a lot of songs, pretty good ones, but for some reason this is the one everybody wants to hear tonight…now, I wrote this song in about five minutes with the idea that I was gonna give to Elvis Presley back in 1976…so it´s the old story, I went to Memphis, Steve and I were playing and, you know, we went out in the middle of the night, we went out to Graceland and, uh, I tried to get into Elvis´ house so…not something I would suggest, don´t do it at my house, alright? (chuckles) but, so, anyway, we didn´t get in, a long story short, so I met a fellow named Robert Gordon, who was originally in a band called the Tuff Darts, played at CBGB´s, they had, they made one fabulous song called “It´s All for the Love of Rock´n´Roll,” go home on your…on your damn thing and, uh (chuckles) I don´t know if it´s on there but, but “All for the Love of Rock´n´Roll” by the Tuff Darts was a great, great song…but, anyway, he had a rockabilly band so I gave this song to him and he cut it and then the Pointer Sisters cut it (some cheers) and they had a big hit with it, a big smash with it…and, uh, then about three years ago Babyface Edmonds cut it and he cut the best version of all…if you can find the Babyface version of this song, it is the best version of this song that I´ve ever heard, when I heard it, I was so sure that this thing was gonna be a hit, I like ran out and bought a new car and, uh (laughter from the crowd) but then it didn´t go anywhere, it was just the cruel vicissitudes of pop culture, you know, but it should´ve, should´ve been a huge smash, I should´ve been sitting on the beach in my new car parked at the curb but, anyway…anyway, here we go, alright, people have spoken…”

23.04.08 Orlando, FLA, intro to “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
“Thank you…I wanna thank everybody for coming out tonight, thank you so much (crowd cheers) thank you for coming back, thank you (crowd cheers) we got the Second Harvest Foodbank of Central Florida, friends of ours in the hall tonight, the Second Harvest Foodbank provides millions of pounds of food every year for hungry children, senior citizens and the working poor that are struggling to get by, on your way out, these are good folks out on the frontlines doing God´s work, please give a hand to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Central Florida (crowd cheers) we have a special guest with us tonight, somebody whose music we really grew up on and who´s been a tremendous influence in my music, this is the guy that kind of single-handedly invented Country Rock, invented jangling guitars (chuckles) Folk Rock and, uh, just, uh, Space Rock too, absolutely! (chuckles) and he´s so much incredible, beautiful, beautiful music, we´re honoured to have on our stage, from the Byrds, Mr. Roger McGuinn (crowd cheers) [Roger McGuinn joins the band onstage]…”

23.04.08 Orlando, FLA, intro to “Jungleland” (following “Mr. Tambourine Man”)
“Roger McGuinn! (crowd cheers) oh yes…oh, man…when I was 15, in my little room, I had my little box stereo and I played that first Byrds album, oh, 200 times in the dark night after night after night, that’s, uh, that´s some of the most beautiful music ever written in pop music (crowd cheers) and sung…alright, give me, man, give me that thing…so first we got…thank you to my friend down there (crowd cheers) now this part´s funny ´cause you don´t look a day over about ten or twelve, my friend, and I take your word for it (crowd cheers)…”

23.04.08 Orlando, FLA, intro to “American Land”
“Thank you for coming out to the show tonight! (crowd cheers) we love you, Florida!…
(…) Garry W.Tallent (crowd cheers) Little Steven on the guitar (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) the mighty, mighty Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) the man who saved you on this tour, Mr. 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) Orlando! (crowd cheers) Orlando! (crowd cheers) Florida! (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´)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi

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