Story 2008-05-28 Manchester, England

28.05.08 Manchester, England, intro to “No Surrender”
“Good evening, glorious citizens of Manchester (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)…”

28.05.08 Manchester, England, intro to “Magic”
“Good evening! (crowd cheers) good evening, Mancunians, yes…you, you send your signs up and we´ll do some requests later, alright?…and congratulations on the big victory I heard all about (crowd cheers) yes…my son, I got an older son who´s 18, doesn´t watch baseball, doesn´t watch basketball, doesn´t watch football, watches soccer only (chuckles) and these are his boys right here in England…he was telling me all about it, getting me ready for showing up here on, on hallowed ground, you know…I guess beating Chelsea is like New Jersey beating New York, it feels real (chuckles)(crowd cheers) how sweet it is…anyway…oh…Patti sends her love, she´s, uh, at home making sure that the kids don´t burn down the house and all my favourite clothes don´t end up on eBay …anyway, here´s to the end of eight years of bad magic…”

28.05.08 Manchester, England, after “It´s Hard to Be a Saint in the City”
“We got you….”

28.05.08 Manchester, England, intro to “Livin´ in the Future”
“Woo!…how we doing? (crowd cheers) alright…alright…this is a song called “Livin´ in the Future”…but it´s about what´s happening now…now, back home…along with all the things that 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…fundamental civil liberties…no Habeas Corpus, that´s the right to defend yourself against the charges in court, these are all things that when I was a child were…you were told they were unimaginable, that they couldn´t happen in the place where you live…and this is a song about sleeping through…things that couldn´t happen but happened…help me tell the story, Max…”

28.05.08 Manchester, England, intro to “Mary´s Place”
“Alright, are you ready for a house party? (crowd cheers) are you ready for a house party (?)(crowd cheers) are you ready for a house party (?)(crowd cheers) just wave your hands…(?)…(music starts) oh yeah!…oh, it feels good now…good temperature…no rain!…(?)…”

28.05.08 Manchester, England, intro to “I´ll Work for Your Love”
“Do we have any lovers out there? (some cheers) come on, it´s raining out here, there´s gotta be more than that, do we have any lovers out there? (bigger cheer) if you´re in love, wave your hand! wave anything! (chuckles)…”

28.05.08 Manchester, England, intro to “Growin´ Up”
“Thank you…alright, this is for Brad…Brad!…are you Brad? the man with the headsets on…if so, nod your head…is that Brad?…it is… is this your sign?…your lucky number has just come in, my friend (chuckles) you, you´ll be the fine recipient of…how old are you? (?) more than two hands? six, alright, this one´s for you…
(…) There I was…at my first big rock concert…and my dad made me wear these big, freaky, red headsets…”

28.05.08 Manchester, England, middle of “American Land”
“Garry W.Tallent (crowd cheers) Little Steven Van Zandt (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) and the biggest man you´ve ever seen, Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) Manchester! (crowd cheers) Manchester! (crowd cheers) Manchester! (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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