Story 2008-08-02 Foxboro, MA
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02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, intro to “Summertime Blues”
“Hello, fair citizens of Massachusetts (crowd cheers)…”

02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, intro to “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
“I got a story to tell you…a New Jersey fairytale…”

02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, intro to “Tunnel of Love”
“I think a little rain agrees with you guys…”

02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, intro to “Little Latin Lupe Lu”
“Alright, let’s see what requests you got out there – give me a little beat there, Max…oh, what do we got down here?…ooh, alright…ah… that’s very nice, professionally done…very professional, alright… that’s a good one…give me that…alright, give me that one…hold on, hold on…what do we got down here?…(?)…keep that thing going, Max, I’m losing part of my sign – oh, it’s your wedding song, alright …alright…alright…that’s school stationery… alright…woo!…alright, we got a real unusual one – hold on…hold on…keep that thing going, Max…hold on…the band will not be ready for this one…oh, they will not be ready…no (laughs in a sort of evil way J)…oh, it’s been many, many years…we’re gonna test them now…we actually have the lyrics on the back – that, that’s appreciated (crowd cheers) I appreciate when they put the lyrics to something we haven’t played in a long time on the back…alright, let’s see what you got…key of “E”…ready?…”

02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, intro to “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?”
“(?)…alright, let’s see what we got (crowd cheers) ready, boys?…”

02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, intro to “Who'll Stop the Rain?”
“Oh yeah, we’ll pick some more out later…oh yeah…alright…this is for the coach*…he’s out there tonight…he didn’t bring a sign, though (chuckles)…”
[*Bill Belichick]

02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, intro to “Livin' in the Future”
“Alright…are we having fun yet? (crowd cheers) good…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 where we come from and…our home, 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 matter where you stand…these are things that are…they’re a direct attack on our Constitution and on ourselves as, as Americans…and uh…this is a song about sleeping through changes that when you were a little boy or a little girl your mom and pop told you “These are the things that don’t happen in the United States”…so help me tell the story, Max…”

02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, intro to “Mary's Place”
“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) let’s go…(the intro music starts)…come on, man… come on, Sooz…come on, baby…(does the “Are you ready?”-call-and-response with the audience)…Max!…that’s what I wanna know …I wanna know if you’re ready…because if you’re not ready, you can’t go…and if you can’t go, you can’t get there…and tonight I wanna go…but I need you to get me there (crowd cheers) because I can’t get there by myself (crowd cheers) I need you to get me there…oh, and I wanna take you there…oh, that’s right…tonight I wanna go down, I wanna go down to the river, to the river of life… and I wanna build me a house…and I wanna make me a life…I wanna go down to that river of love and I wanna build me a house …and I wanna make me some love…I wanna go down to that river of faith and I wanna build me a house…and I wanna find me some faith…I wanna go down to that river of hope and I wanna build me a house and I wanna make me some hope…I wanna go down to that river of joy and I wanna build me a house and I wanna make me some joy…I wanna go down to that river of happiness…and I wanna build me a house and I wanna make me some happiness… that’s right…but I can’t get there by myself…it’s like no matter…just like this show won’t matter…how hard the mighty E Street Band brings the power (crowd cheers) we can only take you so far…and then you’ve got to take us…the rest of the way…(?)…that’s right… and if we wanna make that joyful noise…we can make the music… but we need you to make the noise (crowd cheers) come on, come on (crowd cheers) that’s right, that’s right…so that’s why all I wanna know is…Max…all I wanna know is…(does the “Are you ready?”-call-and-response with the audience) Max!…so let me tell you my story…let me tell you my story…let me tell you my story…”

02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, intro to “I'm Goin' Down”
“Thank you for coming out to the show tonight (crowd cheers) thank you so much (crowd cheers) I’m sorry about all the delay, we were dodging lightning bolts coming up here for an hour and a half but we appreciate your patience (?) the hassle and uh…I wanna just mention we got some friends in the hall tonight, folks from the Farm School, at the Farm School they carry deep-rooted farm traditions, hard work, community and carry the lives of thousands of children and adults each year, they give them practical hands-on experience working the land, this is the stuff of life, we need a generation coming up with both the passion and knowledge of care for the land that feeds us, please if you get a chance to see folks on the way out, the Farm School can use your support, thank you (crowd cheers) yes…alright…we have here the rarely played and even more rarely requested (chuckles)(crowd cheers) one, two, give me some slap, Monty…”

02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, intro to “Jungleland”
“Professore (crowd cheers) happy birthday…”

02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, middle of “Glory Days”
“I think it’s going home time now (Steve: “Say it ain’t so”) I think it’s going home time (Steve: “Say it ain’t so”) it’s quitting time (Steve: “Oh no”)…it’s sexy time (?)…Steve, is it Boston time? (crowd cheers) or is it…(Steve: “It’s Boss-time!”)…”

02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, intro to “American Land”
“I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight (crowd cheers)…do we have any Irishmen out there? (crowd cheers)…”
(…) Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) the beautiful Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) (?) Little Steven (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) the unstoppable Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) the brilliant Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano on the keyboards (crowd cheers) Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) and the biggest man you’ve ever seen: Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) Boston! (crowd cheers) Massachusetts! (crowd cheers) Rhode Island! (crowd cheers) Connecticut! (crowd cheers) wherever the fuck we are! (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”)…”

02.08.08 Foxboro, MA, intro to “Rosalita”
“(crowd cheers)(?)…you’ve had it! (crowd cheers) I still got it, I got it (crowd cheers) you don’t have it (?)(crowd cheers) I don’t wanna hurt you (crowd cheers) I still got it (crowd cheers) no, I don’t think so (crowd cheers) let me hear it (crowd cheers) let me hear it (crowd cheers) I can’t hear it (crowd cheers) Steve! (crowd cheers) alright, one last fairytale from New Jersey before we go…”

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