Story 2009-04-16 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA

Middle of “Working on a Dream”
“Good evening, Los Angeles (crowd cheers) I’m so glad to be here in your beautiful city tonight (crowd cheers) we’re so glad to be here in the fabulous Sports Arena (crowd cheers) the house that rock built, the joint that don’t disappoint (crowd cheers) the dump that jumps, that’s right…and we’re here tonight with a purpose… and that purpose is two-fold, one: we’re gonna rock the house, y’all (crowd cheers) two: we’re gonna build a house in this room tonight …that’s right, right here in this room we’re gonna build a house… we’re gonna take fear and build a house of love (crowd cheers) sadness and build a house of joy (crowd cheers) doubt and build a house of faith (crowd cheers) that’s right…and we got all the tools we need right here on stage (crowd cheers) and in those seats out there (crowd cheers) we’re gonna use the bad wood and we’re gonna use the good wood, we’re gonna use the bad news and we’re gonna use the good news…and we’re gonna build a house out of music and spirit and noise (crowd cheers) now the mighty E Street Band is here to bring down the power of the music (crowd cheers) but we need you to make the noise (crowd cheers) now sing it like you mean it…”

Intro to “Raise Your Hand”
“Let me see your hands!…”

Towards the end of “Raise Your Hand”
“You wanna try and stump the band, huh?…”

Intro to “Proud Mary”
“Key of “D,” starts in “C”…”

Intro to “Growin’ Up”
“This is for my man…alright, who is that guy? [Bruce takes a sign that has his high school picture on it and says “Play “Growin’ Up” for this guy”]…got the baby Boss, baby Boss right there…this is for you, brother…”

Intro to “Hungry Heart”
“Here’s for Chris if he’s out there…”

Intro to “Backstreets”
“This is for Karen…”

Intro to “Bad Luck”
“Thank you, thank you (crowd cheers) I always like to, uh, get here to Southern California, it’s the home of some of my favourite musicians (crowd cheers) tonight I got a friend of mine, I’ve been a big fan of his for a long, long time…great Southern California punk band called Social Distortion (crowd cheers) we’ve got Mike Ness, he’s gonna come up and join us (?) come on, Mike (crowd cheers) …here’s one of my favourites he’s gonna do…”

After “Born to Run”
“This is Jay Weinberg, Max’s son (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Hard Times”
“Thank you, L.A (crowd cheers) thank you for two great nights here in…the fabulous Sports Arena (crowd cheers) the joint that don’t disappoint, the dump that jumps, that’s right…oh yeah, that was Jay Weinberg, that’s Max’s son, uh (crowd cheers) Max has got a few shows he’s gonna miss on this tour so Jay’s gonna sit in with the E Street Band when that happens…yes…a chip off the block…oh my Lord, alright…we have some friends in the house tonight, folks from the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank…they’ve been serving the hungry here in Los Angeles County since 1973, their programs get food to those who need ‘em the most, ensuring that children, seniors and working families have access to nutritious food, the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank (crowd cheers) I don’t have to tell you what’s, what’s happening out there, if you pick up the newspapers, you see millions of jobs lost since 2007, you see hundreds of thousand jobs lost just over the past several months and, uh, there are many, many people who are…who these organizations, these grassroots organizations is their only safety net, kids going to bed with some food in their stomach or going to bed hungry, these folks are out on the frontlines doing God’s work at a time of great national turmoil and trouble (crowd cheers) please, if you can, support the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, this is a song by Stephen Foster, written in 1855, “Hard Times Come Again No More”…”

Intro to “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
“(Crowd starts singing the intro part)…Is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) let’s go, L.A, come on (crowd keeps singing)…”

Intro to “Land of Hope and Dreams”
“This is “Land of Hope and Dreams”…gonna send this one out to Pats tonight…”

Intro to “American Land”
“Thank you for coming out tonight (crowd cheers) thank you, L.A, for two great shows (crowd cheers) remember the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank…Sister Soozie!…
(…) Little Steven(crowd cheers) Curtis King (crowd cheers) Garry Tallent (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) the great Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) Cindy Mizelle (crowd cheers) and the biggest man you’ve ever seen: Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) Los Angeles! (crowd cheers) Los Angeles! (crowd cheers) Los Angeles! (crowd cheers) Los Angeles! (crowd cheers) you’ve just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, hard-rocking, earth-shocking, booty-quaking, love-making, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary (crowd: “E Street Band”)…”

Intro to “Glory Days”
“Woo!…one more time…let’s take it home…
(…) Sing it, Little Stevie, sing it (Steve: “Ooh yeah!”) Steve (Steve: “Yeah, baby?”) I think it’s quitting time, man (Steve: “Oh no”) it’s going home time (Steve: “Say it ain’t so”) I wanna get a cheeseburger and put on my pyjammies…(Steve: “That sounds good”) it’s quitting time, kid (Steve: “No, no, no it’s not”) is it sexy time?…(Steve: “Oh no”) Well, Steven, what I wanna know is…what I really wanna know is…what time is it? (crowd cheers)(Steve: “It’s Boss-time”)…”

After “Glory Days”
“Thank you, Los Angeles (crowd cheers) thank you, Southern California (crowd cheers) thanks, Mike Ness, Jason Weinberg (crowd cheers) we love you, thanks for giving us two great nights – we’ll be seeing you (crowd cheers) goodnight, everybody (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi.
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