Story 2009-04-26 Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

Middle of “Working on a Dream”
“Good evening, Atlanta (crowd cheers) I’m so glad to be here in your beautiful city tonight (crowd cheers) that’s right, that’s right…but we’re here tonight with a purpose…we’re here tonight to make good on our solemn vow to rock the house! (crowd cheers) but we’re also here tonight because in this room we’re gonna build a house tonight (crowd cheers) that’s right, bring CNN down because we’re gonna build a house right here in this room tonight (crowd cheers) we’re take fear and build a house of love…doubt and build a house of faith…despair and build a house of joy…sadness and build a house of happiness and hope (crowd cheers) we’re gonna take that cooling off and build a house of sexual healing (crowd cheers) that’s right…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 tonight…and we got all the tools we need right here on this stage and out in those seats tonight (crowd cheers) ‘cause we’re gonna build a house of music and spirit and noise…now…now the mighty E Street Band is gonna bring down all their power and bring the music…but we’re gonna need you to bring the noise (crowd cheers) come on, now sing it like you mean it…”

Intro to “Radio Nowhere”
“That’s right, woo!…alright, let’s bring the noise, tonight sitting on the drums we got 18-year-old son of Max Weinberg, Jay…let’s bring it, buddy…”

Intro to “96 Tears”
“This man thinks he can stump the band…let’s find out…you think we don’t know “96 fucking Tears?” (crowd cheers) the E Street Band, the greatest bar band in the land don’t know “96 Tears”? (crowd cheers) organ player, one, two, three [Charles starts the song wrong] wait, wait, wait, wait, wait – ba ba ba baa baa ba ba [Charles tries it out] we’re gonna know it in a minute if we don’t know it, alright (chuckles)[Charles figures out the intro] that’s it, that’s it [Charles plays a bit] I think it’s the right key…no, too low?…up till where? “A”?…let me hear in “A” [Charles plays] what about “C”? [Charles plays, Bruce sings to himself quietly] “C,” “C”! …”

Intro to “Jungleland”
“I saw a sign out there tonight, uh, give me a little lights up out there, somebody had a sign…”For the teenagers” – what’d it say? it’s right out over here somewhere…no, that ain’t it…it was right there…it was a request for this next song, said something “for the teenagers”…what’d you do, eat that thing? (chuckles)…was a, actually was a request for “Jungle” – that’s right, right over there?…”Atlanta, Atlanta’s” – there it is…alright, oh, I got it… ”Atlanta’s STEENagers (laughs) deserve Jungleland,” that’s what that said (crowd cheers) but it reminded me of…back around 1997 I came out of a pizza parlour in my hometown, Freehold (crowd cheers) and uh – woo!…the centre of the known universe, woo, that’s it (chuckles) and these two young guys came up to me and they said “Gee, we’re, we’re big fans, big fans of the, of the E Street Band and we’ve never seen them” – they were probably about eighteen or nineteen years old and uh…I drove off and I remember thinking “Yeah, those kids have never, have never seen my band, you know” and it was really something that made me, uh, it sort of was the, was the, was the seed that planted this whole last decade of activity that the band and I have done together (crowd cheers) and, uh, I look out here tonight and I see all these little folks and middle folks and old folks and teenagers and young, you know, and young, a lot of young people in the crowd (crowd cheers) and uh, one of the reasons we got back together was so you could hear this one (chuckles) (crowd cheers)…”

##030390|Intro to “Kingdom of Days” (following “Jungleland”)
“Thank you, thank you, that’s for all of you young folks out there (crowd cheers) I wanna send this one tonight out to Patti – Patti, uh, fell off her horse, uh, not the same horse that Madonna fell off of, this was a different horse…but she fell off of her horse and bruised herself up pretty badly about a week and a half ago and, uh, then I gave her whiplash driving her to the hospital so, so that made things worse, you know (chuckles) but, uh, she should be back shortly, I wanna send this one out to my love…”

Intro to “Hard Times”
“Thank you very much (crowd cheers) thank you for coming out to the show tonight (crowd cheers) thank you, thank you, thank you …this is, uh…I’ve had the opportunity to come to Atlanta quite a bit over the past decade (crowd cheers) we’ve made all our new records here…it’s been very enjoyable…and uh, I gotta thank Mr. Brendan O’Brien, who’s here tonight, for all (crowd cheers) putting his great talents to our service…we thank you, Sir…we also got some friends in the hall tonight from the Atlanta Community Foodbank (crowd cheers) they distribute almost two million pounds of food each month throughout metro-Atlanta and north Georgia… for the last thirty years the Foodbank’s supported local folks who are struggling or in need, from children and the elderly to the working poor people to, uh, as you know, if you pick up any newspaper you see millions of jobs lost over the past several years and hundreds of thousands of jobs lost this year, you know that there’s folks out there that the times have hit very hard and in times like these these are the organizations that are there as a safety net to make sure that folks don’t go to bed hungry and they have some support out there when they’re struggling (crowd cheers) the Atlanta Community Foodbank, those are the folks that are out on the frontline doing God’s work, we’re gonna send this one out to them, this is a song written by Stephen Foster in 1855 so it’s more things change the more they stay the same sometimes, this is called “Hard times come again no more”…”

Intro to “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
“This is for Big Mike, for Big Mike, baby, for you!…”

Intro to “American Land”
“I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight (crowd cheers) thank you, Atlanta – don’t forget the Atlanta Community Foodbank – Sister Soozie…
(…) Little Steven (crowd cheers) Curtis King (crowd cheers) Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) Jay Weinberg on the drums (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) Cindy Mizelle (crowd cheers) one of the greatest guitarists in the world, Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) and the biggest man you’ve ever seen: Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) Atlanta! (crowd cheers) Atlanta! (crowd cheers) Atlanta! (crowd cheers) Atlanta! (crowd cheers) Atlanta! (crowd cheers) Atlanta! (crowd cheers) Atlanta! (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”)(crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Detroit Medley”
“It ain’t over till it’s over…it ain’t over till it’s over, Atlanta…it ain’t over…”

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