Story 2009-04-28 Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

Intro to “Badlands”
“Hello, Philadelphia (crowd cheers)…”

Middle of “Working on a Dream”
“Good evening, Philadelphia (crowd cheers) we’re so glad to be here in your beautiful city tonight (crowd cheers) we’re so glad to be here at the Spectrum (crowd cheers) that’s right, this is a house of rock! (crowd cheers) this is our, somebody told me, 31st time we’ve played here (crowd cheers) I think this was the first arena we ever played (crowd cheers) we’ve had many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many great nights here…and so tonight we plan to fulfil our solemn vow to rock the Spectrum one more time! (crowd cheers) and not are we, not are we only gonna rock the house tonight…we’re gonna build a house in this room tonight (crowd cheers) that’s right, and they’ll tear it down but we’re gonna be here tonight building it up (crowd cheers) we’re gonna take fear and build a house of love (crowd cheers) we’re gonna take doubt and build a house of faith (crowd cheers) we’re gonna take despair and build a house of hope (crowd cheers) we’re gonna take sadness and build a house of joy (crowd cheers) we’re gonna take that cooling off and build a house of sexual healing (crowd cheers) that’s right, and we got all the tools that we need right here on stage and in those seats tonight (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 that’s out there tonight… and we’re gonna build a house out of music and spirit and noise… now the mighty E Street Band is here tonight (crowd cheers) to bring all of its power down (crowd cheers) and bring you the music …but we need you to bring the noise (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Fire”
“(?) gimme some light…we gotta get this one for these folks right here…that’s one of the finest signs I’ve ever seen (crowd cheers) put a spotlight on those folks…right over there, come on…come on, light man, get a light on those folks…we got a million dollars’ worth of shit up there, get a fucking light on them (chuckles)(crowd cheers) light them people up – yeah! (crowd cheers) yes…go ahead, baby, keep a light on them…”
[According to Backstreets, behind Charlie, there were “seven fans holding placards spelling out F-I-R-E, with flames on either side.”]

Intro to “The Fever”
“Oh yeah! (crowd cheers) alright (crowd cheers) what else we got back there? come on…we’re gonna do Philadelphia, Philadelphia special right there – what’s that? put that up…get a light on those folks back there, right there (crowd cheers) right there (crowd cheers) that’s them (crowd cheers) alright, come on, Roy…”

Intro to “Thundercrack”
“Let’s have one more request…these are our final dates here at Spectrum, this brings us way back into Main Point…”

Intro to “Kingdom of Days”
“Thank you, thank you very much, I want to, uh, gonna send this one out to Patti, Patti, about a couple of weeks ago she took a spill from, from her horse, uh, she borrowed the horse from Madonna, it’s a bad horse…don’t borrow any of those Madonna’s horses, they’ll throw your ass right on the ground (?) nah, it wasn’t really Madonna’s horse (chuckles) but she slipped off a horse and she bruised herself up quite a bit so she’s been laid up but I think she’s gonna make it out very soon, I think we’ll get her here tomorrow night (crowd cheers) now, this is for the red headed woman…we’re gonna send this one out to Pats…for you, kid…ready, guys?…”

Intro to “Radio Nowhere”
“Alright, let’s go, we got 18-year-old Jay Weinberg on the drums (crowd cheers) come on, Jay…”

Intro to “Hard Times”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for coming out to the show tonight (crowd cheers) yes, yes…yes…woo!…it’s, uh…it’s nice to be in this building (crowd cheers) you know, this…there was a time, they built all these old buildings in a particular way, there’s one we play in Los Angeles, the Sports Arena, and they were really sort of, they ended up being ideal for, for rock shows, you know, because of the way the seating is and they’re still not, you know, they’re not filled with all the V.I.P boxes (?) so it’s, uh (crowd cheers) there’s was a, there’s a democraticness to these old buildings that, uh, that is lovely and it’s a treat to really be, be here again tonight playing in this lovely lady of a building before she comes down so let’s hear it for the Spectrum (crowd cheers) and, uh, also I wanna thank Jay Weinberg, Jay’s gonna be sitting in for Max when Max has a few other obligations, he’s worked so hard, at eighteen years old to be able to get up there and sit in that chair (crowd cheers)(?)…’course Max, Max the other night said he’s never felt so irrelevant so I’m not sure…he’s still doing alright but, uh…we got some friends in the crowd tonight, folks from the Philabundance, Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization (crowd cheers) they provide food to 65,000 people each week here in the Delaware Valley, low wages, lack of education, the rising cost of living have created a situation where many just don’t have enough to eat, if you pick up the papers every day, you see there’s been millions of jobs lost over the past several years, hundreds of thousands of jobs lost recently, there’s no sign of that stopping at the moment, there are folks out there that these grassroots organizations are their only safety net, they have some place to make sure that their children can get a nutritious meal, to support them through these hard times, please remember Philabundance on your way out, they’re on the frontline doing God’s work, they need your help (crowd applauds) this was a song written by Stephen Foster in 1855, so the more things change the more they stay the same, this is “Hard times come again no more”…”

Intro to “You Can’t Sit Down”
“Who had that sign for the Dovells? The Dovells, The Dovells, The Dovells, where was that? I saw that a minute ago, come on, somebody had a sign for the old Dovells’ song…no, no, no, no, no… hell, we’re gonna play it anyway – are you ready? key of “E” (?)… you guys are from Philly?…Philadelphia Special (?) Parkway Records…”

Intro to “American Land”
“Thank you for coming out to the show tonight (crowd cheers)…
(…) Little Steven (crowd cheers) Curtis King (crowd cheers) Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) the unbelievable Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) one of the greatest guitarists in the world, Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) Cindy Mizelle (crowd cheers) and the biggest man you’ve ever seen, Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) Philly! (crowd cheers) Philly! (crowd cheers) Philly! (crowd cheers) Philly! (crowd cheers) Philly! (crowd cheers) Philly! (crowd cheers) Philly! (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 “Rosalita”
“It ain’t over yet (crowd cheers) it ain’t over yet (crowd cheers) Stevie!…one more for Philly! (crowd cheers)…”

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