Story 2012-07-28 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden

Intro to “Who’ll Stop the Rain?”
“Hej, Göteborg! (crowd cheers) nu ser vi igen (crowd cheers) nu ser vi igen (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “The Ties That Bind”
“Good evening! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “I’m Goin’ Down”
“Little Born in the U.S.A double hitter…give me some slap, Monte…”

Intro to “My Lucky Day”
“Can’t stop yet, Steve!…My Lucky Day, My Lucky Day…I need my guitar…Lucky Day…”

Intro to “Lost in the Flood”
“Yeah, yeah! (crowd cheers) alright, we haven’t played this one in quite a while…I think I remember the chords…if we fuck it up, it’s your fault right there, your fault right there…but due to the prevailing weather conditions (crowd cheers)…you guys wanna go over the chords first? (chuckles)…(?)…we got it?…what key? key E minor…yeah…we’re gonna start with this (crowd cheers) boom!… Roy, you gotta do the intro…(Roy hits the chords) no, no, the light first (chuckles) go on, Roy…(Roy plays) key of E minor, then we’re gonna hit the big chord…alright…here it comes…(?)(crowd cheers) …”

Intro to “My City of Ruins”
“Hej, Göteborg (crowd cheers) oh, what a night we had last night (crowd cheers) but this feels real good (crowd cheers) yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah now…alright now…oh, we don’t care about the rain, we ain’t worried about that (crowd cheers) aha…this is a song I wrote… round the turn of the century (chuckles) it was a song about my adopted hometown trying to get back on its feet…I’ve been telling the folks every night it’s become about a lot of other things…about the things we lose as time passes, about the people we lose as time passes…about the things we keep that time can’t fuck with (chuckles) and, uh…and a part of those people that we keep within us and pass on…and pass on…when we put our band together many, many years ago, our idea was we would carry the flag for a little while and then we would pass it on…that’s what this about really too…”
2012-07-28 Gothenburg, middle of “My City of Ruins”
“That’s Clark Gayton, Barry Danielian, Curt Ramm, Eddie Manion and Jake Clemons of the E Street horns (crowd cheers) yeah…take me higher…oh yeah, one more time now…alright now…oh, that’s
Everett Bradley, Curtis “Cowbell” King, Cindy Mizelle and Michelle Moore of the E Street Choir (crowd cheers) oh yeah…oh yeah…come on, Max!…roll call! (crowd cheers) every time this night we do a roll call to see who’s in the house and who’s missing…I wanna know who’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers) I said I wanna know who’s in the house tonight now (crowd cheers) I said I need to know who’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers) oh, I wanna know who’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers) yes, yes, Professor Roy Bittan’s in the house with us (Roy plays) come on, Roy (Roy plays) yeah, yeah, Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers)(Soozie plays violin) Charlie Giordano, king of the soul accordion (Charlie plays)(crowd cheers) play it, brother man (Charlie plays) oh, a man that forges the E Street Band’s blood links to Scandinavia, Mr. Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers)(Nils plays) he’s got his own cover band in this town, damn it…that’s right…oh, and I’m searching for my baby…yeah, I’m searching for my girl now…I’m searching for my baby…Patti’s at home so that we can be out here, Miss Patti Scialfa, please! (crowd cheers) from out of Asbury Park via Lilyhammer, Steve Van Zandt!
(crowd cheers)(Steve plays) and Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers)(Max drums) and Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers)(Garry plays)…are you ready for a house party? (crowd cheers) are you ready for a house party? (crowd cheers) because we did test this stadium last night (crowd cheers) but not like we’re gonna test it tonight, that’s right (crowd cheers) are you ready for a Swedish house party? (crowd cheers) let’s find, let’s find out what that’s about (chuckles)…I remember in the summertime we’d have our house parties and we’d throw everything out into the backyard… had the grill on, had people making cheeseburgers and every summer you’d see who showed up and who was missing…so they were always, particularly as you got older, they were always bittersweet…so many things get bittersweet (chuckles)…are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are you missing anybody tonight? (crowd cheers) are you missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody tonight? (crowd cheers) yeah, I’ll join you…are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) oh, are we missing anybody tonight now? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody tonight now? (crowd cheers) well, I know he’s listening in so let him hear your voices, come on (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City”
“(Chuckles) Alright, this guy’s been holding this sign for…many shows…what I like is, uh, there’s this little drawing right here (crowd cheers) I think that’s supposed to be me (crowd cheers) for some reason I’m wearing a green night-shirt (chuckles) alright, brother, let me see…this is for Marco Sinatra, alright (crowd cheers) you the man, you, you the man (chuckles) Steve, are you ready?… what key do we do this in? key of B – give me another guitar…says key of B…you got A?…we’ll do it in A – A is the original key, alright …here we go…(start the intro music)…this is from our first album… who was alive in 1973, baby? (chuckles) (crowd cheers) get out of here! (chuckles)…”

After “It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City”
“A lucky song! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Frankie”
“Alright, we’re gonna play some strange things for you tonight, this was a request…play this very rarely but it’s really…it’s a lovely song, I forget, I think it was supposed to be on The River-album but, uh…go ahead, Nils, try it…(band starts playing the intro)…let me hear you, Charles (Charlie plays) almost…ready, band?…”

After “Frankie”
“Yeah, yeah, we ought to play that one more often (chuckles) (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “The River”
“Let me see where we’ll go, uh…(?)…yeah, yeah…sing it with me…”

Intro to “Hungry Heart”
“(After the sing-along) Very good out there! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Where the Bands Are”
“Yeah, yeah…oh yeah! woo!…alright…alright, this is a song for all the folks that’ve been following us around from place to place, place to place (crowd cheers) there’s many of you out there…you ready, boys?…”

Middle of “Backstreets”
“Till the end…till the end…just me and you, darling…just me and you, darling…till the end…till the end…come a little bit closer…till the end…till the end…”

Intro to “Thunder Road”
“Thank you, Göteborg, tack (crowd cheers) tusen tack (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Ramrod”
“Göteborg! (crowd cheers) are you ready to roadhouse? (crowd cheers) are you ready to roadhouse? (crowd cheers) are you ready to roadhouse? (crowd cheers) put your hands in the air (?)…”

Intro to “Jungleland”
“Yes, yes (crowd cheers) as you know, Clarence felt, uh…Clarence was a special part of Sweden also and, uh (crowd cheers) this was a very special place for him and, uh, so tonight we haven’t done this once in a long time and we haven’t practiced it so (chuckles)… this is for the Big Man (crowd cheers) and for him for giving him a home for quite a few years also (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Twist and Shout”
“Give me the guitar, we gotta send these folks home dancing, come on (crowd cheers) all I can say is we’ve had an amazing two nights here, oh my God, uh…what can I tell you but thank you, thank you for, uh (crowd cheers) for what you gave us here the last couple of nights (crowd cheers) this, uh, this has been an amazing, amazing place for us and, uh…I know, vi älskar er, that’s it (crowd cheers) here we go…”

Towards the end of “Twist and Shout”
“Vi älskar er!…”
“Thank you! (crowd cheers) thank you, Gothenburg! (crowd cheers) the mighty E Street Band! (crowd cheers) thank you so much (crowd cheers) take a bow, boys (crowd cheers) we love you, you guys were the best, what an audience, thank you (crowd cheers) had a great, great couple of nights, wow (crowd cheers) we love and we’ll be seeing you, God bless! (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi.
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