Story 2012-10-31 Blue Cross Arena At The War Memorial, Rochester, NY

Intro to “A Night with the Jersey Devil”
“Rochester (crowd cheers) are you ready for a night with the Jersey Devil? (crowd cheers)…”

After “A Night with the Jersey Devil”
“Jersey Devil talking to you (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “My City of Ruins”
“Good evening, good evening (crowd cheers) we wish you a happy Halloween (crowd cheers) but we are rock and roll band from the Jersey Shore (crowd cheers) and tonight we carry a lot of sadness in our hearts…this was, uh…originally a song I built about, I wrote about my adopted hometown of Asbury struggling to get back on its feet…25 years, a quarter of a century passed while we waited and waited and hoped for Asbury to come back again and we were proud to say that over the past decade it has just flourished and risen up again and come back to life in a way that I wasn’t sure I’d ever see in my lifetime (crowd cheers) and it will do so again (crowd cheers) but, uh, it’s just been terrible destruction all along the coast that we grew up on and, uh…this is a song that’s become about so many things since I wrote it, on this tour it’s become about ghosts and spirits that walk alongside us, things that people, but not just people, people, things, places that mark themselves up on us and become more than just a part of our life but become who we are and we’re a band that you can’t separate from the Jersey Shore (chuckles) (crowd cheers) we’re still basically a glorified bar band at your service (crowd cheers) so tonight I think of not just the ghosts we have standing alongside of us this evening – brothers, sons, mothers, fathers, friends – but of places that disappear or get lost also so we’re gonna do this tonight…from our hometown to your hometown (crowd cheers) yes, yes…yes, yes… and I wanna also send this out to all the folks who’ve been working so hard down in New Jersey, all the policemen and firemen (crowd cheers) and also out to the Governor who’s done such a hard job over the past few days keeping New Jersey together (crowd cheers) we thanked them all…here we go…”

Middle of “My City of Ruins”
“(Horn players take turns soloing)…Clark Gayton on the trombone, Barry Danielian, trumpet, Curt Ramm, trumpet, Ed Manion, baritone, and Jake Clemons on the tenor saxophone, the E Street horns (crowd cheers)(singers harmonize) Everett Bradley on percussion, Curtis King, Cindy Mizelle and Michelle Moore of the E Street choir (crowd cheers) Max!…roll call…I wanna know who’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers) I wanna know who’s with me tonight (crowd cheers) I wanna know who’s in the house tonight now (crowd cheers) I need to know if you’re with me tonight (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan’s with me tonight (Roy plays) Sister Soozie Tyrell’s with us tonight (crowd cheers)(Soozie plays violin) Brother Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers)(Charlie plays accordion) Nils Lofgren’s with us tonight (crowd cheers)(Nils plays) yes, yes…I have a daughter and she’s quite an athlete (chuckles) and she tours as much as we do so Patti’s with her tonight but Patti Scialfa’s with me tonight, let’s hear it for my baby (crowd cheers) send it out to her (crowd cheers) Little Steven Van Zandt’s with us tonight (crowd cheers)(Steve plays) and the Mighty Max Weinberg’s with us tonight (crowd cheers)(Max plays) and Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers)(Garry plays)…oh yeah…oh, I’m in a sad mood tonight, I said I’m in a sad mood…oh, I’m in a sad mood tonight now, oh, I’m in a sad mood…bring it down, band…oh yeah…bring it down, band…oh yeah…mmmm…sad mood tonight…are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody tonight now? (crowd cheers) are you missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are you missing anybody tonight now? (crowd cheers) well, this is the moment where we like to stop and feel the ghosts…of people and places…standing with us…mmmm…you can let sit for a minute…
now let me hear you (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Spirit in the Night”
“The E Street Band has come thousands of miles tonight (crowd cheers) and we’ve come here to bring you just one thing…we’ve been all around the world…plenty of times!…but we’re here tonight because we need the answer to just…one…question…I said I need the answer…to just…one…question…I said I want the answer…to just…one…question…who knows what that question is? (crowd cheers)(some fan: “Can you feel the spirit?”) that’s right, brother, that’s right…what I wanna know is…can you feel the spirit? (crowd cheers) can you feel the spirit now? (crowd cheers) can you feel the spirit? (crowd cheers) can you feel the spirit now? (crowd cheers) well, if you can feel the spirit, I want you to answer me with a mighty “Yeah, yeah” – can you feel the spirit? (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) can you feel the spirit now? (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) can you feel the spirit? (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) can you feel the spirit now? (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) we come here night, every night after night after night, we come to bring you the good news, we come to bring you the bad news, we come to bring you the news that make you wanna holler! (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) make you wanna holler! (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) make you wanna holler (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”)…”

Intro to “Monster Mash”
“Oh, what is out here tonight?…woo! (chuckles) alright (chuckles) I like that (chuckles) oh, I’ll take, I’ll check some of these out, let me see…we don’t know that one…oh, Steve…that’s Steve’s favorite right there – oh, we got one, okay, give me that sign right there, give me that sign (chuckles)…we came semi-prepared for this one (chuckles) alright…we were coming up there, we’re going “Alright, what’s the greatest Halloween song, you know?”…it’s hard to think of just one, you know…this is probably not it (chuckles) I don’t think this is it (chuckles) but there is a request for it (crowd cheers) and we cleverly may have rehearsed it a little bit at soundcheck (crowd cheers) not that we knew somebody would have that sign, we didn’t know that…(plays a riff on his guitar)…you guys remember the horn riff, what was it? (horns play) I think it’s good but we’re a little fast, should be like (plays a rhythm on guitar) like that, right…there it is…”

Middle of “Monster Mash”
“This is terrible (chuckles)(laughs from the crowd)…
(…) When you get to the door, just tell ‘em the Boss man sent you (crowd cheers)…”

After “Monster Mash”
“Happy Halloween (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Jersey Girl”
“Thank you, Rochester (crowd cheers) thank you for helping us through this night, fantastic crowd, thank you (crowd cheers) we have some friends in the house tonight from Rochester Roots, Rochester Roots is a community-based organization working on the frontlines to help the poor and hungry citizens here in Rochester, they improve access to locally-grown food, empowering all people to participate in the decision-making process of their food systems, Rochester Roots, during these hard times I don’t have to tell you grassroots organization have been more vital than ever, please if you see them on the way out, give them a hand (crowd cheers) oh, so we wanna do this tonight for all the folks that are suffering in New York City, Connecticut, the Tri-State area…and of course especially, uh, for our folks, neighbors and friends out on the Jersey Shore (crowd cheers)…”

Towards the end of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
“Rochester! (crowd cheers) can you feel the spirit? (crowd cheers) …”

After “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
“The mighty E Street Band! (crowd cheers) thanks for giving us a beautiful night, we love you, we’ll be seeing you! (crowd cheers)…

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