Story 2012-11-12 Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN

Intro to “I’m a Rocker”
“Good evening! (crowd cheers) St. Paul, Minneapolis, alright (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Hungry Heart”
“Good evening! (crowd cheers) the hits, the hits, the hits! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “My City of Ruins”
“Good evening, good evening, good evening (crowd cheers) we are so glad to be here (crowd cheers) in your beautiful cities tonight… E Street Band are back…and we got some old faces with us and some new faces…and in the crowd I see some old faces…and I see some new faces…who’s never seen the E Street Band before? (some cheers) who’s seen the E Street Band last night? (bigger cheers) good, good, good, good, we like repeat customers, that’s right…we do a different show for you every night (chuckles)…we are the band that yesterday had two streets named after us right here in this city (crowd cheers) today nothing! no streets! back to Butthole Avenue or whatever it was before yesterday…yesterday your GPS would’ve said “You take right on Springsteen Street”…now back to Butthole Avenue, I don’t know what it is (chuckles)…I just like saying that (chuckles)…alright, alright, alright…oh yes, oh yes…this is a song…I originally wrote for my adopted hometown that was struggling to get back on its feet and uh…it took 25 years for businesses to return, to see the beach full again and, uh, it felt like we wouldn’t see it again in our lifetime but Asbury turned back into a lovely place to visit (crowd cheers) summertime destination, there’s an ocean there! (chuckles) go check it out…but it suffered a lot in the storm as did much of the Jersey Shore so, uh…tonight this is a song about ghosts whether it’d be…people, folks you’ve lost or missed or just places that have imprinted themselves upon your heart, we are a band that will, you can never separate from the Jersey Shore, we’re basically still a (crowd cheers) we’re still a highfaluting bar band, that’s right (chuckles) so tonight whether you’re missing some place or you’re missing someone, lost brother or sister, mother or father, a friend, this is from our ghosts to your ghosts… alright, alright, alright…”

Middle of “My City of Ruins”
“That’s Clark Gayton, Barry Danielian, Curt Ramm, Ed Manion and Jake Clemons of the E Street horns (crowd cheers) take me higher …take me higher…take me higher…Everett Bradley on percussion, Curtis King, Cindy Mizelle and Michelle Moore of the E Street Choir (crowd cheers) Max!…roll call…we do a roll call every night because
I wanna know who’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers) I wanna know who’s in the house tonight now (crowd cheers) I wanna know who’s with me tonight (crowd cheers) I wanna know are you with me tonight now! (crowd cheers)Professor Roy Bittan’s with me, come on, Roy (Roy plays) play it again, Roy (Roy plays) Sister Soozie Tyrell’s with me tonight (crowd cheers)(Soozie plays violin) Charlie Giordano’s in the house (Charlie plays)(crowd cheers) Nils Lofgren’s with me tonight (crowd cheers) (Nils plays) oh, we got an athlete in our family and she tours as much as I do so Miss Patti is with our lovely daughter tonight but Patti Scialfa’s in the house! (crowd cheers) come on…Little Steven’s with me tonight (crowd cheers)(Steve plays) yeah…Mighty Max is here (crowd cheers)(Max drums) aha, aha…and Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers)(Garry plays) alright now…alright now…alright now…alright now…alright now…alright now…alright now…alright…are you missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody tonight? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are you missing anybody tonight now? (crowd cheers) oh yes…this is where we like to take a moment and feel the ghosts alongside of us…that remind us…that walk alongside us…yeah…that remind us…that remind us…remind us…it’s alright, you can let it sit…ssshhh…well, the change was made uptown now…oh, the change was made uptown…oh, the change was made uptown now…oh, the change was made uptown… let me hear you (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “The E Street Shuffle”
“Oh, yes, yes…woo!…alright, boys, let’s see what ghosts we can find down on E Street, alright…”

Intro to “Pay Me My Money Down”
“Are you ready for a house party? (crowd cheers) are you ready for a house party? (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Devils & Dust”
“Woo!…that feels good…alright…this is, uh…for all our Vets out there, this is for Veterans’ Day…”

Intro to “Jungleland”
“Yes, thank you, woo! (crowd cheers) alright (chuckles) first I wanna thank everybody who come out to the show tonight and last night, thank you very much (crowd cheers) two great nights here in St. Paul-Minneapolis, thank you so much for supporting us and our music over all these years, we appreciate it (crowd cheers) yes, yes …we got some friends in the hall tonight, folks from the Second Harvest Heartland (crowd cheers) it’s the upper midwest’s largest hunger relief organization, they go to help your hungry neighbors today and provide means for everyone to be fed tomorrow, these organizations right now in these hard times are so important to so many folks, they’re out there on the frontlines doing God’s work, if you can, give them a hand, the Second Harvest Heartland (crowd cheers) this is for you…St.Paul-Minneapolis…”

Intro to “American Land”
“Thank you for coming to the show! (crowd cheers)…”

Middle of “American Land”
“St. Paul! (crowd cheers) Minneapolis! (crowd cheers) you’ve just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, Earth-shocking, hard rocking, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, lovemaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary E (crowd: “Street Band!”)…”

After “American Land”
“Thank you, thanks for two great nights, we love you! See you up there road! (crowd cheers)…”

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