Story 2013-03-22 Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia

Intro to “We Take Care of Our Own”
“Sydney! (crowd cheers) are you ready to rumble? (crowd cheers) …”

Intro to “My City of Ruins”
“Good evening, Friday night! (crowd cheers) I’m expecting a lot of Friday night! (crowd cheers) yes, yes!…because the E Street Band (crowd cheers) is back in Australia (crowd cheers) and we’ve come thousands of miles…across great cities…across great plains…across island archipelagos…across a thousand and one sporting fields…and of course across (crowd: “Shark-infested waters”) just to get here tonight…yes, yes…and we’ve brought some old faces and some new faces…oh my God…alright…this is commitment, my friend (chuckles)…this is commitment…(?)…we’ve brought some old faces and some new faces and I see some old faces in the crowd and every night I see some new faces – how old are you, brother? (a kid replies) welcome to the E Street Band!…yes, yes…this is a song about some old things…about the people in our lives that we miss that live with us forever even after they’re gone…places that…mark themselves on us…when you’re a kid, I used to think of ghosts as something that would scare you…when you get older, you realize all the ghosts that walk alongside you are there to remind you…of how good this day is…so tonight if you’re listening…whoever you’re listening to, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends…this is from our ghosts to your ghosts…”

Middle of “My City of Ruins”
“(Horn players take turns soloing)…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 now…take me higher…we got Curtis King, Cindy Mizelle, Michelle Moore and the Reverend Everett Bradley on percussion (crowd cheers) alright now… come on, Max!…roll call…roll call…I need to know who’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers) I need to know who’s with us tonight (crowd cheers) I need to know if you’re with me tonight (crowd cheers) I said I need to know if you’re with me tonight (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan’s with me, come on, Roy (Roy plays) take it again, man (Roy keeps playing) Sister Soozie Tyrell’s with me tonight (crowd cheers)(Soozie plays violin) Brother Charlie Giordano’s with me (crowd cheers)(Charlie plays accordion) Nils Lofgren’s with me tonight (crowd cheers) (Nils plays) yeah…Steve Van Zandt’s with me, Patti Scialfa’s with me – they send their love, let’s send it to ‘em (crowd cheers) we’re lucky to have with me tonight, Tom Morello! (Tom plays) yeah, Mighty Max is with me tonight (crowd cheers)(Max drums) and Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers)(Garry plays) oh yeah…oh yeah…bring it down…oh yeah, oh yeah, alright…I’m in a sad mood tonight…darling, I’m in a sad mood…I said I’m in a sad mood tonight…yes, I’m in a sad mood …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) this is where we like to take a moment and feel the ghosts standing alongside…(crowd cheers) ssshh, just let me (?)…listen…listen…time …time…time…time…they made that change uptown now…and they made that change uptown…oh, they made that change uptown now …yeah, they made that change uptown…oh, they made that change uptown now…yes, they made that change uptown…and the change was made uptown now…and the change was made uptown…and the change was made uptown now…they made that change uptown… they made that change uptown…alright, let’s hear you (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Growin’ Up”
“Alright, let’s see what you got out there…(?)…a request…a month’s worth of fan mail, alright (chuckles) let’s start with something…”

Intro to “Pay Me My Money Down”
“Alright…I gotta sign your shirt and I signed his arm, the rest of his arm…oh…alright, so in my…in my ongoing studies of Australian culture…I was telling the audience on Wednesday night that I went backstage after the show and I was going “A great show, a great time, a great audience,” there was an Australian friend, “Yeah, but people were sitting down too much”…I said “Yeah,” he says “Well, you don’t understand, you got to tell Australians to get up, you have to tell them to get out of their seats” (crowd cheers) so I said “Are you sure?” he says “Yeah, Australians are very law-abiding people (laughs from the crowd) they’ve got to be told to get off their asses”…so I wasn’t so sure about it but I came out Wednesday night…(?) told people to get off their asses and then I went backstage and I met another Australian friend and he says “No, no, no, let me give you a hint: when you say “asses,” no one knows what you’re saying (chuckles) they don’t know what you’re talking about, they don’t understand you, you gotta says “arses, arses” (laughs from the crowd)(?) you gotta tell people to get off their bums, their bums (crowd cheers) you know, you have several words for “ass” in America, right? yeah, well, there’s “bum,” “butt,” “fanny” – he says “Don’t use that!” (chuckles)(laughs from the crowd) “Don’t say that one!”…now…I will not have to tell you to get off your arses (chuckles) because 90 seconds from now…your bum is gonna send a message to your brain saying “Get me up!” (chuckles) (crowd cheers) 90 seconds from right now…alright, give me some lights, I need lights! (crowd cheers) alright…don’t get up yet! not just ‘cause I’m talking (chuckles) it’s gonna be completely out of your control…alright…alright, who’s got 90 seconds? ready? time me, starting right now!…”

Middle of “Backstreets”
“Till the end…till the end…just me and you, baby…just me and you, darling…”

Intro to “Born in the U.S.A”
“Thank you, thank you (crowd cheers) woo! (crowd cheers) thank you for, uh, just three spectacular nights here in Sydney, we’ve had a great time (crowd cheers) we promise we won’t stay away so long next time (crowd cheers) I can’t tell you how much appreciate to come back, coming back and, and just all you folks showing up for us and, uh, we just appreciate your support of our music through all these years, we thank you very much (crowd cheers) alright, we got, uh, in the States for over the past 25 or 30 years we’ve worked with different foodbanks and we’re glad that we have the Foodbank of New South Wales with us in the house tonight (crowd cheers) they’re, uh…hunger exists in surprising numbers right here in Australia, in the city as well as in the rural communities, the Foodbank of New South Wales is the largest hunger relief organization in Australia, they collect food, they distribute it to people that are in need right here in Sydney, if you see them on your way out, they’re good folks on the frontline doing God’s work, the Foodbank of New South Wales (crowd cheers) we don’t play this one that often but we’re gonna play this one as the end of the night for you guys, alright…make sure Roy’s loud (chuckles)…”

After “Rosalita”
“Thank you, Sydney, we love you, we’ll be seeing you! (crowd cheers) the E Street Band! (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi.
Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License