Story 2013-07-24 First Direct Arena, Leeds, England

Intro to “Hungry Heart”
“(After the sing-along) That’s very good! (crowd cheers)”

Intro to “Local Hero”
“Woo!…alright, let me see what we got here…give me a few lights …yeah, oh, yeah…you’ve been carrying this around for (chuckles) oh, I don’t know, let me see that one…ok…oh, man…I can’t see the requests for the signs, yeah…let me see, let me see…that’s a good one, I don’t know if I could play it…alright, we’ll start right here… alright, if the people with the signs, during the songs if you keep your signs down, the people behind you can see! (crowd cheers) they’d appreciate that, alright…here we go, we go right here, baby! …we knew this was coming…we have done a little bit of rehearsal on this…let’s see if that rehearsal paid off – are you ready, boys? …is the band ready? (?)…”

Intro to “Gotta Get That Feeling”
“Yeah, yeah! (crowd cheers)…alright, Steve always complains that we don’t play anything off of this record…this is an outtake from Darkness on the Edge of Town (crowd cheers) this is a great, a great room you guys got here, it’s a great hall (crowd cheers) you play anything in here, it’s gonna sound good, I’m telling you (chuckles)…alright, for Steve Van Zandt (crowd cheers)…ready? one, two…what? go ahead (crowd: “Steven! Steven! Steven!”)…”

Intro to “Bad Moon Rising”
“This guy’s been carrying this sign around…you got a key?…where are you from?…Spain…you’ve been carrying this since Spain? yeah? (chuckles)…hold on, I’ll find a right key for you (sings to himself) that’s high, man, go to D…(sings to himself) D is good for me, man …I see…ready? band?…”

Intro to “Thundercrack”
“Alright, we’re gonna try one more crazy request here…we may not get through the middle of this because, uh…it gets tricky but, uh, this is Thundercrack (crowd cheers) for a bankrupt fan!…he came to too many E Street Band shows…so we gotta do this one for him, this was, this song was written in, like, 1973 or 4, it was written to be our first show-stopper, this used to end our set when we used to come out and play for crowds who didn’t know us at all…we used to, we opened up for Black Oak Arkansas and…you act like “Who?” (chuckles) Sha Na Na, uh…opened up for Mountain, I think we opened up for Aerosmith one time and, uh…so this was our show-closer when, when nobody knew who were so…we’ll see how we do, alright…oh, we opened up for Cheech and Chong! (chuckles) here we go…”

Intro to “This Depression”
“Gail, this for you…”

Intro to “Secret Garden”
“Alright, this is a song, uh, we might have played it once or twice but, uh…there is fans that, that’ve been following us since the beginning of European tour (crowd cheers) they’re here every night and they provide a tremendous amount of fuel and inspiration for our band ‘cause I know what it takes just to make it from city to city, I know what the queuing is like, I know how hard it is to get up front here and what you guys (crowd cheers) so…anyway, tonight this is for Annie and her guy, alright (chuckles)…this is their request…”

Intro to “Atlantic City”
“Alright, I promised this for Will…Will, this goes out to you with all our love…”

End of “Dancing in the Dark”
“The entire family made it to the stage!…”

Middle of “Shout”
“Soozie Tyrell on the guitar and violin (crowd cheers) Eddie Manion (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) Mr. Ramm, Mr. Ramm (crowd cheers) the incredible Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) Jake Clemons on the saxophone (crowd cheers) The Mighty, Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums (crowd cheers) Garry W. Tallent on the bass (crowd cheers) the Reverend Everett Bradley on percussion (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Curtis King (crowd cheers) Cindy Mizelle (crowd cheers) Michelle Moore (crowd cheers) Barry Danielian (crowd cheers) and Clark Gayton on the trombone (crowd cheers) and last but not least, Little Steven Van Zandt! (crowd cheers) want you to know…want you to know…want you to know…want you to know…Leeds! (crowd cheers) Leeds! (crowd cheers) Leeds! (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!”)…
(…) I’m just a prisoner…rock and roll! (crowd cheers)…you make me wanna (band keeps playing and singing) Thank you for being with us tonight…and for celebrating the eternal, righteous power of rock and roll…”

Intro to “If I Should Fall Behind”
“Nothing to it…”

After “Thunder Road”
“Thanks for a great night (crowd cheers) this is a beautiful building, I want to thank the promoter and the folks who run the building, it’s a great place to play (crowd cheers) really loved it here (crowd cheers) thank you, God bless, we’ll be seeing you (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi.
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