Story 2014-02-19 AllPhones Arena, Sydney, Australia

Intro to “Spirit in the Night”
“Alright…I’ve…traveled around the world quite a bit…I’ve seen a lot of things…over our fifty years of traveling (crowd cheers) now I’m gonna be sixty-fucking-five (crowd cheers) but I saw something last night I’ve never seen before…I saw something last night in Sydney I’ve never seen before…now…we’re staying in a fancy hotel, very nice, beautiful, people are great and, uh…I go…and I realize that I have a computerized toilet seat (laughs from the crowd) in my room…only in the rooms of the rich and shameless, I’m sure, but…I have a computerized toilet seat…and basically what it does… as you walk in, it opens itself up (laughs from the crowd) says “Hi!” …I’ve never, I didn’t know they existed, I didn’t know there was that kind of technology, that there were minds out there working on…those kinds of comforts for…so, but the thing is, you know, you are in a hotel room and you forget where you are in the middle of the night and we’re all jetlagged so we’re sleeping in the day and up at night, we’re on drugs and all kinds of crazy things (?)(crowd cheers) so I wake up in the middle of the night and I can’t find the lights because you can never find the lights in the room you’re in because they change every night so I feel my way into the bathroom and all I see is this little blue light staring at me and then suddenly…Charles, help me with this (Charlie plays some organ piece) so I stand there…and I swear…I looked down and I heard…
Can you feel the spirit?…can you feel the spirit now?…can you feel the spirit?…can you feel the spirit now?…and I took that as a mystical sign because no one knows where and how the Lord appears to you…or what time of day or night a reckoning will be called upon you…so I figured that that was the question…the proposition that I was being asked to put forth tonight in Sydney!… so what I wanna know is 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 feeeel the spirit? (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) can you feel the spirit now? (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”)…”

Intro to “Badlands”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you (crowd cheers) thank you for not killing me, I appreciate that! I just appreciate that I’m still alive right now…it was hairy in there for a few minutes…I wanna thank Ed Manion tonight, who is taking Jake Clemons’ solos (crowd cheers) yeah…unfortunately Jake, Jake’s Pop passed away, that was Clarence’s brother Bill, was, uh, in the marine corps, played the trumpet, played the saxophone, was another great Clemons musician and we send our condolences and our prayers out to Jake and his family in the U.S, he’ll be back (crowd cheers) we thank you, Eddie, you did a great job, Eddie Manion, come on (crowd cheers) so as I’ve said we came here last year, we had a great time, we said we’re coming back! (crowd cheers) we always try and change it up for you so tonight we’re gonna play something we’ve never done in Australia, the Darkness on the Edge of Town-album (crowd cheers) start to finish! (crowd cheers) let’s go!…”

Intro to “Darlington County”
“(Starts the riff, then stops) This baby’s out of tune…close enough for rock and roll…”

Towards the end of “Born to Run”
“That’s the fastest we’ve ever played that motherfucker! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Shout”
“Are you ready to quit? (crowd: “No!”) are you ready to quit? (crowd: “No!”) are you ready to quit? (crowd: “No!”) B-flat, boys…”

Middle of “Shout”
“Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) Eddie “Thin Man” Manion (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) Kansas City Curt Ramm (crowd cheers)Mr. Tom Morello (crowd cheers) the Miiiighty Max Weinberg! (crowd cheers) Queen of the twist, Michelle Moore (crowd cheers) Curtis King (crowd cheers) Cindy Mizelle (crowd cheers) Barry Danielian (crowd cheers) Clark Gayton (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) the Reverend Everett Bradley on percussion (crowd cheers) Garry “Fun meister” Tallent (crowd cheers) and last but not least, are you ready to rumble? star of stage, screen and television and every other kind of fucking medium I can think of, Little Steven Van Zandt (crowd cheers) Sydney! (crowd cheers) Sydney! (crowd cheers) Sydney! (crowd cheers) Sydney! (crowd cheers) Sydney! (crowd cheers) Sydney! (crowd cheers) you’ve just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, earth-shocking, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, love-making, Viagra-taking, history-making, did I say Viagra-taking? (crowd cheers)legendary E (crowd: “Street Band!”)…”

Intro to “Surprise, Surprise”
“(?)…yes, yes, yes, what can I say? what a good time we had tonight (crowd cheers) thank you…alright…got a man’s 23rd birthday…23…23 is, uh…I don’t know how to explain that now…for me it was Blinded by the Light so (crowd cheers) and, uh, so I would say for me at 23 my brain was pretty, fairly scrambled at the time, you know? (chuckles) but this is his request…so I’ll see what I can do…all, uh, orifices must be cleared when, uh, to sing, to rock sing appropriately…what’s your name, brother?…Eddie? Ok, Eddie…”

End of “Surprise, Surprise”
“Happy birthday, Eddie! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Dream Baby Dream”
“We got some friends in the house tonight from the Food Bank of New South Wales, two million Australians go hungry every year, the Food Bank of New South Wales is the largest food relief agency in Australia, they rescue the food that would go to waste, they turn into meals to feed hungry, disadvantaged, your struggling neighbors and citizens, please if you see them on the way out, support our good friends, the Food Bank of New South Wales (crowd cheers) this is for them…”

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