Story 2014-02-22 Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, Australia

Intro to “Drinkin’ Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee”
“Hunter Valley! (crowd cheers) woo! where is the wine? (crowd cheers) where is it?…where are the women? (crowd cheers) alright, we’re gonna bring the song (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “The Wish”
“I think so…I saw this was a request out here, this is…a little awful long…(sings to himself)…I think it’s alright…alright, there was a sign over here for a song called “The Wish”…”The Wish” is a song…yeah, you got it? there you go, alright, this is a song I wrote about my mother…now I usually, uh, I’m famous for singing about my father, you see, but, uh (chuckles) ‘cause writing about your mother is about the most uncool thing you can do in rock music (?)…but, uh, oh, I know what I need…I bought my mother an iPhone and, uh, she’s 86 or 87 and, uh…she does, she’s kind of figured out how to use FaceTime (crowd cheers) so…but she can’t figure out the difference in time between the United States and Australia so around 6.30 every morning, uh, she doesn’t quite know how to handle the iPhone so I get a shot of the inside of my mother’s nose around 6.30 a.m. (laughs from the crowd) “Bruce!…I love this thing, I love it!…but I’m just playing around with it, I don’t know what I’m doing with it but…” so what I do every day is I send her a picture and I send it so she wakes up in the morning and it’s there so (crowd cheers) so everybody say “Hi” now (crowd cheers)(takes a picture on his phone) looking good (chuckles) she’ll be happy about that…this song is absolutely one hundred percent true (chuckles)…”

Middle of “The Wish”
“Now, one of my favorite things about at this point in my work life is I get to look out into the audience and I see, uh…fathers with sons, and I see moms and grandmoms and little girls, little sisters, yes, you sang very good the other night (chuckles) we get people of all ages and, uh…that was something that I think that my mom taught me when she was very young, she loved rock music, she loved rock and roll, and her enthusiasm and passion for it rolled over on me so we’re just glad to have you all coming out, all the different generations (crowd cheers) and somewhere out there is the future of rock and roll (chuckles)…”

Intro to “Shout”
“Everybody say “Yeah” (crowd: “Yeah”) everybody say “Yeah” (crowd: “Yeah”) to the sixth…everybody say “Yeah” right now (crowd: “Yeah”) everybody say “Yeah” (crowd: “Yeah”) everybody say “Yeah” (crowd: “Yeah”) the sixth - everybody say “Yeah” right now (crowd: “Yeah”) if you wanna hear more…stomp your feet on the floor…”

Middle of “Shout”
“Oh yeah…that’s right…Sister Soozie Tyrell, take a bow (crowd cheers) Eddie “Thin Man” Manion (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) the great Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) “Kansas City” Curt Ramm (crowd cheers) Tom Morello (crowd cheers) Jake Clemons (crowd cheers) the Mighty Max Weinberg! (crowd cheers) Miss Michelle Moore (crowd cheers) Curtis King (crowd cheers) Cindy Mizelle (crowd cheers) Mr. Barry Danielian (crowd cheers) Clark Gayton on the trombone (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) the Reverend Everett Bradley (crowd cheers) Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) and star of stage, screen and Emperor of the musical world, Little Steven Van Zandt (crowd cheers) Hunter Valley! (crowd cheers) Australia! (crowd cheers) Australia! (crowd cheers) Australia! (crowd cheers) Australia! (crowd cheers) Australia! (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 “Thunder Road”
“Yes, yes (crowd cheers) we got one more for you (crowd cheers) we’re here tonight with some friends from the Foodbank of New South Wales, two million, two million Australians go hungry every year, Foodbank of New South Wales is the largest food relief agency in Australia, they rescue food that would normally go to waste and they turn ‘em into meals to feed hungry, disadvantaged, struggling Australians, your neighbors and friends, if you see the Foodbank of New South Wales, please give them your time and support, this is for them, this is for you, thanks for coming out (crowd cheers)…”

After “Thunder Road”
“Thank you! (crowd cheers) thanks for coming out (crowd cheers) the E Street Band loves you (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi.
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