Story 2014-05-01 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL

Intro to “Joe Hill”
“Good evening! (crowd cheers) happy May Day (crowd cheers) it’s International Workers’ Day so we’re gonna salute all our union folks in the audience (crowd cheers) and we’re gonna start the show with this…”

Intro to “Jesse James”
“Good evening, Tampa! (crowd cheers) come on, Nils…alright, we gotta, we gotta tune up for Jazz Fest here (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Brothers Under the Bridge”
“Alright (crowd cheers) wooo! nice and warm, good and warm, damn it! that’s how I like it (crowd cheers) good! (crowd cheers) alright, this is a song I don’t think the E Street Band has ever played (crowd cheers) was, uh…I had a story, uh, at the end of the Vietnam War there were a lot of soldiers that couldn’t move back into the mainstream and they ended up just settling in California or they ended up out in California mountains…this is a story about one of those soldiers who has a young daughter and she comes out into the mountains looking for her dad…this is called “Brothers Under the Bridge” (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “From Small Things”
“Alright, we got a request (crowd cheers) this is the only song in my oeuvre that mentions your beloved city right here (crowd cheers) when I get to the word “Tampa”…I want you to let me know where I am (crowd cheers) not now…when I say the word in the song (crowd cheers) I myself forget where it comes up (chuckles) but it’s in here…and when I say that word…let me know where I am (crowd cheers) I need some cheap applause right about now (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Wrecking Ball”
“Did I say “Tampa?” (crowd cheers) well, who’s from Jersey? (crowd cheers) Jersey! (crowd cheers) Florida! (some cheers)(chuckles) Tampa! (crowd cheers) Jersey! (crowd cheers) I just figured out everybody from Tampa’s from Jersey (chuckles) (crowd cheers)…”

Middle of “Pay Me My Money Down”
“Oh, that’s right now…Charles…bring it back to me, Charles…oh, take me home, Charlie…bring that thing up here, Charlie…just that accordion…(Charlie plays by himself)…I need an axe, I wanna kill somebody (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “We Are Alive”
“Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes (crowd cheers) alright, you surprised me…I don’t know what the fuck’s gonna happen up here when I come out (chuckles)…that was fun…we actually made it all the way to the bar out there (chuckles) and somebody bought me a drink in the middle of a song, that was (chuckles) oh, that’s a first, my friends, that’s a first (crowd cheers) it happened right here in (crowd: “Tampa”) I won’t forget (chuckles) oh my God…this is a ghost story…this is a ghost story for May 1st…it’s about all the folks who sacrificed…sacrificed their lives…that other folks would get a better shake…that fought and died just trying to organize themselves, trying to get a small piece of what people were building here…it’s a ghost story ‘cause those ghosts, they’re always all around us down there…the past…never leaves us, it’s always at our side and the dead always speak to the living…and the living are at their best when they’re listening (chuckles)…alright, so…I set the scene for you…ssshh…now listen…”

Intro to “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
“Too much tequila (crowd cheers) Teardrops on the city (chuckles)…”

Intro to “Shout”
“What I wanna know is…is there anybody alive out there (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) is there anybody alive now? (crowd cheers) well, if you’re alive out there then I want you to, I want you to, I want you to…raise your hand now…just come and raise your hand now…”

Middle of “Shout”
“Sister Soozie Tyrell on the guitar and fiddle (crowd cheers) Eddie “Kingfish” Manion (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) Mr. Tom Morello (crowd cheers) Curt Ramm (crowd cheers) Jake Clemons on the saxophone (crowd cheers) the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) Michelle Moore (crowd cheers) Curtis King (crowd cheers) Cindy Mizelle (crowd cheers) the incredible Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) Barry Danielian (crowd cheers) Clark Gayton (crowd cheers) the Reverend Everett Bradley (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) and the Queen of E Street, Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) that’s right…that’s right…that’s right…that’s right…that’s right…Tampa! (crowd cheers) Tampa! (crowd cheers) Tampa! (crowd cheers) I want you to go home tonight and I want you to wake up your family and I want you to wake your neighbors up and pull them out of their bed in their pyjammies and tomorrow I want you to rush up to complete strangers on the street and I want you tell them that Tampa has just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, Earth-shocking, booty-shaking, lovemaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, testifying, death-defying, one and only, legendary E (crowd: “Street Band!”)…
(…) I’m just a prisoner…of the almighty, eternal, ass-kicking power of rock and roll! (crowd cheers) you know, you make me wanna shout…”

Intro to “Thunder Road”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you (crowd cheers) woo! (crowd cheers) a little bit of heat is a good thing (crowd cheers) loosens up the joints…oh yeah…we got some friends in the house from Feeding America Tampa Bay (crowd cheers) they serve the hungry in ten West-Central Florida counties, the only foodbank in Tampa Bay, Feeding America Tampa Bay, they’re out on the frontlines doing a good work helping your neighbors that are struggling, please if you see them, assist Feeding America Tampa Bay, this is for them…”

After “Thunder Road”
“Thank you, Tampa (crowd cheers) the E Street Band loves you (crowd cheers)…”

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