Story 2014-05-06 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX

Intro to “One Step Up”
“Oh, we have a challenge here: “Last time played with the full band June 21st, 1988” (crowd cheers) who was born in 1988? (some cheers)(chuckles) alright, this is gonna be the first time in your life …you made that sign, alright…let me start off by saying we don’t know this one (chuckles) so you have made your bed, Sir…but I think we can get through it…”

Intro to “Jesse James”
“Oh, that was a wild one (crowd cheers) good call, good call, audience member (chuckles)(crowd cheers) yeah, just come out of New Orleans Jazz Festival (crowd cheers) we had so much fun…New Orleans are kicking ass…what a beautiful city, man…yeah, that’s, that’s something to see…alright, so we learned a few things for that, we’re gonna, we’re gonna be playing for you…”

Intro to “Wrecking Ball”
“Do we have any New Jerseyans out there tonight? (crowd cheers) …”

After “No Surrender”
“Yeah, let’s hear it for them, they were pretty good (chuckles)(crowd cheers) I lost my job, that’s how easy it is…”
[Two fans, brothers Alex and Tommy Flores joined Bruce to sing on “No Surrender,” after Alex held up a sign “Busted my lil brother out of class to sing with the Boss.”]

Middle of “Backstreets”
“Till the end…till the end…until the end…till the end…just you and your sad eyes…just you and your sad eyes…you and your lonely, lonely, sad eyes…I remember those lonely, lonely, sad eyes…oh, how they could talk me into anything…talk me into anything…you and your lonely, lonely, sad eyes…how they could talk me into anything…talk me…oh, come talk to me, baby…oh, come talk to me, darling…lying in the heat of the night (crowd cheers) oh, come talk to me, baby…oh, I just wanna drive all night (crowd cheers) I just wanna drive all night…I swear that I would drive all night…just to buy you some shoes (chuckles) (crowd cheers) I’ll buy you those shoes…buy you those shoes (chuckles) those shoes…”

Intro to “All or Nothin’ at All”
“A tour premiere will occur next – we have never played this song… because nobody really likes it (laughs from the crowd) but that doesn’t stop a band like the E Street Band (chuckles) (crowd cheers) actually there was a guy who was carrying a sign for this thing about two or three shows, I don’t know where he went, I think we learned it a little too late for him…goddamn it, alright… (starts playing the riff)…I hope we remember it now…because sometimes you just gotta have it all or nothin’…nothin’, damn it! all of it (chuckles) or none of it…”

Middle of “All or Nothin’ at All”
“(Crowd cheers) It’s a sleeper, man, it’s a sleeper, I’m telling you, it’s a sleeper…”

Intro to “Great Balls of Fire”
“Max Weinberg and Nils Lofgren! (crowd cheers) the mighty E Street Band! Woo! (crowd cheers) got my great friend down here in Texas, Joe Ely gonna come out and sing with us – come on out, Joe! (crowd cheers)…”

Towards the end of “Lucille”
“Joe Ely!!!…I love that voice…Joe Ely!!!…”

Intro to “Shout”
“Houston, are you ready? (crowd cheers) on the lawn, are the asses off the grass yet? (crowd cheers) are you ready inside? (crowd cheers) E-flat…what I wanna know is do you feel alright now?…tell me do you feel alright now (crowd cheers) what I wanna know is do you feel alright now? (crowd cheers) do you feel alright? (crowd cheers) do you feel alright? (crowd cheers) do you feel alright? (crowd cheers) do you feel alright? (crowd cheers) do you feel alright? (crowd cheers) well, if you feel alright, I want you to raise your hand now…come and just raise your hand now…”

Middle of “Shout”
“Sister Soozie Tyrell on the guitar and fiddle (crowd cheers) Eddie “Kingfish” Manion on the saxophone (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) the Queen of E Street, Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) Tom Morello on the guitar (crowd cheers) Curt Ramm on the trumpet (crowd cheers) Mr. Garry W. Tallent on the bass (crowd cheers) the incredible Jake Clemons on the saxophone (crowd cheers) the Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums (crowd cheers) Michelle Moore (crowd cheers) Curtis King (crowd cheers) Cindy Mizelle (crowd cheers) Barry Danielian (crowd cheers) Clark Gayton (crowd cheers) the Reverend Everett Bradley (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) and the phenomenal Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) that’s right…that’s right…that’s right…that’s right…Houston! (crowd cheers) Houston! (crowd cheers) Houston! (crowd cheers) Houston! (crowd cheers) Houston! (crowd cheers) Houston! (crowd cheers) I want you to go home tonight and I want you to wake up your family and I want you to wake up your friends and your neighbors and pull them out of their house in their pyjammies and tomorrow I want you to walk up to complete strangers on the street and I want you to tell them that you, Houston, have just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, Earth-shocking, hard rocking, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, lovemaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, testifying, death-defying, one and only, legendary E (crowd: “Street Band!”)…
(…) I’m just a prisoner…of the everlasting, 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, Houston (crowd cheers) oh, a lot of big memories of coming here 40 years ago…before we came to Houston, when I, when I got signed to my record contract, none of us had ever known anybody that ever got signed on a record label and none of us had ever been on an airplane…and, uh, we used to see ‘em flying overhead in New Jersey but we were like the lost tribes of New Guinea, you know, like, sort of we knew they were there but it was magic, it was magic…so they sent us out to Los Angeles on a plane and we all became terrified of flying after one flight and we took a vote and decided we were only gonna go by train anywhere ever again and our next show was in Houston (chuckles) (crowd cheers) so we took the train from New York City all the way here (chuckles)…took a couple of days, it was really unseasonably hot and we didn’t have bunk, you know, berths or anything, we just sat up in our seats and sweated like dogs and, uh, after two days we got here and I think everybody voted for…to fly on the, Phoenix, that’s where we were going next, we played a place called Liberty Hall (crowd cheers) and, uh, Houston really took us to heart right from the beginning, this was like a great, great, great, great place for us when we started, we got so much support here, there was so much friendliness and friendship and kindness, you guys took us in so, so lovely right away that it’s always been, it’s always been, you know, there was a few places right at the beginning and this was one so we wanna say thanks for all the years of supporting us and our music, we also have some friends in the hall tonight from the Houston Foodbank, they serve those in need in 18 Southeastern Texas counties, they’re leading the fight against hunger right here in your community on the frontlines doing a good work, Houston Foodbank, if you see them on your way out, give me them a hand (crowd cheers) this is for them and for the town that adopted us so, so long ago (crowd cheers)…”

After “Thunder Road”
“Thank you, Houston, for a great night (crowd cheers) the E Street Band loves you (crowd cheers)…”

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