Story 2016-07-28 Frognerparken, Oslo, Norway

After ”Working on the Highway”
“We’ll be seeing you in a little while (crowd cheers) let me see what signs you got out there…(?) ‘Party lights,’ ‘Freebird’…(?)…alright, I’ll see if we can get a few of those tonight…alright, we’ll see you in a little bit (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Sherry Darling”
“Alright, Oslo, party noises! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Independence Day”
“How are the people in the trees?…hey, hey! (crowd cheers) over there…this is, uh…I grew up in a little, small town…was about 10,000 people…streets were lined with all these beautiful trees… downtown was kind of…classic little American town…you knew everybody at the pool hall and you knew everybody at the barber shop…you knew everybody at the newsstand…and there was a part of it that was very welcoming if, if you fit in…and there was a side of it that was always very uncomfortable and somewhat threatening …and in my teens all I could think about was…I gotta get outta here! (chuckles) I gotta get outta here…and, uh (chuckles)(crowd cheers) hey, born to run (chuckles) you know…and I never really understood my parents feeling at home the way they did…and there was never a conversation about it, I could never…my dad was one of those guys that didn’t really talk much…so as I became a songwriter, I figured the only way to have a conversation with him was through my songs…and I started to write about our relationship …and hoping that he’d hear it…years and years went by, never heard anything back…if a song was good or if it was bad, if he liked the way he was portrayed, if he thought they all sucked – I didn’t hear anything…then one day, he was quite old, he was getting towards his death…I said “Dad, you know, what are my favorite, what are your favorite songs of mine?”…without blinking an eye, he said “The ones about me” (chuckles) (crowd cheers) so (chuckles) (crowd cheers) so he had been listening (chuckles) this is one of the first one about him, I wrote it when I was really young, about 24 or 25, and, uh, it’s the kind of song you write when you’re young, you don’t understand your parents, they don’t really register as people (chuckles) and, uh, you can’t understand the choices they made, the compromises they made to build a life, to raise you…and all you can see are…how those compromises have seemed to have held them down, you’re too young to see the blessings that come with compromise, that it takes those things to, to build a real life…but, uh…I had a simple setting for this song, it was a late night conversation between him and I around the kitchen table, two people that love each other but…there’s a failure to communicate…”

Intro to “Hungry Heart”
“It’s a hit!…”

Intro to “Crush on You”
“Oslo! (crowd cheers) we got a crush on you! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “I Wanna Marry You”
“Steve was just saying how beautiful it looks from the stage tonight (crowd cheers) you look good! (crowd cheers) you look goddamn beautiful out there…that’s right…the sky…the mountain back there… trees…folks out in the (?) Hey! (crowd cheers) Can you hear me back there? (crowd cheers) give me a little wave, let me know you are out there…oh…(chuckles) that looks good…that looks good… well, I used to spend summer days like this doing pretty much nothing…I had my apartment above a luncheonette and I’d go down and eat a…ham and lettuce and cheese sandwich with mayonnaise… on wheat bread…that was the healthy part (chuckles) I would eat that sandwich every day at the same time…it was one of the things I looked forward to…and every day at the same time there was a woman that would come passing by…and I used to see her and let my mind wander…I would stop…eating that ham and lettuce, cheese, mayonnaise on wheat bread sandwich…and out of respect, watch her walking on by…’cause I thought everything should cease …out of respect when this woman walked by…I thought that the world…cars in the street…people stop shopping, please!…stop going on your way and just stop (the band stops playing) out of respect… respect (crowd cheers) and then when she got to the other side of the street (band starts playing again) the world could do as it pleased then, I didn’t give a damn…(singing:) Sometimes at night when I lie in bed, I still see her face running round my head, sometimes at night when I lie in bed, I still see that face running round my head…here she comes walking down the street, here she comes walking down the street, she’s looking so fine, she’s looking so sweet, yeah, she’s so fine, she’s so sweet…someday I’m gonna make her mine, yeah I know that I will, someday I’m gonna make her mine, yeah I know that I will…someday she’s gonna stop…she’s gonna stop…she’s gonna stop…Steve, out of respect! (Steve stops singing in the background) (crowd cheers) Oh, my little girl, little girl…”

Intro to “Cadillac Ranch”
“Come on and bury my body at the Cadillac Ranch!…”

Intro to “Ramrod”
“Are you ready to ramrod? (crowd cheers)…
(…) Hey Steve! (Steve: “Yeah, baby”)…Steve, is it quitting time? (crowd: “No!”) is it sexy time? (crowd: “No!”) is it time to eat a ham, cheese, mayonnaise on wheat bread sandwich? (crowd: “No!”) then what time is it? (crowd: “Boss time!”)…”

Musical coda of “Wreck on the Highway”
“Well, “The River,” “The River” was about time…time slipping away and how once you enter your adult life, the clock starts ticking and …you walk alongside not only your partner and the friends you’ve chosen to live your life with but you walk alongside your own mortality…and you realize that you’ve got a limited amount of time …to do your work, to raise your family…and to try and do something good…to try and do something good…(music ends)… (crowd cheers) That’s “The River”! (crowd cheers) thank you, thank you very much, the mighty E Street Band! (crowd cheers)…”

After “Lonesome day” / Before “Wrecking ball”
“Let’s hear it for Max! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Shout”
“Is there anybody alive out there? (crowd cheers) Is there anybody left alive out there? (crowd cheers) Is there anybody too tired to keep going? (crowd: “No!”) Is Oslo too tired to keep going? (crowd: “No!”) then what I want you to do…what I want you to do, Oslo…I want you to shake your ass now…come on and shake your ass now …let me see them asses shaking…shake ‘em, baby, shake ‘em, shake…that’s right…that’s right… that’s right…that’s right…that’s right…that’s right…that’s right…
(…) On the guitar and vocals and fiddle, Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) on the organ and accordion, Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) the magic, the mystery of Nils Lofgren on the guitar (crowd cheers) Mr. Jake Clemons on the saxophone (crowd cheers) the mightiest of the mighty, the Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums (crowd cheers) Professor, 88 keys just won’t do, Roy Bittan on the piano (crowd cheers) the man with all the talent, Mr. Garry W. Tallent on the bass (crowd cheers) and last but not least…the King…
the King…the King…the King…uh! oh! uh! oh! uh! oh! the King of the Underground, Little Steven Van Zandt on the guitar (crowd cheers) that’s right!…that’s right!…that’s right!…Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? crowd cheers) Can I get a witness? (crowd cheers) Oslo! (crowd cheers) Oslo! (crowd cheers) Oslo! (crowd cheers) Oslo! (crowd cheers) You’ve just witnessed the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, Earth-shocking, hard rocking, booty-shaking, earthquaking, lovemaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary E Street Band! (crowd cheers)…
(…) I’m just a prisoner…of that ass-shaking rock and roll! (crowd cheers)…
(…) (Steve: “The Boss has left the building…bring him back…bring him back…bring him back…”)

End of “Bobby Jean”
“Vi elsker era (crowd cheers) vi elsker era (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “This Hard Land”
“One more for Oslo (crowd cheers)…”

After “This Hard Land”
“Goodnight, Oslo (crowd cheers) The E Street Band loves you! (crowd cheers) thanks for a great night, beautiful (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi
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