Story 2017-02-16 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia

Intro to “Working on a Dream”
“Good evening, Brisbane! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Roll of the Dice”
“Alright, are you feeling lucky tonight? (crowd cheers) are you ready to roll the dice with the E Street Band? (crowd cheers) Well, I’ve been a losing gambler, I’ve been throwing snake eyes…love ain’t got me downhearted, I know up around the corner lies my fool’s paradise in just another roll of the dice…just keep that going, Professor, give me that riff one more time (Roy keeps playing) I’m making this up as I go (chuckles) what was supposed to happen right there…what was supposed to happen right there…what was supposed to happen was this…a one, two, three, four (band starts playing)…Well, I’ve been a losing gambler…”

Intro to “Long Time Comin’”
“Alright, good evening, good evening…woo!…alright, I got, I got three kids, they’re in their twenties now…and, uh, they’re out there living their own lives…so, uh, by this time you’ve either done it right for ‘em or you’ve fucked the whole thing up, I don’t know (laughs from the crowd) I hope we’ve done it right, but this is a song about…uh…hoping your kids don’t make the same mistakes, you don’t, you don’t hand down the same chains and the same mistakes that were handed down to you, that they got their own lives to live and their own mistakes to make…”

Intro to “Growin’ Up”
“Alright…“Missed school, in the shit now” – I’m looking at this sign out there, show me that…”Missed school, in the shit now, can I play “Growin’ Up” with you?” (crowd cheers) do you know the song?… you do? you know it on guitar?…you do? come on up (chuckles) (crowd cheers)(chuckles)…”
[Bruce brings up a fan named Nathan to sing and play on the song.]

Middle of “Growin’ Up”
“Before we continue…before we continue…a lesson…bring the band down…oh, very good (chuckles) (crowd cheers) alright, now, when I was your age, I got my first guitar…I brought it home and I realized that it wasn’t about how well you played it but how good you looked doing it (chuckles)(laughs from the crowd) so I got in front of the mirror and I tried out some different poses…let me give you a quick lesson…(crowd cheers)…and when you find the right one…it sounds like this…(band kicks back in)…”

After “Growin’ Up”
“Let’s hear it for him! (crowd cheers) I have seen the future of rock and roll and his name is…Nathan Testa (chuckles)(crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Mary’s Place”
“Uh, I got somebody’s iPhone (laughs from the crowd)(chuckles)… this is somebody’s iPhone – that’s a first! (chuckles) it’ll be backstage for you (chuckles) oh, “Mary’s Place”…alright, this is for the folks up in the back(crowd cheers) the lady with the print on the bed sheet, that’s right! (chuckles)…”

Intro to “Jungleland”
“Thank you! (crowd cheers) thank you…woo! alright…we got some friends in the house tonight, folks from OzHarvest, OzHarvest is on a mission to eliminate hunger and food waste, they collect excess food from restaurants and markets and they deliver it to charities that serve the hungry here in your community, uh, they are good folks out on the frontlines doing God’s work, if you see them tonight, give a hand to OzHarvest on the way out (crowd cheers) uh, since we’ve been down here, we’ve met a lot of, met a lot of folks and particularly I can’t believe how far away some folks have come down to see the band (crowd cheers) and of course Australia is really fantastic (chuckles) (crowd cheers) so I met a fellow the other day, came from Canada, said he’d been to a lot of shows – yeah! you from Canada? alright (?) alright (chuckles) that’s incredible (chuckles) I’m headed your way soon (chuckles) and, uh, said he’d been to a lot of shows but he never heard this one so we’re gonna play this one for Brett tonight!…”

Intro to “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
“Get on up there!…get those asses out of those seats…come on!… you have permission to stand, that’s right…come on…come on… come on…come on…come on…come on…come on…bring it up, bring it up…come on…come on…one, two, three…woo!…work that magic, work them magic fingers, magic fingers!…that’s right…that’s right…”

Intro to “Shout”
“It’s time…it’s time…it’s time…it’s time…it’s time…it’s time…it’s time …it’s time…to shake your ass now…I want you to shake your ass now…in the stands I wanna see you shake your asses…shake your ass now…”

Middle of “Shout”
“Sister Soozie Tyrell on the fiddle, guitar and vocals (crowd cheers) Brother Charles Giordano on the organ and accordion (crowd cheers) the untouchable Brother Nils Lofgren on the guitar (crowd cheers) on the saxophone Brother Jake Clemons (crowd cheers) on the drums, the mightiest of the mighty, the Mighty, Mighty Max (crowd cheers) on the piano, Professor Roy “Spider” Bittan (crowd cheers) on the bass guitar, Brother Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) and last but not least, on the guitar and vocals, consigliere to the jefe de jefes, I’m talking about on the guitar and vocals, Little Steeeeeeven Van Zandt (crowd cheers) alright…alright…alright… alright…alright…alright…alright…alright…Brisbane! (crowd cheers) Brisbane! (crowd cheers) what’s my name? (crowd: “Bruce!”) what’s my name? (crowd: “Bruce!”) what’s my name? (crowd: “Bruce!”) I want you to leave the arena tonight and I want you to get into your car, I want you to drive home, I want you to go to your street, I want you to knock on every door on your street, I want you to get your neighbors out of their beds and into their pyjammies, I want them to come downstairs and when they get out on to the street, I want you to look them straight into the face and I want you to tell them that you’ve just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, Earth-shocking, hard rocking, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, lovemaking, (crowd: “Viagra-taking”) Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary E (crowd: “Street Band!”)…
(…) We gotta go home to our little beddy now…I gotta go home and eat a cheeseburger…and watch some pornographic movies on the telly…I gotta go…well…maybe if the applause is loud enough, I can stay a little bit longer (crowd cheers) little bit louder than that (crowd cheers) little bit louder than that (crowd cheers) little bit louder than that (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Thunder Road”
“It ain’t over till it’s over…it ain’t over till it’s over…one more for Brisbane (crowd cheers) one more for Brisbane (crowd cheers) one more for Brisbane (crowd cheers) one more – Professor!…”

After “Thunder Road”
“Thank you, Brisbane, for two great nights (crowd cheers) the E Street Band loves you (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi.
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