Story 2017-02-18 Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, Australia

Intro to “Who’ll Stop the Rain?”
“Hunter Valley! (crowd cheers) how’s the weather? (crowd cheers) (chuckles) Jesus Christ! (chuckles)…”

Intro to “I Fought the Law”
“It’s been a long time…key of G, E Street Band, can you stump the E Street Band? (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day”
“Alright…(chuckles) last time we did this, we fucked it up terribly (laughs from the crowd)…we got it now, baby, come on, Steve…”

After “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day”
“Woo! very good, very good (chuckles)…

Intro to “Mary’s Place”
“How we doing out there? (crowd cheers) Max!…come on…yes… Max!…”

Middle of “Mary’s Place”
“Ssssh…ssssh…don’t Bruce me (laughs from the crowd) this is the “no Bruce”-section of the show…I need a big ssssh…

Intro to “None But the Brave”
“Alright, a special request…this is a bit obscure…we’ll give it a shot …”

Middle of “Glory Days”
“Come on, Steve, keep rocking, baby (?) do you know what time it is? (Steve: “I know what time it is”) do you know what time it is? (Steve: “I know what time it is”) do you know what time it is?… do you know what time it is? (Steve: “They know what time it is”)… then what time is it? (some in the crowd: “Boss-time”) what time is it? (some in the crowd: “Boss-time”) what time is it? (some in the crowd: “Boss-time”) what time is it? (some in the crowd: “Boss-time”) it’s ass-shaking time, Steve! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “No Surrender”
“Thank you, thank you, Hunter Valley! (crowd cheers) thank you (crowd cheers) alright, we’re here with some friends from the Foodbank of New South Wales, Foodbank of New South Wales is the largest food relief organization in Australia, they rescue food from going to waste and turn it into meals to feed hungry Australians in need, they are the Foodbank of New South Wales, if you see them on your way out, they are your neighbors on the frontlines doing God’s good work, give them a hand, please (crowd cheers) alright, and this is for my man over here who’s been holding this sign up all night long, where is it, where is it?…”No retreat!” (chuckles) (crowd cheers) are you the man? what happened to your sign? where’s your sign? (chuckles) alright… what? can you play? I don’t know – can you?…alright, come on up (crowd cheers)(chuckles) alright, the man says he can play…alright (chuckles) we’ll get you a guitar…get him a guitar…(fan: “I’m from Point Pleasant”) really? (fan: “My father had surgery (?) this is for him”) awww, what’s your name? (fan: “My name is Bill, we’re both Bill”) both Bill? alright, this man is from Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey (crowd cheers)(chuckles) his father just had surgery yesterday so we’re gonna send this one out all the way from Australia to New Jersey for Bill! (crowd cheers)…(?) alright, here we go, this is for Bill, get well fast and soon, here we go…”
[According to the fan joining Bruce onstage is Bill Walsh.]

At the end of “No Surrender”
“Let’s hear it for Bill! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Shout”
“Hunter Valley! (crowd cheers) shake your ass now…light ‘em up, let me see those hands…shake your han now…shake your…hand now…”

Middle of “Shout”
“Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) Brother Charles Giordano (crowd cheers) Brother Nils Lofgren on the guitar (crowd cheers) on the saxophone Brother Jake Clemons (crowd cheers) the Mighty, Mighty, Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums (crowd cheers) Professor Roy “The Spider” Bittan on the piano (crowd cheers) Brother Garry W. the man with the talent on the bass (crowd cheers) and last but not least, on vocals, guitar, consigliere, Little Steven Van Zandt (crowd cheers) alright…alright…alright…alright …alright…alright…alright…alright…alright…alright …alright… alright …alright…alright…alright…Hunter Valley! (crowd cheers) Hunter Valley! (crowd cheers) Australia! (crowd cheers) Australia! (crowd cheers) this is our last night in Australia and I wanna thank everybody that’s come on out to see the E Street Band while we’ve been here Down Under, I want you to leave the building tonight, I want you to dodge the kangaroos on the way out of here, I want you to get back to your house, I want you to call up all of your neighbors and your relatives, I want you to tell them before the morning comes that you’ve just witnessed the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, hard rocking, Earth-shocking, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, lovemaking, (crowd: “Viagra-taking”) Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary E (crowd: “Street Band!”)…
(…) We love you, Australia! (crowd cheers)…”

After “Bobby Jean”
“Thank you, Hunter Valley! (crowd cheers) the E Street Band loves you (crowd cheers) thank you (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “Thunder Road”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) oh…I wanna just take a moment and thank all you folks for coming out and seeing us tonight (crowd cheers) and I wanna thank all our fans all across Australia who’ve come out and supported us on this tour, we love coming down here, we love seeing you guys and we deeply, deeply appreciate your support for our music over these years, thank you very much from us (crowd cheers) one more for Down Under…”

After “Thunder Road”
“Thank you, Australia! (crowd cheers) we’ll be seeing you (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi.
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