Story 2017-02-25 Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand

Intro to “Working on the Highway”
“Good evening!…this is our last night working on the highway Down Under (crowd cheers)…”

Middle of “Glory Days”
“Come on, Steve!…let’s hear it for Steve! (crowd cheers) not too much! (chuckles)…think I’m going to the well tonight…
(…) Come on, Steve!…how do I look?…I look fucking ridiculous (chuckles)…come on! come on! come on!…(?)…keep that thing rocking now, Steve (Steve: “Yeah, baby”) keep on going, baby (Steve: “Rocking in Auckland”) come on, Steve (Steve: “I’m with you, baby”) are you with me, kid? (Steve: “Yeah”) is the band with me? (Steve: “Yeah”) are the people with me? (crowd cheers) Steve, it’s ass-shaking time! (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to “My City of Ruins”
“Oh, that’s right now…alright now…this is a song about putting things back together…after they’ve fallen apart…putting things back together…after they’ve fallen apart…’cause everything falls apart… and you gotta use your heart now…and you gotta use your hands now…oh yeah now…Max!…”

Middle of “My City of Ruins”
“Oh, if you’ve lost something…I originally wrote this song about my adopted hometown, Asbury Park…it was going through a lot of hard, hard times for more than a quarter of a century…but, uh, slowly put itself back together again but since I’ve written it, it’s become about a lot of different things, mainly about, I guess, the things that we lose as life goes on…the older you get…the more that loss weighs on you…well, they made that change uptown now… yeah, they made that change uptown now…when they made that change uptown…when they made that change uptown now…when they made the change uptown…when they made the change uptown now…oh, yes, the change was made uptown…the change was made uptown now…now there’s tears…yes, now there’s tears… teardrops on the city…oh, now there’s tears…oh yes, teardrops on the city…”

Intro to “Backstreets”
“Woo! (crowd cheers) thank you! (crowd cheers) thank you, Auckland! (crowd cheers) thanks for coming out tonight…we got some friends in the house from the Auckland City Mission, Auckland City Mission supports thousands of struggling Aucklanders every year, they address the person’s immediate needs, they provide social services to improve their situation, they’re the Auckland City Mission, they’re your neighbors out on the frontline doing good work, if you get a chance to see them on your way out, give them a hand (crowd cheers) this is the, uh, last night of our tour down here (crowd cheers) I wanna thank everyone for coming out to the show, wanna thank all the folks in Christchurch also for coming out and seeing us (crowd cheers) this is, uh, I wanna thank all of our production people, our band crew, our sound crew, lighting crew, our video crew, our carpenters, our electricians, our wardrobe, our dressing rooms, our drivers, our stage security, our stage managers, road managers, logistics people, merchandise crew, riggers, caterers, I wanna thank John Cooper, Todd Ricci and I wanna thank George Travis for making it all possible (crowd cheers) and Miss Barbara Carr from Landau Management (crowd cheers) thanks so much, go ahead, Roy…”

Middle of “Backstreets”
“Until the end…until the end…forever friends…forever friends…until the end…until the end…forever friends…forever friends…till the end …until the end…”

Intro to “Shout”
“Wait a minute…I want you to shake, I want you to shake, I want you to shake, I want you to shake, I want you to shake, I want you to shake your…ass now…shake your ass now…bring ‘em up!…come on and shake, shake, shake, shake your…ass now…”

Middle of “Shout”
“Sister Soozie Tyrell on the guitar, vocals and fiddle (crowd cheers) Brother Charlie Giordano on the accordion and organ (crowd cheers) Brother Nils Lofgren on the guitar and vocals (crowd cheers) Brother Jake Clemons on the saxophone (crowd cheers) the Mighty, Mighty, Mighty, Mighty, Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums (crowd cheers) Professor Roy “Spider” Bittan on the piano (crowd cheers) Brother Garry W. Tallent on the bass guitar (crowd cheers) and last but not least, guitarist, vocalist, consigliere, I’m talking about Little Steeeeeeven Van Zandt (crowd cheers) that’s right… that’s right…oh yeah…oh yeah…oh yeah…oh yeah…oh yeah…oh yeah…oh yeah…hey…oh yeah…oh yeah…oh yeah…Auckland! (crowd cheers) Auckland! (crowd cheers) Auckland! (crowd cheers) I want you to go home tonight, I want you to go down to your street, I want you to knock on every door on your street and I want you to get your neighbors out of their bed in their pyjammies, I want you to get them out on the street, I want you to look them into their faces and I want you to tell them that you, you, you have just witnessed 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!”)…
(…) Thank you! (crowd cheers) I can’t stop!…I can’t stop!…I can’t stop!…I can’t stop!…I can’t stop!…I can’t stop myself!…I can’t stop!…”

Intro to “Thunder Road”
“One more for Auckland (crowd cheers)…”

After “Thunder Road”
“Thank you, we love you! (crowd cheers) thanks for a great night, we’ll be seeing you (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi
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