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Photo credit - Rodolfo Sassano. Nice jacket, Bruce.

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14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, intro to “All That Heaven Will Allow”
“How you doing out there? (crowd cheers) alright…(crowd sings the intro melody and Bruce joins a bit) you sound good (crowd continues singing) sing it for them, Ritchie (the horn section starts singing) let’s try this…here she comes walking…there it is (crowd and horn section sing “Here she comes walking”) oh, that’s good (crowd and horn section continue in the background) you got it now…yeah, she’s looking so fine…coming on down the line, yeah… well, should I listen to my heart?...or should I listen to my head?... well, should I listen to my heart now?...or should I listen to my head now?...I wanna get her attention…but I don’t wanna let her know that I wanna get her attention…I just wanna stand and watch her as she walks by…listen to my heart…should I listen to my heart?...what do you think?...well, should I listen to my heart now?...I don’t know…well, should I listen to my heart?...well, should I listen to my heart?...should I? (crowd: “Yeah”) let’s try it now, lookout…”

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, intro to “The River”
“This is for the Italians (crowd cheers)…”

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, intro to “Spare Parts”
“This is a song about a woman struggling to understand the value of her own...individual existence...the value of the life of her child... trying to put away her old dreams...and find something new and beautiful in her life now...”

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, intro to “Paradise by the C”
“The biggest man in Switzerland (crowd cheers)…”

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, intro to ´You Can Look´
”First thing I remember when I was a little child...was somebody telling me…”Now, in this world, there are things you can look at... but that you cannot touch”...I was a little baby in my little diapers crawling across the living room floor heading for that TV set and my mama looked down at me and she said...”Oh, Sweetie...hey, Son, don’t you touch that thing...hey, Son, don’t you touch that thing... well you can look but you can’t touch that thing”...then I was about 12 years old, went downtown into the department store...my mama took me to the toy department...I started heading for one of the toys...salesman came over to me and said “Boy!...hey you, boy! hey!...hey, Son, don’t you touch that thing...oh, Son, don’t you touch that thing...yeah, you can look but you can’t touch that thing”...then I was 17 years old, I was out with my girlfriend...took her to the movies...we sat in the back row...the movie was...John Wayne in “The Searchers”...we sat there in the dark...I started whispering sweet things in her ear...felt her hand on my leg...I put my hand on her leg...I felt her hand on my thighs, I put my hand on her thighs...then I put my arm around her shoulder and I started creeping down and creeping up and she just said “Oh, Son, don’t you touch that thing...hey, Son , don’t you touch that thing ...yeah you can look but don’t you touch that thing”...”

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, intro to “I’m a Coward”
“Is there anybody alive out there tonight? (crowd cheers) is there anybody that can feel the living, breathing spirit down in their souls tonight? (crowd cheers) that’s good....because what I want to know...are there any brave, courageous, heroic Swiss men in the audience tonight? (crowd cheers) do we have any of you macho Italian men out there tonight? (crowd cheers)...oh yeah...because I’ve known men that would swim rivers, that would climb mountains, that would wrestle with the beasts of the jungle...but there was one thing they was afraid of...you wanna know what that one thing was?...do you want to know what that one thing was?... what I’m talking about is L-U-V, I’m talking about love, that’s right, have you been in love? (crowd cheers) I’ve known men so afraid of love that when they got next to it, they ran home like little babies to their mommies...now, do we have any sweet, courageous, heroic, tough, sexy Swiss women out there tonight? (crowd cheers) come on, let me see you, girls (crowd cheers) I wanna hear you, girls (crowd cheers) because I’m talking to you too, that’s right... I’ve known women that when they got next to love, they ran home to their loneliness and to their isolation...now, I’m not just down here pointing a finger...I’m down here tonight because I’ve got a confession that I’ve got to make...and what I want to say is that I have sinned!...that’s right and I ain’t ashamed and Jimmy Swaggert and Jerry Fallwell, them suckers can kiss my ass, baby...now, I’m a brave man if I don’t say so myself...but what I’ve got to confess to, what I’ve got to testify to is, what I’ve got to confess to is...that I’m a coward when it comes to love...”

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, middle of “Dancing in the Dark”
“Sometimes I feel…I get feeling so lonely…I get feeling so downhearted…I get depressed…I get angry…that’s when I know that I gotta reach out for somebody because I need a little help… and I’m searching, I’m searching, I’m searching for my baby…yeah, I’m looking, I’m looking, I’m looking for my baby…well, I’m searching, I’m searching, I’m searching for my baby…yeah, I’m looking, I’m looking, I’m looking for my baby…well, I’m searching, I’m searching, I’m searching for my baby…yeah, I’m looking, I’m looking, I’m looking for my baby…well, I’m searching, I’m searching, I’m searching for my baby…oh yeah, I’m looking, I’m looking, I’m looking for my baby…come on, Sugar…”

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, middle of “Light of Day”
“On the piano, Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) on the drums, the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) on the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) on the guitar and vocals, Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) on the bass guitar, Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) on the organ, Phantom Dan Federici (crowd cheers) and back on the horns we got Eddie “Kingfish” Manion, Richie La Bamba, Mark the Love Man, Mike, Mario Cruz – the mighty Horns of Love (crowd cheers) and last but not least we got the handsomest, the biggest, the most devastating, the most incredible, the incorrigilous*, the unbelievable, the inimitable, the one, the only, the king of the world, the master of the universe, Clarence “Big Man” Clemons on the saxophone...”
[* The word Bruce is probably looking for here is “incorrigible.”]

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, intro to “Follow That Dream”
“Thank you...we haven’t been, uh...we haven’t been in Switzerland since 1981, it’s nice to be back, thank you (crowd cheers) this is for, uh, my two friends down there...if I can remember it now...this was a favorite Elvis Presley song of mine (crowd cheers)...”

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, intro to “Cadillac Ranch”
“Have you ever seen a Cadillac? (crowd cheers)…”

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, at the end of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
“You look real tired to me…I think you’re getting tired about now (crowd: “No”) oh yeah…you know, you’ve been standing all day…it’s getting kind of late…I can tell when the audience looks like they’re getting a little tired out there…I don’t think you can stand no more, man! (crowd cheers) I don’t think you can take it (crowd cheers) I don’t think you can! (crowd cheers) are you sure? (crowd cheers) are you sure? (crowd cheers) are you sure? (crowd cheers) I got a question I wanna ask you…”

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, intro to “Raise Your Hand”
“I want everybody to say “Yeah” (crowd: “Yeah”) I want everybody to say “What?” (crowd: “What?) I want everybody to say “Woo” (crowd: “Woo”) are you ready for a little religious liberation? (crowd: “Yeah”) a little spiritual affirmation? (crowd: “Yeah”) a little sexual consummation? (crowd: “Yeah”) then just raise your hand one time…
(…) I’m a man in deep conflict, it’s getting very late – should I stay? (crowd: “Yeah”) or should I go? (crowd: “No”) should I stay? (crowd: “Yeah”) or should I go? (crowd: “No”) should I stay? (crowd: “Yeah”) or should I go? (crowd: “No”) well, if you want me to stay, you better raise your hand…”

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, at the end of “Twist and Shout”
“That’s all she wrote!...”

14.07.88 Basel, Switzerland, after “Twist and Shout”
“Thank you, we love you, goodnight now (crowd cheers) thank you (crowd cheers) the E Street Band (crowd cheers) Clarence Clemons (crowd cheers) your personal selves (crowd cheers) thank you very much (crowd cheers)…”

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi


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