It rained day and night; and yet the city, from its animation, seemed tobe having a holiday. The young ones, sent home from school because ofthe bad weather, were all on the bridges throwing branches into thewater to see how swift the current was, or playing along the lanes closeto the river, planting sticks in the banks and waiting for theever-broadening torrent to reach them.
In the narrow gorge between the Old City and the New, the swollentorrent swept them along like lightning. The barber used his oars justto keep the boat away from the shore. Submerged rocks sent greatwhirlpools to the surface and pulled the boat this way and that. Thelight of the torch cast a dull reddish glow out over the muddy eddies.Tree trunks, refuse, dead animals, went floating by, shapeless masseswith only a few dark points visible above the surface, as though somedead man covered with mud were swimming under water. Out on thatswirling current, with the slimy vapors of the river rising to hisnostrils and the eddies sucking and boiling all around, Rafael thoughthimself the victim of a weird nightmare and began even to repent of hisrashness. Cries kept coming from houses close to the river; windows weresuddenly lighted up; and from them great shadowy arms like the wings ofa windmill waved in greeting to that red flame which people saw glidingpast along the river, bringing the outlines of the boat and the two meninto distinct view. The news of their expedition had spread throughoutthe city and people were on the watch for them as they sped by: "Vivadon Rafael! Viva Brull!"
By this point, Angus was of course half-undressed, and as he bared his ass to the Springsteen faithful, Bruce sang a few lines from The Capris' "There's a Moon Out Tonight" (Garry and Max picked it up quickly for a few bars). "And that, ladies and gentlemen," hollered Springsteen, "is the very first bare-ass-naked moon that has ever shone from the E Street stage!... Not that Stevie hasn't considered it upon occasion... I mean arse! Bare arse!" Midway through one of the "Rosies," thanking his AC/DC guests, Springsteen also turned to thank Tom Morello for serving throughout the Australia run; at that moment, however, Morello's melted brains were being scraped off the stage with a spatula. 2b1af7f3a8