I recently visited a concert where the singer (an American) said something that puzzled me. He talked about the fact that it was great to be on tour and to having made it this far and then said that he had always wanted to say something from a stage and that: "these words would be: Thank you...etc."
Shouldn´t he have said, "These words are..."?
It is actually a special (or legendary) kind of stage concerning metal bands. Famous bands had played there before they played their gig.