Story 2009-11-07 New York City, NY

07.11.09 New York, NY, intro to “Thundercrack”
“Good evening, New York City (crowd cheers) yes…glad to have you with us tonight (crowd cheers) we’re gonna start out with something we don’t play much, it was an outtake from “Wild and the Innocent,” here we go…”

07.11.09 New York, NY, intro to “Working on a Dream”
“Good evening, New York City (crowd cheers) we’re so glad to be here in the wonderful Madison Square Garden tonight (crowd cheers) and we’ve been travelling and travelling and we’ve gone thousands of miles and played night after night after night just to be here tonight (crowd cheers) and we plan to fulfil our solemn vow to rock the house! (crowd cheers) but as always we’ve come for more than just to rock the house, we wanna come here and build a house in Madison Square Garden tonight…out of music and out of spirit and out of some New York soul (crowd cheers) and out of noise…now the mighty E Street Band has sworn to bring down the power of the music on you tonight (crowd cheers) but, New York City, we…need…you…to…bring…the…noise! (crowd cheers) let me hear you (crowd cheers) let them hear you in Jersey (crowd cheers) now sing it like you mean it…”

07.11.09 New York, NY, intro to “The E Street Shuffle”
“Thank you, everybody, thanks for being here tonight (crowd cheers) we got the last eight shows of our, of our tour going down, we’ve been on the road for, uh, between these two records for a couple of years, we appreciate everybody coming out and supporting us (crowd cheers) and uh…as we’ve gotten towards the close here, we’ve tried to think of what we could do that’d be a nice treat for the fans and fun for us so we’ve been playing a variety of different records, the other night we played “Born to Run,” “Born in the U.S.A,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” but tonight…we’re gonna do something that’s never been done before (crowd cheers) never…ever…I hope we can do it…this was a record, this was the second record that I made and, uh (crowd cheers) it came out, it didn’t do that well, uh, but it was an interesting record, it was sort of, half of the songs were kind of about, are sort of set in New Jersey and around our, our little street corner (crowd cheers) “E Street Shuffle,” “Sandy,” “Wild Billy’s Circus Story,” uh, “Rosie,” those are all New Jersey songs, and the other half was sort of my romantic ideas and fantasies of New York City (crowd cheers) “Kitty’s Back,” “New York City Serenade” and “Incident”…so, uh… here we go, this is, uh…this is “The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle” (crowd cheers) sssh, sssh…sssh…”

07.11.09 New York, NY, intro to “Wild Billy’s Circus Story”
“Give that man some light…”

07.11.09 New York, NY, after “New York City Serenade”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) Richard Blackwell on the congas…played on the original record…we were baby boys together from the neighbourhood (chuckles) don’t be talking about me now (chuckled) Sam Bardfeld and the Strings, stand up, take a bow (crowd cheers) yes, yes, thank you, thank you, you did a great job, and Curt Ramm and the horn section, come on out (crowd cheers) take a bow, men…yes (crowd cheers) and the mighty E Street Band, the Big Man (crowd cheers)…”

07.11.09 New York, NY, intro to “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day”
“Alright, we’re gonna send this one out for my old friend Kid Leo… his daughter Val and Jack who are here tonight…and Jack is asking Val to marry him right now! (crowd cheers) where’s that happening?…is that actually happening? (chuckles)…are they here?…they couldn’t wait, they’re down at the six-dollar motel outside of (?)(chuckles)…”

07.11.09 New York, NY, intro to “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?”
“This first…keep going…this is for New York! (crowd cheers)…are you ready, C?…key of “G”…New York…”

07.11.09 New York, NY, intro to “Glory Days”
“It must be done, it must be done…congratulations, New York! (crowd cheers) New York City!…
(…) Oh, that’s right, Stevie (Steve: “Yeah, baby?”)(?) World Champs (?) this is for Mariano…this is for Jeter…Damon…Girardi… (?)…Swisher…”

07.11.09 New York, NY, intro to “Wrecking Ball”
“Yes, yes…thank you, thank you, thank you for coming out, we had a great night (crowd cheers) woo!…yes…oh yeah…let’s hear it one more time for all the musicians that helped us out on “The Wild and the Innocent” there (crowd cheers) thank you, Sam, thank you, Curt, thank you, Richie…in 1975 the late Harry Chapin founded World Hunger Year…to address poverty issues here in the United States and to provide emergency food for those in crisis and to work on long-term solutions to end the cycle of poverty throughout America, World Hunger Year’s with us tonight in the hall, if you see them, all you gotta do is pick up the newspapers to see the crushing times that so many people are having out there, so much unemployment, people who’ve worked their whole lives without jobs, organizations like World Hunger Year are often instrumental in making sure that kids don’t go to bed at night hungry, please if you see them on the way out, World Hunger Year…
(…) Now, my home’s in the Meadowlands but tonight New York City’s going up in flames (crowd cheers) where the blood is spilled, the Garden’s filled and Walt Frazier played his game…”

07.11.09 New York, NY, intro to “American Land”
“Thank you, New York, for coming out tonight (crowd cheers)…
(…) The incredible Little Steven (crowd cheers) the First Lady of the E Street Band, Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers) Curtis King (crowd cheers) Curt Ramm (crowd cheers) Sam Bardfeld (crowd cheers) Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) Cindy Mizelle (crowd cheers) one of the greatest guitarists in the world, Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) and author…man of letters…saxophonist… he’s bigger than Shakespeare…the biggest man you’ve ever seen, Clarence “Big Man” Clemons (crowd cheers) New York City! (crowd cheers) New York City! (crowd cheers) New York City! (crowd cheers) New York City! (crowd cheers) New York City! (crowd cheers) you’ve just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, earth-shocking, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, love-making, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary (crowd: “E Street Band”)(crowd cheers)…”

07.11.09 New York, NY, intro to “Higher and Higher”
“Come on out, Elvis…Elvis Costello’s gonna join us for one (crowd cheers) my good friend…”

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi

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