The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle: Madison Square Garden, New York November 7, 2009

The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle is the second album by Bruce Springsteen and the as-yet-unnamed E Street Band, and is described by Allmusic as “one of the greatest albums in the history of rock & roll.”

I leave every Bruce show feeling like it was the best show I have ever seen, but there was something extremely rare, magical and ethereal about WIESS- MSG 2009. I was in an altered state from it. Nothing compares to that show for me.

I would like to share a memory from that show. By that point in the tour, my concert buddies were ‘bruced’ out (I have all new concert buddies now)… there was no way I was missing that show, so I went alone, which can be the best way to go sometimes. I did not have great seats, and had to climb over an older man who was slumped in his seat, looking grouchy and annoyed. He was sitting on the aisle and was also alone and obviously didn’t want to talk to anyone. When the show opened with Thundercrack, I couldn’t contain myself and screamed to him “Oh my god, oh my god!” He kind of smiled. I was in a complete zone of ecstasy. When Bruce played Sandy, I felt someone grab my arm, pull me close and whisper in a thick Irish brogue “that was me wife’s name, this song is the reason I’m here” and he was very emotional. He had flown in from Ireland just for that one show. We shared the rest of the show together. It was an unforgettable experience.

Jill Ray  March, 2011

Even from my seat, it was the most magical experience.

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