The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle’s defining moment would arrive via a live show in Boston in 1974. In the audience of this performance stood a captivated Jon Landau, a music critic who was there writing for Real Paper.

“On a night when I needed to feel young (Springsteen) made me feel like I was listening to music for the first time,” wrote Landau.

However perhaps more crucial in acquiring back Columbia’s gaze from the Piano Man was the review’s final line:

“I saw my rock and roll past flash before my eyes. And I saw something else. I saw rock and rolls’ future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”

The label quickly shipped stocks of Springsteen records back into stores while a promotional campaign based off of Landau’s review was initiated.

However it’s not Columbia’s renewed interest in the singer-songwriter that demonstrates the true value of the record.

The music critic, who met the musician after the show, was called in on the crafting of Born To Run when Springsteen needed help overcoming a few hurdles.

Without Landau witnessing one of his hair-raising performances The Boss’ breakthrough may never have happened. That’s not to mention that Landau also worked on every Springsteen record from Born To Run up until the 1992 dual release of Human Touch and Lucky Town.”

“They were just doing the dance they had to in order to survive. Little did he know at the time that there was far more in those E Street moves than just surviving.

40 Years on and Bruce Springsteen is still enchanting with the same riveting and seemingly unflappable onstage energy as a 63-year-old as he was in his early twenties.

Australians witnessed the power of The Boss most recently in March of 2013 on his Wrecking Ball tour (which grossed over 25 million), in support of his seventeenth studio album (and he’ll be back in 2014 for those who missed him).

While it is a rare sight to see an act play for three to four hours, in 1973 and 1974 when Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played two hour shows with multiple encores it was an anomaly.

Few acts with just two albums to their name stray far from your typical forty-five minute set. But for these musicians their careers were made in playing live shows.

The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle as an LP is a strong album, but without the blistering intensity of its live interpretation Landau would have never written that review and the rest wouldn’t have been the history we now admire those musicians for.

Listed in 2012 as Rolling Stone’s 133rd favourite album of all time from 500 and voted by their readers as their fourth most favourite Springsteen album, his sophomore release is one the few records made with The E Street Band that doesn’t come with a hit song or two.


‘New York City Serenade’


‘Willy Billy’s Circus Story (Live)’

Regardless of where you place Springsteen and The E Street Band’s sophomore release on your list of their favourite records its importance and connection to the rest of their careers cannot be understated.

The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle may not be his biggest sales success, but it arrived at an almost long forgotten time when Bruce Springsteen was still underground and relatively undiscovered.

Nonetheless like the releases that would follow it in Born To Run and Darkness On The Edge Of The Town his second record would leave an indelible mark on the rock landscape.

It would also pave the way for Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band to take the world via a rock n roll storm. Clearly the impact that shuffling down E Street would have on these musicians was far from miniscule.

As Springsteen noted, they were just doing the dance they had to in order to survive. Little did he know at the time that there was far more in those E Street moves than just surviving.

Bruce Springsteen Australian Tour 2014

Fri 7 Feb – Perth | Perth Arena (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Sat 8 Feb – Perth | Perth Arena (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Tue 11 Feb – Adelaide | Entertainment Centre (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
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Sat 15 Feb – Melbourne | AAMI Park (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Sun 16 Feb – Melbourne | AAMI Park (All Ages)
with special guests Hunters & Collectors and Dan Sultan
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Wed 19 Feb – Sydney | Allphones Arena(All Ages)
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Sat 22 Feb – Hunter Valley | Hope Estate (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
with special guests The Rubens and Dan Sultan
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Wed 26 Feb – Brisbane | Entertainment Centre (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
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Sat 1 Mar – Auckland | Mt Smart Stadium (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Sun 2 Mar – Auckland | Mt Smart Stadium (All Ages) – NEW SHOW!
with special guest Jimmy Barnes
Ticketmaster.co.nz | Ph: 0800 111 999

Frontier Members pre-sale via www.frontiertouring.com/brucespringsteen
2pm NZST Thursday 5 September – 2pm NZST Friday 6 September
(or until pre-sale allocation is exhausted). Visit the website for more details
General public on sale from 9am NZST Monday 9th September