Bruce Springsteen hasn’t said much about his new solo album since it was released, but he says a lot in the new trailer for the concert film version of Western Stars.
The LP was a departure for the 69-year-old, who said his songwriting on it was influenced by 70s California pop. But the tracks still have Bruce’s legendary storytelling at their heart with themes including loneliness and the American West.
“It’s easy to lose yourself or never find yourself,” Springsteen says while narrating the clip. “The older you get, the heavier that baggage becomes that you haven’t sorted through, so you run. I’ve done a lot of that kind of running. I’ve spent 35 years trying to learn how to let go of the destructive parts of my character and I still have days when I struggle with it.”
The film features Springsteen performing the new songs in a 100-year-old barn with the backing band he used on the album and an orchestra. It’s the only chance fans will get to hear the entire album in a live setting because he will not be touring in support of it.
Western Stars the movie will include Springsteen’s narration – he’s become good at it since honing his chops on Broadway – and archival footage. One of the clips featured in the trailer shows Bruce spending time with wife Patti Scialfa years ago.
“We all have our broken pieces,” he says. “Emotionally, spiritually, in this life nobody gets away unhurt. We’re always trying to find someone whose broken pieces fit with our broken pieces and something whole emerges.”
The film was directed by Thom Zimny along with Springsteen in his directorial debut and is expected to be a real treat for fans.
“Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers,” said Toby Emmerich of Warner Brothers. “With Western Stars, Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead. As one of his many fans for over 40 years, I couldn’t be happier to be a rider on this train with Bruce and Thom.”
Western Stars will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September and will debut in theaters around the world in October.