Bruce Springsteen has shot a live film featuring his new Western Stars album performed in its entirety. During a chat with the E Street Radio channel on Sirius XM, “The Boss” revealed that the concert film was shot by Springsteen's longtime film director and archivist Thom Zimny: “We made a film of us playing the Western Stars album start to finish, plus some other things. I knew we weren’t going to tour, so I figured this was the best way to do it. (The film) is looking good — that will be exciting. It will be out in the calendar year.” Western Stars, which was released last month, hit Number One in the UK and entered the Billboard 200 at Number Two.
Springsteen said he was pleased about the positive notices the album has gotten from critics and fans alike: “We’re excited about the whole reception to the record. I thought the record was a little off to the left, didn’t know what response we would get. Seeing how the record was received was very exciting and how we could further that experience for the fans. Fans have come up to me telling me how much they like it.”
Springsteen talked about the importance of a solid and open-minded audience when embarking on a long term career, explaining, “If you want to be great, you need to have a great audience. (Longtime manager) Jon (Landau) and I were talking about this, we worked hard over the years. We have built an audience that follows me where I need to go. That is deeply appreciated by me, something I’m proud of — the fans don’t want to hear a specific group of songs. If I keep the quality of what I’m doing, they’re adventurous to go with me where I want to go. That is the greatest gift to give to an artist: to let (us) go there.”
Bruce Springsteen says that when it comes to his music, he doesn't need to tell his own story in order to bare his soul, explaining that the times he's lived and written in frame his work: “I don't think you necessarily have to draw from experience. I mean, a writer's work is work of the imagination. Uh, you do draw from your internal life, so you do draw from your own sense of loss and. . . you grew up in the Vietnam era and y'know, the families that lost their sons. Mainly, it's and act of the imagination — that's what writing is, y'know? You channel through yourself.”