Bruce Springsteen announces 'Western Stars' film, thanks fans for growing with him

Chris Jordan
Asbury Park Press
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It’s "Western Stars," the film, and a thank you to his fans.

Bruce Springsteen called into Sirius XM’s E Street Radio on Wednesday, July 10, to drop the news that a “Western Stars” film, directed by Thom Zimny, will be released by the end of the year. The Boss also talked about how his relationship with his fans allows his creative spirit to flourish in the 10-minute chat with Dave Marsh and Jim Rotolo.

Bruce Springsteen by Danny Clinch

“We made a film of the ‘Western Stars’ album,” said Springsteen, calling from his car after a trip to the gym. “I played the record from start to finish, along with some other things, because we knew we weren’t going to tour, so I was looking for  a way to get some of the music live to an audience, so we figured  that was the best way to do it.”

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The critically acclaimed “Western Stars” is a new direction from Springsteen, influenced, in part, by the Southern California pop records of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

“We’re excited by the whole reception of the record because I thought the record was a little off to the left, and I really didn’t know what kind of response it would get,” Springsteen said. “Just walking around and talking to fans on the street and seeing how the record was received, it was very exciting and it made us look for how we could further that experience for the fans without going out and playing live right now because I’m still working on some other things, too.”

Springsteen has previously said that “some other things” include recording with the E Street Band in the fall and touring next year. As for “Western Stars,” it’s part of his growth as an artist, partly allowed by his fans.

“Jon (Landau, manager), and I were talking about this, we worked hard over the years,” Springsteen said.  “We have built an audience that follows me where I need to go and that is something that is so deeply appreciated by me, it’s really something I’m proud of. They’re not stuck in a rut, they don’t want to hear a specific group of songs. They’re adventurous as far as if I keep the quality of what I’m doing, they’re adventurous as far as going with me where I want to go. That is the greatest gift to give an audience can give an artist, is room to be who he is. To create what he feels and to know you have open ears when you put that out. it was very, very satisfying and very exciting to see the reception the record got from fans.”

Bruce Springsteen on stage with Garry Tallent at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

The Springsteen audience is an elemental part of his success, he said.

“It’s a lovely thing and just want to send a thank you out to my great audience out there,” Springsteen said. “If you want to be great, you need to have a great audience. It’s just something I’m very proud of over the years, how we developed together and how we’ve grown together. That was my dream as a young musician.”

The Boss planned it that way.

“I knew from the start, when I was 22, 23,” Springsteen said. “I remember a guy, a very popular musician who had a hit at the moment, he walked into Kenny’s Castaways (the former New York City club) when I was playing in 1973 and there was about 20 people in there, and he seen me with my band at the Shore playing to thousands of people. He came up to up to me and said what are you doing, what in the world are you doing here? But I knew what I was doing. I was looking to play the long game right from when I was young. I believed if I achieved what I felt was my complete best, that things would  work out. There would be audience there eventually that would respond. There’s some element of luck along with the hard work and the dedication that comes with it. That happened and we never looked back. To be this far in, and to see how that game developed and what it’s meant for me and my life and hopefully what it’s meant for my fans, it’s one of the most deeply satisfying parts of my life right now.”

 Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. His multiple awards include recognition for stories on both Bruce Springsteen and Snooki.  Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; Stay with or consider a subscription today.

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