The new documentary Asbury Park: Riot. Redemption. Rock N' Roll, which includes new and exclusive interviews with Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt, among others, will play in select East Coast theaters in May. The doc, which will premiere on April 28th at The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival (APMFF), “features Springsteen reuniting with his earliest band members to play a now legendary concert to a sold out Paramount Theatre and to trade guitar licks with the future of music in Asbury, a group of 11-year-old rockers who prove the best days for the town must just lie ahead.”
Rolling Stone posted: “Asbury Park will boast never-before-seen performance footage, as well as interviews with Springsteen, Van Zandt, Southside Johnny Lyon, and David Sancious. The upcoming screenings will also feature bonus clips of Springsteen, Van Zandt, Southside Johnny, and the Upstage All-Stars performing at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theater in 2017.”
The screenings will take place at on May 23rd, 26th, 28th, and 29th at assorted theaters throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. For a complete list of theaters and times, log on to : https://www.asburyparkmovietickets.com/
Bruce Springsteen recalled that where he and the E Street Band originally came from played a huge part in the type of music he wrote and performed: “If you grew up an hour outside of New York, like we did along the Jersey Shore — I mean, most of the people in my town had never been to New York City. And there was no one who came along the Jersey Shore to find talent, or songwriters, or bands. It just didn't happen then — this is the late-'60s and early-'70s. You were left in a bit of your own wilderness, y'know? But you had a very specific group of influences and a specific sound. So, what it was bars, y'know, it was bars, cars, girls — it was the things that I ended up writing about.”
Although original E Street Band drummer Vini Lopez is renowned for his work on such Springsteen classics as “Blinded By The Light,” “Spirit In The Night,” “It's Hard To Be A Saint In the City,” “Growin' Up,” “Incident On 57th Street,” “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” “Kitty's Back,” and many others; diehard fans best love his work with Springsteen in such pre-fame groups as Child, Steel Mill, Dr. Zoom And The Sonic Boom, and the Bruce Springsteen Band.
We asked Lopez to shine a light on Steel Mill's ill-fated recording session on February 22nd, 1970 in San Francisco for Bill Graham's Fillmore Records. Although the band was offered a deal, Springsteen balked on Fillmore Records' low advance and passed on the chance to get Steel Mill signed. We asked Lopez what he remembered about the band hitting the studio for the first time: “It was like Star Trek for us (laughs), but we just went in and blew their minds, because we were so rehearsed and good and we went in and did all them songs really quick, the ones we recorded with him. And it was just a lot of fun and to do it was just perfect in those days. We had no experience doing any of that — but that gave us some — with Bill Graham.”