Bruce Springsteen and Martin Scorsese chatted with each other on Sunday night (May 5th) at L.A.'s Raleigh Studios, kicking off Netflix's “FYSee” Emmy campaign. Variety reported that “The Boss” was promoting his Springsteen On Broadway special with Scorsese doing the same for his upcoming film The Irishmen, and together the pair touched upon a range of topics.
Interestingly, Springsteen, who'll release his latest solo album Western Stars on June 14th, revealed a new E Street Band album is in the works: “It’s like I’ve spent about seven years without writing anything for the band. I couldn’t write anything for the band. And I said, 'Well, of course. . . you’ll never be able to do that again!’ And it’s a trick every time you do it, y'know? But it’s a trick that, because of that fact that you can’t explain, cannot be self-consciously duplicated. It has to come to you in inspiration.”
Springsteen went on to say, “And then about a month or so ago, I wrote almost an album’s worth of material for the band. And it came out of just. . . I mean, I know where it came from, but at the same time, it just came out of almost nowhere. And it was good, y'know? I had about two weeks of those little daily visitations, and it was so nice.”
He went on to laugh, saying, “It makes you so happy. You go, ‘F***, I’m not f***ed, all right? There’ll be another tour!”
Both the rock icon and legendary filmmaker touched upon their shared Catholic upbringing, with Springsteen speaking frankly about where he stands today regarding matters of spirituality, explaining, “I think as you get older, what you grow comfortable with is that faith is faith. It’s about all of the mysteries and the answers that you’re never gonna come up with. And I think trying to build it around these concrete answers is vain and humanistic. But if you let it be, that’s where you find a little bit of peace in it. That’s what I’ve found, anyway.”
Over the years, we've been lucky enough to talk to Bruce Springsteen about his work and how the E Street Band has figured into his music. He explained to us that following a decade-long hiatus, the band reconvening in 1999 meant a tremendous amount to him and each and every member of the band: “It was a great time for all of us. We're probably one of the few bands where everybody's alive. Y'know, and everybody's healthy, and all the relationships are intact. And I think that we've gotten to a place where everybody realizes, 'Wow, this is a very singular thing.' Y'know, it's a unique thing; this group of people playing together in this fashion. And that we created something together that was a big, big part of our own lives, y'know? And a big part of our audience's life and we wanted to live up to that thing. And we wanted to continue to serve in the fashion that we served before with our audience, y'know? And those were really — and those were the critical issues when we got together, y'know, to come out on the road. And I think they were things that you really weren't going top know the answers to till you got out and played.”