Out today (October 25th) is Bruce Springsteen's new soundtrack album, Western Stars – Songs From The Film. The Western Stars movie, which was directed by Thom Zimny, opens nationwide today, and premiered earlier this year at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film has been pitched as “a cinematic retelling of Springsteen’s first studio album in five years, as he plays the album backed by a band and full orchestra at Stone Hill Farm in Colts Neck, New Jersey.”
In addition to performing the entire 14-song album from top to tail, Springsteen closes the movie — and album — out with a cover of the Glen Campbell favorite, “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Following the film's premiere in Toronto, Bruce Springsteen revealed what the West represented to him in artistic terms: “For me, it continues to be a mythical landscape. The geography of the West and the Southwest is just something that — just as Americans — we carry inside of us. And so, there's an immediate understanding of that open space, the difficulty in making the most basic human connections, the struggle for community and love. And so it all sort of lays itself out there when you set your narratives in that part of the country.”
When pressed as to why after playing the Western Stars album in its entirety, he decided to cap the movie with a chart-topping Glen Campbell tune released the same year as “Born To Run”: “Glen Campbell was a big influence on me on this record (applause), y'know? And Jimmy Webb. . . and when I came up with it, y'know, Thom said, 'Yeah, yeah, we need something at the end to sort of just. . . .' It's good 'walk out' music, y'know (laughter)?”
On November 4th, Bruce Springsteen will once again headline the annual “Stand Up For Heroes” benefit at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.