Proof positive that Bruce Springsteen just can't stay away from his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, “The Boss” was on-hand on Saturday night (October 19th) to introduce the first of two showings of his new concert film, Western Stars.
Backstreets.com reported Springsteen and director Thom Zimny surprised the crowd at the AMC Loews Freehold Metroplex Cinema, with Springsteen telling the audience, “We hope you enjoy our film. As I've said, this is a film where we knew we weren’t going to tour, so I tried to figure out a way to get the music to you as evocatively as I could. And so we ended up shooting the musical sections in the barn and the rest of our footage in Joshua Tree National Park — I just hope you enjoy it.”
He went on to ask, “If you have applause, I would save it for the end of the film, because the editing and the pacing of the film has its own message. So, thanks for coming out, thanks for supporting me all these years, and enjoy Western Stars. Good to see you!”
Bruce Springsteen recalled how despite New York bands looking down on the Jersey music scene, he, the E Street Band and Jersey Shore mainstays like Southside Johnny & The Jukes were able to carve out their own brand of '70s rock n' roll: “It's the provinces, y'know, it's provincial, it's the outback, y'know (laughs) — the woods, I guess. But it was somethin' that was good about it was, it allowed a local music scene to come up that had a very — it's own regional identity that was self-sustaining.”
On November 4th, Bruce Springsteen will once again headline the annual “Stand Up For Heroes” benefit at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. In addition to Jon Stewart, who appears every year, this year's comedy event will also feature John Oliver, Hasan Minhaj, Ronny Chieng, with other guests still to be announced.