Bruce Springsteen has posted the trailer to his upcoming Western Stars movie. In addition to “The Boss” and his band performing the album in full, the trailer depicts Springsteen in character ruminating on his life, interspersed with concert footage, home movies from throughout the decades, and new atmospheric shots of Springsteen in the Southwest.
Springsteen's voiceover in the clip says, in part: “I've spent 35 years learning how to let go of the destructive parts of my character. We all have our broken pieces. Emotionally, spiritually, in this life; no one gets away unhurt.”
The press release for Springsteen's new project reads in part:
Bruce Springsteen‘s first studio album in five years, Western Stars marks a departure for the legendary singer/songwriter while still drawing on his roots. Touching on themes of love and loss, loneliness and family and the inexorable passage of time, the documentary film evokes the American West — both the mythic and the hardscrabble — weaving archival footage and Springsteen’s personal narration with song to tell the story of Western Stars.
Western Stars offers fans the world over their only opportunity to see Springsteen perform all 13 songs on the album, backed up by a band and a full orchestra, under the cathedral ceiling of his historic nearly 100-year-old barn. Western Stars is written and performed by Bruce Springsteen, with special guest Patti Scialfa. Thom Zimny, Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, and George Travis produced the film, with Springsteen serving as executive producer. The original score is by Springsteen.
Bruce Springsteen, who has always reflected on the darker memories of his childhood, explained that dealing with your past is the easiest way to find peace in your present: “The price for not sorting through the issues that make up your emotional life and the choices you're making doesn't stay the same. It gets higher all the time. It gets higher from the same answers and the tricks and the lies you told yourself at 22 — you feel pretty good: 'I'm just goin' on down the road.' Y'know, 25, 26, 28, — 'feel a little less comfortable — but everything's okay (laughs), y'know?' But the older you get, the price goes up. The price goes up, and it keeps getting higher and higher and higher. And you pay more on a daily basis for not coming to grips for some of those things.”