In the trailer for “Western Stars,” Bruce Springsteen takes a wistful look back at his life, the demons he’s overcome and the work he’s done to shine a light in the world.
“The older you get, the heavier that baggage becomes that you have to sort through, so you run. I’ve done a lot of that kind of running,” Springsteen says. “I’ve spent 35 years trying to learn how to let go of the destructive parts of my character. And I still have days when I struggle with it.”
“Western Stars” is a documentary and concert film co-directed by Springsteen and Thom Zimny that includes archival footage of the Boss along with a live performance of all 13 songs featured on his album of the same name. The film was made in lieu of a concert tour to support of the album. Springsteen staged an intimate performance within a 100-year-old barn to capture the acoustic and melancholy tones of the album.
Warner Bros. acquired the film last week ahead of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the studio has dated it for an October release.
Springsteen is also an executive producer, with Zimny, Jon Landau, Barbara Carr and George Travis are all producing.
“Western Stars” is Springsteen’s 19th studio album and his first of completely new material since 2009’s “Working on a Dream.” The more acoustic, cinematic sounding album, featuring singles like “Hello Sunshine” and “There Goes My Miracle,” earned Springsteen some of his best reviews in recent years, and the album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Watch the first trailer for the documentary above.