The record, which was the artist’s 19th studio album, was released last month and shook off competition from Madonna to go straight to number one in the UK albums chart in its first week.
Springsteen revealed earlier this month that a ‘Western Stars’ movie, directed by Thom Zimny and Springsteen himself, is on the way. Speaking to SiriusXM’s Dave Marsh and Jim Rotolo on July 10, Springsteen said that the film consisted mostly of a live performance of the album.
“We made a film of the ‘Western Stars’ album, where I play the record from start to finish along with some other things,” he said. “We knew we weren’t going to tour, so I was looking for a way to get some of the music live to the audience.”
— SiriusXM (@SIRIUSXM) July 10, 2019
Western Stars will receive its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 5-15.
“The incomparable Bruce Springsteen performs his critically acclaimed latest album and muses on life, rock, and the American dream, in this intimate and personal concert film co-directed by Thom Zimny and Springsteen himself,” a premise for the 83-minute film states. The exact premiere date has yet to be confirmed.
Springsteen said that he was “excited” by the reception that the album received as he thought it was “a little off to the left, and I really didn’t know what kind of response it was gonna get”.
“But, you know, just walking around and talking to fans on the street and seeing how the record was received, it was very exciting and made us look for how we could sort of further that experience for the fans without going out and playing live right now. ‘Cause I’m still working on some other changes,” he added.
Last month, it was announced that a documentary about Springsteen’s late saxophone player, Clarence Clemons, had been completed.