Springsteen’s new album Letter to Youis due out on October 23, 2020. Now we learn that a documentary will accompany the release. Springsteen is the gift that keeps on giving!
Here is a taste of Anthony D’Allessandro’s piece at Deadline:
Apple TV+ will stream Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You documentary on Oct. 23, which is the same day that the 20-time Grammy winner’s new album with The E Street Band Letter to You arrives. Letter to You is Springsteen’s first studio album recorded live and together with the E Street Band since 1984’s Born in the U.S.A.
The project is the next piece in Springsteen’s autobiographical series that began with the memoir Born to Run, continued with Springsteen on Broadway and advanced through his film Western Stars. The doc takes a behind-the-scenes look at Springsteen’s creative process with full performances from The E Street Band, in-studio footage, and never-before-seen archival material. Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You also captures Springsteen recording “Letter To You” live with the full E Street Band, and includes final take performances of ten originals from the new record. Both the album and companion documentary include recently-written Springsteen songs side-by-side with legendary but previously unreleased compositions from the 1970s.
As Chris Jordan of the Asbury Park Press reports, there are some rumblings about a “coming storm.” Here is a taste of his piece:
A very big storm is coming.
That’s the word from music producer Ron Aniello, who’s been working on Bruce Springsteen albums since the 2012 No. 1 hit “Wrecking Ball.”
Aniello’s storm appeared in an Instagram Story video on his account with the cryptic title “It’s coming…” on Aug. 21. Could a new Springsteen and the E Street Band album be coming? Team Springsteen is mum on the subject, but there certainly are signs something big is about to happen.
Aniello has been working at the recording studio in the Colts Neck home of Springsteen during the coronavirus outbreak, said Patti Scialfa, E Street Band member and Springsteen wife, to Rolling Stone. He’s been busy on a new Scialfa album and with Springsteen.
“We’ve been sharing a studio, and Bruce has just been so prolific lately that it’s hard for me to get in there,” Scialfa said. “He’s always like, ‘I have to go do this thing and that thing.’ d”
Who’s the member of the E Street Band joining Bruce Springsteen for a musical performance from his home on the big Wednesday, April 22 Jersey 4 Jersey special?
It’s Ms. Patti Scialfa.
Scialfa, Springsteen’s wife, has officially been added to the lineup of performers on the show, which will benefit the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. She most recently co-starred in the hit “Springsteen on Broadway” with the Boss.
“New Jersey has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic and the people of New Jersey have always stepped up during difficult times,” said Springsteen April 14 on “Good Morning America.” “This is our effort to do everything we can for our folks here in the Garden State, and we hope you’ll join us.”
“I’ve lived many lives,” Springsteen said on stage during a Q&A with Zimny moderated by Chris Phillips of Backstreets Magazine. “I never saw any of that myself.”
Springsteen added that the band was “superstitious about being filmed in the early days” — a reason they never did television appearances.
“You either think you are more handsome than you actually are, or you think you sound better than you actually do,” he said.
But after watching what was preserved — particularly David Sancious at the keyboards for “New York City Serenade” in 1973 and Clarence Clemons’ last-ever performance In Buffalo — he said he is thankful a camera captured it all.
Springsteen fondly recalled the 1975 Bottom Line shows as the time the band was first considered “a contender” and reminisced about writing “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” as a goodbye song as he knew his life was about to change. (In a moment of candor, Springsteen admitted that he was falling asleep watching himself sing a subdued version of “4th of July.”)
In particular, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was pleased with the impact of a performance of “My City of Ruins” at Jazzfest in 2006. He hinted that he would love to see a full video of that show be released.
Also chronicled: a 1996 acoustic version circa 1996 of “The Promised Land” in Freehold and wife Patti Scialfa singing “Tell Him” at the Stone Pony in 1984. Springsteen recounted this performance — which also features former Bon Jovi touring guitarist Bobby Bandiera — nightly during his Broadway show, “Springsteen on Broadway.”
He remarked on a clip of Jake Clemons’ first-ever appearance at the Apollo, with Springsteen later climbing the walls and then shimmying down a pipe to get back to the stage. “I don’t know what I was thinking,” he laughed.
He also said he a resurgence of the Seeger Sessions Band may be in order.
Lofgren is the famed guitarist with Bruce Springsteen’ E Street Band. From CBS news:
Dallas police are looking for the person who stole several guitars from Nils Lofgren, the longtime guitarist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Investigators say somebody broke into Lofgren’s van, which had been parked outside a Holiday Inn, between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
Four guitars and a harp which Lofgren was set to use during a concert Friday night in Dallas were stolen.
“I played it for so many years and it’s travelled the world, so I’m wearing a hole in it. I don’t have quite the hole through it, but it’s about to break. So that was a dear guitar for me,” he told CBS DFW.
Lofgren said he would go forward with his concert and planned on “taking the roof off.” He was able to rent or borrow equipment for the show.
Police say detectives have been assigned to investigate and are working to gather any video evidence related to the case. Lofgren told CBS DFW a thief was caught on surveillance cameras breaking into his van overnight, as it sat parked across from the lobby of a Holiday Inn Express on 4300 block of Communications Drive in Dallas.