Conductor James Levine has returned from an absence of more than two years to lead…
- Posted on Mar 28th 2011 8:30AM by John D. Luerssen
The acclaimed Thom Zimny-directed film -- which chronicles the making of Springsteen's fourth album and was originally unveiled last November as part of a box set -- will add recent live footage of Springsteen and the E Street Band shot in New Jersey.
The bonus material, which was shot in December 2010 at the Carousel House in Asbury Park, in front of just five dozen lucky fans, was filmed by Zimny. Four numbers from Springsteen's recently unearthed 'Darkness' companion album and a holiday staple were performed with the E Street Band during the one-off gig.
Concert renditions of 'Racing in the Street ('78),' 'Gotta Get That Feeling,' 'Ain't Good Enough for You,' the album's title track, plus a version of Elvis Presley's 'Blue Christmas,' will be included. If that's not enough, the project also boasts 'A Conversation With His Fans,' an intimate question-and-answer session with fans that was hosted by Boss biographer Dave Marsh.
The 90-minute film was shot in rehearsals and studio sessions between 1976 and 1978 and chronicles Springsteen rehearsing and recording the album during a turbulent point in his career. He was in the process of settling his lawsuit with former manager Mike Appel -- who appears in the film -- in advance of the studio work. The film counts interviews with Springsteen, members of the E Street Band, Jon Landau and engineer-turned-music mogul Jimmy Iovine.
"We worked hard on the music that we didn't put out," Springsteen tells one fan of 'The Promise' material during the Q&A. "The nice thing about it is it's still there, it hasn't gone anywhere -- and I think we're at a point where it's nice to have the stuff sufficiently see the light of day."
In advance of the DVD/Blu-Ray release, between April 22 and May 3, Springsteen will also screen 'The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge of Town' in a limited theatrical run at community-based not-for-profit specialty cinemas, performing arts centers and independent art houses in the US as a benefit screening and fundraiser.