FREEHOLD – Singer Bruce Springsteen surprised residents in his hometown of Freehold recently with an in-person introduction of his concert/documentary film screening, “Western Stars.”
On Oct. 19, the singer, dressed in plain clothes including a brown jacket spoke to fans at the AMC Freehold 14 movie theater noting that he and his band knew “we were not going to tour so I tried to figure out a way to get the music out to you,” he said in a video that was shot in the theater and which has reached social media.
In that video the 70-year-old performer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer remarked that the film includes segments shot at his Colts Neck farm and in Joshua Tree National Park. He asked that attendees save any applause until the conclusion of the movie adding that the editing and pacing of the film had “its own message.”
Springsteen thanked his fans saying, “thanks for coming out and supporting me all these years.”
The film’s reception proved so popular that it was screened in two theaters and each time, Springsteen showed up. This marked his second visit to Freehold in a month. Last month he showed up for the opening of the exhibit, “Springsteen: His Hometown.”
The performer sang one song with Joe Grushecky at the opening of the exhibit which remains on display on Court Street, Freehold at the Monmouth County Historical Association.
Springsteen co-directed the film with Thom Zimny which will open nation-wide on Oct. 25. It will get another sneak peek viewing on Oct. 23