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Springsteen tour focus of documentary

'Road Diary: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band' to screen on Hulu and Disney+ in October

By Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Published: May 23, 2024, 5:59am

PHILADELPHIA — Bruce Springsteen’s current tour with the E Street Band is being chronicled in a new documentary.

“Road Diary: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band,” directed by longtime Springsteen associate Thom Zimny, will screen on Hulu and Disney+ in October.

The film follows Springsteen and the E Street Band members from rehearsals in Red Bank, N.J., through a tour that played the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in March 2023, and was meant to include two shows at Citizens Bank Park in South Philly last August.

Those shows were called off at the last minute due to a Springsteen illness that was mysterious at the time, but was later revealed to be peptic ulcer disease. It resulted in the postponement of all of his tour dates in the fall and winter of 2023.

Springsteen and the E Streeters are back on the road now. They’re scheduled to return to the U.S. this summer, with shows in Pittsburgh on Aug. 14 and 25, before the rescheduled Philadelphia dates on Aug. 21 and 23. They are also slated to play a hometown show at the Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park, N.J., on Sept. 15.

Zimny also directed the Springsteen documentaries focused on his albums “Western Stars” and “Letter to You,” as well as the films “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” and “Willie Nelson and Family.”

“Road Diary” promises “fly-on-the-wall footage of band rehearsals and special moments backstage,” according to a news release, and interviews underscoring the tour’s “themes of life, loss, mortality and community.”

It’s the second Springsteen film project in the works, along with “Deliver Me From Nowhere,” the movie based on Warren Zanes’ book of the same title which will be written and directed by Scott Cooper and stars Jeremy Allen White of “The Bear” as Springsteen. “Succession” star Jeremy Strong is touted to play Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau. That film, about the making of Springsteen’s 1982 album, “Nebraska,” will begin shooting in the fall of this year.