Bruce Springsteen Breaks Down His New 1979 Concert Movie 'No Nukes'

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In new interviews, Springsteen, Jon Landau, and director Thom Zimny discuss the upcoming concert movie filmed at Springsteen's legendary Madison Square Garden shows
During the early days of the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen resisted nearly every opportunity to capture the magic of their live show on film. "I had some voodoo thing about that," he tells Rolling Stone a few hours before taking the stage for one of his final Broadway shows. "Film and television were relatively cool mediums, and we were a hot band. I said, 'If you want to feel that heat, you need to be at that show.'"

He made a rare exception to that rule in September 1979, when he agreed to perform at two No Nukes benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden alongside Jackson Browne, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, the Doobie Brothers, and Carly Simon. "They were filming it," Springsteen says. "They said, 'You'll have a choice of whether you're in the movie or not.' That meant I didn't have to think about the cameras since I knew I could throw it away if I wanted to."

He ultimately let the event organizers use his performances of "The River," "Thunder Road," and "Quarter to Three" as the climax of the 1980 concert movie No Nukes, but the vast majority of the three hours of E Street music that was filmed over two nights ended up stuffed into a vault and not seen by the public for the next four decades.

That will change on November 16th, when Springsteen's new movie, The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts, is released for purchase on all digital film outlets. Three days later, it will be available as a two-CD plus DVD or two-CD plus Blu-Ray package (as well as on LP), and on the 23rd it will be up for digital rental. The film is directed by Springsteen's longtime collaborator Thom Zimny and features the best moments from both of Springsteen's No Nukes performances, including explosive renditions of "Born to Run," "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)," "Badlands," "Prove It All Night," and "The Detroit Medley." Without question, it is the best representation of a Seventies Springsteen concert ever captured on film.

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