BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S BROADWAY BOW

December 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

“The Boss” takes his final curtain call after his intimate run at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Join us for a look at the kid from Asbury Park who became a rock star and a legend.

Aired on December 17, 2018. 

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>> I WANT TO BE ABLE TO
CELEBRATE AND HONOR ITS BEAUTY
AND BE A CRITICAL VOICE WHEN I
SAW THAT'S WHAT THE TIMES CALLED
FOR.
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I WANTED TO TELL MY STORY, YOUR
STORY, WHERE WERE WE GOING
TOGETHER AS A PEOPLE.
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MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, I
WANTED TO BE ABLE TO TELL THAT
STORY WELL TO YOU.
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EVERYBODY HAS A LOVE-HATE
RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR
HOMETOWN.
TAKE ME.
I'M MR. BORN TO RUN.
I CURRENTLY LIVE TEN MINUTES
FROM MY HOMETOWN.
>> AND NOW HE'S BACK ACROSS THE
RIVER ON THE JERSEY SIDE.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN WRAPPED UP HIS
EPIC RUN SATURDAY NIGHT.
TRUE TO FORM, BRUCE BROUGHT DOWN
THE HOUSE, RELIVING HIS PAST
THROUGH THE SONGS THAT BECAME
THE SOUNDTRACK TO SO MANY OF OUR
LIVES.
THE FINAL PERFORMANCE CLOCKED IN
AT JUST UNDER THREE HOURS.
TICKETS SOLD FOR THOUSANDS
APIECE, WITH ONE PAIR REPORTEDLY
OFFERED FOR OVER $40,000.
BRUCE HIMSELF RELEASED A
STATEMENT ABOUT THE END OF HIS
BROADWAY RUN SAYING, I WANT TO
THANK ALL OF OUR CO-WORKERS,
FRIENDS AND FAMS FOR MAKING MY
YEAR ON BROADWAY ONE OF THE MOST
MEMORABLE OF MY LIFE.
HE WENT ON TO ADD A SPECIAL
THANKS TO MY LOVELY WIFE, PATTY,
FOR LENDING HER BEAUTIFUL VOICE
AND PRESENCE TO OUR WORK
TOGETHER.
SHE'S BEEN A NIGHTLY
INSPIRATION.
OUR CLOSING IS BITTERSWEET.
BUT MORE ADVENTURES AWAIT DOWN
THE ROAD.
I'LL SEE THERE.
WITH BRUCE'S ENERGY, I'M SURE WE
WILL.
THE BACKBONE OF SPRING TEEN ON
BROADWAY WAS A LABOR OF LOVE AND
ONE THAT CAME WITH SOME
DIFFICULTY.
>> EVEN FOR MY ORIGINAL
MANUSCRIPT, EVERYTHING WAS
REWRITTEN TWO OR THREE TIMES.

YOU WRITE DOWN YOUR FIRST
THOUGHTS, WHICH IS A BLUEPRINT
AND SEE IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING
THAT CAN BE WORKED ON.
THEN I'LL GO BACK AND GET INTO
EACH VERSUS AND RECITE IT.
SO THERE WERE SECTIONS THAT KIND
OF JUST CAME FLYING OUT.
THE HARDEST PART WAS THE THIRD
BOOK WHERE YOU HAD TO WRITE
ABOUT THE PRESENT, BECAUSE IT'S
ALL THE PEOPLE THAT YOU'RE
LIVING WITH IN YOUR LIFE TODAY.
THAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING
PART OF THE BOOK, WRITING ABOUT
STUFF THAT WAS IN THE PAST.
YOU JUST FELT LIKE YOU HAD A LOT
OF FREEDOM THERE.
>> IF YOU MISSED BRUCE, FEAR
NOT, NETFLIX RELEASED A TAPED
PERFORMANCE OF THE SHOW JUST
HOURS AFTER HIS FINAL CURTAIN
CALL.
MY "METROFOCUS" JACK FORD HAD A
CHANCE TO CHAT WITH ROB BARNETT
ABOUT SPRINGSTEEN'S LEGACY AND
STARTED THE INTERVIEW BY ASKING
HOW THEIR PROFESSIONAL PAST
FIRST CROSSED.
>> IN '92 AT MTV, WE DID ONE OF
THE FIRST TELEVISION
DOCUMENTARIES ON BRUCE, WE
CALLED IT THE "MTV
ROCKUMENTARY," AND WE THOUGHT
HOW CAN WE TELL HIS STORY.
>> SO YOU LOOKED AT HIS LIFE
EARLY ON.
SO THIS BOOK COMES OUT.
I THOUGHT THOUGHT THERE WAS AN
INTERESTING CONTRAST TO THE ON
STAGE BRUCE, AND IF YOU HAVE
SEEN HIS SHOW, YOU'RE BLOWN AWAY
BY IT, TO THE PRIVATE BRUCE.
BECAUSE OFF STAGE, HE WAS ALWAYS
SEEN AS VERY SHY AND RETIRING
AND NOT FORTHCOMING AT ALL.
WHY DO YOU THINK THEN THAT HE
DECIDES OVER THE PERIOD OF YEARS
TO PUT TOGETHER 500 PAGES TO
TELL HIS ENTIRE LIFE STORY?
>> IT'S HARD TO SAY WHAT FORCES
DROVE HIM TO DO IT.
BUT I DID HAVE A CHANCE TO TALK
TO SOMEONE AND ASKED IF PART OF
WHAT WAS HAPPENING WITH BRUCE
AND THIS BAND, ESPECIALLY WITH
THESE MARATHON FINAL RECORD
BREAKING SHOWS THEY DID, HAD
MAYBE A LITTLE SOMETHING TO DO
WITH THE FACT THAT THIS IS A
TOUGH YEAR FOR ROCK 'N' ROLL.
THIS IS A REALLY ROUGH MOMENT
WHERE YOU AND I AND EVERYONE
THAT GREW UP WITH THE CULTURAL
HEROES OF THE '60s AND '70s FIND
THAT WE'RE LOSING WAY TOO MANY
OF THEM.
HERE'S A GUY IN THE BEST
PHYSICAL CONDITION POSSIBLE
GOING OUT AND GIVING IT ALL
EVERY NIGHT.
THERE'S THE HERO ON STAGE, BUT
LIKE YOU SAID, WE NEVER READY
HEARD THE PRIVATE STORY ABOUT
PRINCE OR ABOUT DAVID BOWIE.
WE FELT LIKE IT WAS THE MYSTERY,
AND THEN THIS PRIVATE WORLD WE
COULD NEVER ENTER.
SO IT'S JUST A BEAUTIFUL, YOU
KNOW, THING THAT HE DECIDED TO
GIVE TO US.
>> FOR A BRUCE FAN WHO IS NOT
FAMILIAR WITH HIS BACK STORY,
WHAT DO YOU THINK MIGHT BE SOME
OF THE MORE SURPRISING THINGS
THEY'LL COME AWAY WITH?
>> THERE'S AN IDEA A LOT OF US
HAVE IN OUR HEAD THAT SUCCESS
GETS YOU TO A PLACE, MAYBE,
WHERE IT'S SO GREAT, IT'S SO
EXCITING, THE PROBLEMS KIND OF
GO AWAY.
I THINK WHAT PEOPLE SEE HERE IS
ONE OF THE MOST HUMAN HEROES
EVER.
A GUY WHO, ON A REGULAR DAILY
BASIS, HAS THE SAME ANGST, THE
SAME STRUGGLES, THE SAME
QUESTIONS THAT EVERYBODY ASKS.
I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS THING
DRIVING IN, IN NEW JERSEY
TRAFFIC THIS MORNING.
IT'S THE OPPOSITE OF SUPERMAN.
IT'S LIKE HE PUT THE CLARK KENT
GLASSES ON AND SAID HERE I AM,
JUST THIS REGULAR GUY WHO, ON
MANY NIGHTS, IS ON STAGE AS
SUPERMAN.
YOU KNOW, AND I THINK HE WANTED
US TO SEE THAT SOMEHOW, AND LIKE
WITH ALL OF THE SONGS, SEE IF
THERE'S MAYBE A LITTLE SOMETHING
WE COULD TAKE THAT SAYS, YOU
KNOW WHAT?
WHEN YOU GET SUCCESSFUL, YOUR
PROBLEMS DON'T GO AWAY, BUT
MAYBE YOU FIGURE OUT HOW TO
BETTER DEAL WITH IT.
>> I THINK IT'S INTERESTING HOW
HE TALKS ABOUT HIS FATHER
THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THIS
BOOK.
TELL ME ABOUT HOW YOU VIEWED
THAT.
>> I THINK HIS FATHER IS THE
STAR OF THE BOOK.
YOU KNOW, HE SPEAKS ABOUT NEW
JERSEY AND GROWING UP AS HIS
ROSE BUD.
YOU KNOW, THAT'S HIS ROSE BUD,
BUT IT'S ALSO HIS DAD.
AND HE HAD A TREMENDOUSLY
DIFFICULT TIME WITH HIM, THAT
ALL OF THE FANS KNEW BECAUSE HIS
FATHER WAS FEATURED IN SO MANY
SONGS.
BUT AS WE ALL KNOW, THE SONGS
ARE NOT NECESSARILY LITERAL,
THEY'RE POETRY.
SO SOMETIMES THEY HAVE AN
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NATURE, BUT IN
THIS BOOK, YOU DID GET THE SENSE
THAT THIS WAS A TORTUROUS
RELATIONSHIP THAT WAS NOT ONLY
DIFFICULT FOR HIM, BUT ONE THAT
HE WAS CONSTANTLY EXPLAINING THE
NEED TO TRY TO RECTIFY.
AND THERE'S A GREAT CHAPTER IN
THE BOOK ABOUT THE MOMENT WHEN,
WITH VERY, VERY FEW WORDS, THEY
KIND OF FIGURE OUT A WAY TO COME
TO PEACE WITH IT.
AND THERE'S ALSO A DEATHBED
SCENE WHICH IS TRAGIC AND WILL
MAKE YOU CRY, AS IT DOES WHEN HE
LOSES TWO MEMBERS OF THE
E-STREET BAND, DANNY AND
CLARENCE.
>> I THINK IT'S INTERESTING TO
SEE, WE THINK OF BRUCE
SPRINGSTEEN, MEGASTAR, MEGA
INTERNATIONAL STAR.
BUT THERE WERE A LOT OF LONG,
HARD YEARS LEADING UP TO THAT.
>> YEAH.
YOU KNOW, I HAVE A GREAT FRIEND
IN STUPID SHOW BUSINESS WHO
ALWAYS TALKS TO ME ABOUT THE
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SHORT
MONEY GAME AND THE LONG MONEY
GAME.
AND THIS GUY SAYS, YOU'LL STAY A
LITTLE BIT MORE SANE IF YOU
REALIZE THAT SANE AND SUCK SHE
IS -- AND SUCCESS IN SHOW
BUSINESS IS A LONG MONEY GAME.
THIS IS A GUY THAT BEAT IT DOWN
NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, FOUR, FIVE
HOURS IN THE CLUBS ON THE JERSEY
SHORE.
>> IT'S GOOD TO HAVE YOU SHED
SOME LIGHT ON THIS STORY.
>> THANKS SO MUCH.
>> BE WELL.

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