How long have we been waiting for something/anything in the form of official news from the Springsteen camp on the release of a Darkness Box Set. It was a little like Christmas morning when I got up and read this on the Backstreets website:
from the Backstreets.com News page….
DARKNESS BOX WATCH
Package nearing completion, its documentary to premiere next month
Just announced this morning, the documentary that Thom Zimny has been working on for the impending Darkness box will premiere at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival as a Gala screening in September. Zimny created the Wings For Wheels doc for the Born to Run 30th Anniversary box; his new film is titled The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.
Speaking to IndieWIRE, festival documentary programmer Thom Powers says that The Promise draws on “a treasure trove of footage from the 1970s. You see all the twists and turns of the making of this album. And we’re the first people to announce that this film even existed… It’s been in the works for a couple years now in total secrecy. And we’re very proud to be presenting it.”
The description of the film from TIFF.net: “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town takes us into the studio with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the recording of their fourth album. Grammy and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny has collaborated with Springsteen on this documentary, gaining access to never before seen footage shot between 1976-1978, capturing home rehearsals and recording sessions that allow us to see Springsteen’s creative process at work.”
TIFF runs from September 9 – 19. According to the festival website, a confirmed schedule will be posted August 24. Tickets are available now.
Update: A Shore Fire press release confirms that “Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau Management, and Columbia Records are working on completing a new package related to Darkness on the Edge of Town, which will include the new Thom Zimny film The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town. Further details will be announced when they are finalized.” The statement also gives the date for the TIFF premiere as September 14.
Toronto Star movie critic Peter Howell writes that “The pick of the The Promise as a Gala selection almost guarantees that Springsteen will come to Toronto to introduce it to the TIFF audience.”
After the 300 plus pages of speculation, finally this huge news. And not only is it confirmation that a box set is coming, it is news that there will be a SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY ala: Wings For Wheels, produced by Springsteen’s video wonderkind Thom Zimny and featuring rare, never seen before footage of Bruce in the recording studio between 1976 and 1978.
And all to be premiered in the lovely and beautiful city of Toronto, where Janet and I have been talking about going for some time now.
Holy Guacamole! What else could we hope for. Well, that’s an easy one. A full live show from the Darkness tour. Which might send many of us over the edge in anticipation.
All I can say is that it’s going to be a very exciting 50th birthday on December 7, 2010 and it’s going to be one hell of a birthday. Counting down the days now.
Can anybody say….ROAD TRIP!!!!