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Bruce Springsteen's recent turn on the VH1 series "Storytellers" will emerge on DVD Sept. 6 via Columbia Music Video.Bruce Springsteen's recent turn on the VH1 series "Storytellers" will emerge on DVD Sept. 6 via Columbia Music Video. The footage has been re-edited, expanding the program from the one-hour version that premiered April 23 on the music channel to nearly two hours for the home video release.
Beyond Springsteen's introductions and anecdotes regarding the eight songs he performed at the April 4 taping at the River Theater in Red Bank, N.J., the DVD includes a Q&A session with the audience that was not part of the VH1 broadcast. The show was recorded in high definition and the DVD boasts a 5.1 Surround Sound mix and a PCM Stereo mix.
The material Springsteen selected to discuss and perform for the show was equally balanced between recent fare and vintage songs. Two songs stemmed from his latest solo album, "Devils & Dust" -- the title track and "Jesus Was an Only Son" -- and two from 2002's "The Rising" -- the title track and "Waitin' on a Sunny Day."
For the older selections, Springsteen reached back to his 1973 debut album, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.," for "Blinded by the Light" and to his 1975 classic "Born To Run" for the anthem "Thunder Road." He also explained the title track to 1982's spare solo project "Nebraska" and was joined by wife/E Street Band singer/guitarist Patti Scialfa on "Brilliant Disguise," from 1987's "Tunnel of Love."
Springsteen is in the midst of his second leg of solo North American tour dates in support of "Devils & Dust," playing Bridgeport, Conn., tomorrow (July 20). As with the tour's first leg, each show pays dividends to a local food bank through World Hunger Year's (WHY) Artists Against Hunger & Poverty Program.
Each organization receives a pair of tickets to a show to auction, an arrangement that raised more than $50,000 for the 14 groups participating in the tour's first leg, according to WHY. The charities also distribute information and collect donations at their local concert.
Here is the "VH1 Storytellers" DVD track list:
"Devils & Dust"
"Blinded by the Light"
"Jesus Was an Only Son"
"Waitin' on a Sunny Day"