Footage provided by Paul Westerberg fans who videotaped shows on the ex-Replacements frontman's recent tour are providing the bulk of the material that will comprise "Come Feel Me Tremble," a Westerbe
Footage provided by Paul Westerberg fans who videotaped shows on the ex-Replacements frontman's recent tour are providing the bulk of the material that will comprise "Come Feel Me Tremble," a Westerberg tour DVD slated to be released this year by Vagrant Records. The fan footage, solicited by the administrator of Westerberg's Web site, saved the project, which Vagrant owner/president Rich Egan says initially looked like a "train wreck."
"I saw some footage, and it didn't look like it was gonna happen," Egan tells Billboard.com, "and then they solicited fans to send in any home videos that they had from the tour, and now it's turning into this really, really good documentary that kind of transcends just a Paul Westerberg concert video. It almost has like a 'Don't Look Back'-type of feel to it," he says, referring to DA Pennebaker's 1967 Bob Dylan documentary.
Egan says the video reveals a side of Westerberg that fans haven't really gotten to see before now. "There's backstage interviews where he talks about his dad, and about family stuff, just way deeper than the puzzling genius that he is," he reveals. "It kind of gives a glimpse into the private Westerberg, which is amazing." It's also a side of the revered singer/songwriter not often described in the press. "I think [the press] was obsessed with him playing the Paul Westerberg image, which is the drunk, punk rock, you know, maverick," says Egan. "And now I think he's older and wiser, and people are thinking to ask what was behind all that."
Westerberg is also slated to release his next Vagrant album by the end of the year, with the video arriving a few months before then, possibly sometime this summer. "[We'll release it] as soon as it's done," Egan says. "With Paul, we take our marching cues from him." Of the album, Egan reports, "I think it's gonna be along the lines of the last record. He definitely has enough songs for a two-disc album, but I think we're gonna narrow it done to one. He's recorded a ton of songs for it already."
Early last year, Westerberg ended a three-year absence from the studio and the road when he issued his fourth solo effort, "Stereo," which was also his debut for Vagrant. The set also included "Mono," a full album from his occasional side project Grandpaboy.
The new album, Egan says, is "definitely going to lean more toward the 'Stereo' disc, which was more of a band effort. Anybody who liked the Replacements is gonna love this record."