Western Stars Marks Bruce Springsteen’s Directorial Debut

A resident of Elmhurst, IL, Mike Loftus serves as president of MLE Merchandising & Sign Solutions, through which he provides brand services to companies operating in diverse industries in the Chicago metropolitan area and more than a dozen states. Beyond his work with MLE, Mike Loftus enjoys listening to music. He considers Bruce Springsteen one of his favorite artists.

Springsteen has released 19 studio albums throughout his career, and the 69-year-old New Jersey musician shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he’s branching out. His latest album, Western Stars, was released June 14, and it will be accompanied by a live concert film which is due for release on October 25. The film, also titled Western Stars, was directed by Springsteen and longtime collaborator Thom Zimny and debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Zimny previously directed Springsteen on Broadway.

The film’s musical sequences were shot in a 19th century barn that was converted into an intimate setting with cabaret seating and fairy lights. Springsteen performs the songs on his new album alongside the E Street Band and a 30-piece orchestra. It has received positive reviews from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Wrap, among other publications. Meanwhile, it had a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of September 19.