Bruce Springsteen is laying it all out there for fans during his River Tour playing four-hour long shows of his greatest hits. He’s giving fans more of what they want by also releasing a new autobiography titled “Born to Run.” Although it won’t hit stands until September 27, he recently opened up to Vanity Fair about what we’ll learn about The Boss in the memoir.
“I knew I was gonna’ ‘go there’ in the book,” Bruce told the magazine. “I had to find the roots of my own troubles and issues and the joyful things that have allowed me to put on the kind of shows that we put on.” And Bruce stayed true to his word. He opened up about everything from his rough upbringing to his battle with depression, something that his wife Patti Scialfa didn’t want him writing about.
The “Born to Run” singer has long been open about his own battle with psychological issues and seeking therapy and antidepressants over the years. He spoke out to the New Yorker in 2012 in a 15,000-word feature about his battle with suicidal thoughts, a painful childhood, and a family history of mental illness.
Though he has been able to have a life filled with love and laughter, he admits in his book he still battles with depression and that touring is his “trustiest form of self-medication.”
But, he also admits that touring at age 66 is not the same as it once was. He’s had procedures done on a disk in his neck and vocal chords. “You gotta be in really good shape baby,” he told the mag admitting he actually rides a stationary bike before a concert.
“I come from a boardwalk town where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud,” he writes. “So am I. By twenty, no race-car-driving rebel, I was a guitar player on the streets of Asbury Park and already a member in good standing amongst those who ‘lie’ in service of the truth . . . artists, with a small ‘a.’ But I held four clean aces. I had youth, almost a decade of hard-core bar band experience, a good group of homegrown musicians who were attuned to my performance style and a story to tell.”
And if fans can’t get enough of the legend at his concert, he will also be going on a book tour and releasing an accompanying album called Chapter and Verse.