After a successful 2017 run, Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton will continue their North American summer tour. A few announced dates include Evansville, Indiana on June 12 and then back-to-back dates in Washington on August 25.
“Music is ethereal – it moves back and forth between the past and the future,” said Miller. “I’m very excited to announce that 2018 is our 50th anniversary of recording and touring together as the Steve Miller Band, and we plan to travel between the psychedelic sixties through the future with a vengeance!”
Beyond their typical songs, Frampton will also join Miller on stage.
Steve Miller Band Unites With Peter Frampton
According to Rolling Stone, “Miller’s live itinerary includes a July 25th date without Frampton in San Antonio, Texas. Frampton’s schedule features a series of standalone dates in March and early April, in addition to a June 1st show in Toronto alongside Def Leppard and Journey.”
Since the mid-1970s, Steve Miller Band has been playing blues, blues rock, and beyond. Their albums, singles, and hits helped Steve Miller get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
British-American rock star Peter Frampton has a slightly different story.
Two Icons Unite For Summer Concert In U.S.
Peter Frampton is a musician, singer, producer, guitarist and songwriter. The individual has been associated with bands like Humble Pie and The Herd, but it made it big with his breakthrough album, Frampton Comes Alive!
The album sold over 8 million copies in the United States and let to more hits down the road. Beyond his solo work, Frampton has also worked with icons like David Bowie and Pearl Jam, before Steve Miller.
Frampton told Paste, “Having had such a fantastic tour together last summer, Steve and I decided to keep going this year. Jamming together each night during Steve’s set is one of my favorite moments of the evening. Can’t wait to get back out there.”
Likewise, Steve Miller said he enjoyed the “beautiful” and “creative” experience. “The band and production crew are working on creating an even better concert experience for 2018 and plan on wading even deeper into the musical waters.”
Currently, tickets are ranging between $60-85 depending on location.
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There are literally thousands of movies, television shows, and documentaries on Netflix, but some are clearly better than others. Below, we’ve created our list of the top rock-inspired movies on Netflix right now.
Some of our favorites include a Foo Fighters documentary, Glenn Campbell’s Farewell Tour, a conversation with Jack White, The Edge, and Jimmy Page,
Foo Fighters Make It To Netflix
“There were some people that really resented me for starting this band,” said Dave Grohl. “But I didn’t want to always be known as this guy that played drums for Nirvana. Essentially, this is why Grohl played every instrument and literally created a band alone in a studio.
In Foo Fighters: Back and Fourth, fans can finally learn the truth about the origin of the Foo Fighters. The documentary highlights their story, their music, and everything in between that made the Foo Fighters rock.
After playing to 85,000 people, they decided to make a record in a garage. They make as many serious songs as they make funny songs. The “back and fourth” made the Foo Fighters one of the greatest bands of all time.
Begin Again, Now On Netflix
Most of the rock-inspired movies on Netflix are documentaries, but Begin Again is a movie that everyone should see. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Mos Def, Keira Knightly, and Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine.
The story revolves around an ex-record executive, a rising star, and a rock and roll girlfriend who gets dumped at the wrong time. But she decides to make the most of it and the perfect person sees her perform.
The movie might sound (or look) a little mushy but it really shows the ins and outs of the rock life. It also comes from the director of Once, which put musicians into acting roles, versus the other way around.
Glen Campbell, The Rhinestone Cowboy
Back in 2011, music icon Glen Campbell set out to do an unprecedented tour across America. Originally, the tour was supposed to last about five weeks, but it actually lasted for 151 shows over a years and a half.
Campbell influenced newcomers like Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, and everyone in between as he won 8 Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award. This comes from a massive fandom and 50 million records sold.
But this movie is something new all-together. In the film, Campbell, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. While sitting next to his second wife, he is forced to ask who’s who in some old home movies.
Many people thought Campbell was done but he decided he wasn’t done yet. In one of the more epic final tours, there was something with the audience that made him know his role, his songs, and what made him the Rhinestone Cowboy. This was recorded and brought to Netflix in the film, Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me.
Keith Richards: Under The Influence
“I know who I am,” said Keith Richards. Under the Influence could be the title for many documentaries but perhaps the best association is Richards. The Rolling Stones rock star gives unparalleled access to fans in this Netflix hit.
“The Stones had me go into hibernation,” said the rocker. “I was itching to go back in the studio.” Surprisingly, Richards appreciates Johnny Cash and Muddy Waters even more than he appreciates other rock stars.
“Not a lot of guys want to play like Chuck Berry because it’s like taking on the devil. But I’ll take it on,” he joked. Basically, this documentary is more like Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, but with musical icon Keith Richards. “Nobody wants to get old, but they don’t want to die young either,” he mused.
Janis: Little Girl Blue On Netflix
“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedez Benz?” moaned Janis Joplin. Despite the fact that she doesn’t need a last name, the film Janis: Little Girl Blue highlights how the young woman created a spot for females to rock.
“Janis was fearless with her pain and with her truth,” said one contributor. The film has been described as mind blowing, powerful, and jaw dropping. “As it gets closer and more probably, being a star is really losing it’s meaning. But whatever it means, I’m ready,” said Janis.
It Might Get Loud, Feat. Jack White, The Edge, Jimmy Page
Finally, there’s It Might Get Loud on Netflix. By far, this is one of the best documentaries ever made on music. First of all, it’s not a recollection, it’s something new and fresh.
The movie starts out with White Stripes legend Jack White building a guitar out of an old Coke bottle, a string, and a nail. In the middle of a cow pasture, the star plugs in his creation to an amp and rocks out among the livestock.
On the other end of the spectrum, The Edge from U2 said, “I drive everyone crazy trying to get the sounds that I can hear in my head to come out of the speakers.” In the movie, The Edge has the best equipment while Jack White will literally step on his guitar and play until his hands bleed. Then, there’s Jimmy Page.
“We’re going there to have a chat, but it just so happens that the instruments are there as well,” said a thrilled Jimmy Page. The man who got his start with The Yardbirds and then become an icon with Led Zeppelin is always ready to perform.
“I plan to trick both of these guys into teaching me all of their tricks,” joked Jack White. “When the three of us get together—what’s going to happen? Probably a fistfight.”
In the movie, Page shows the camera where “When the Levee Breaks” was recorded. Jack White talks about why he prefers his performances to be a struggle. Then, The Edge shows off all of his technology, foot petals, and the effects.
If that’s not enough, the soundtrack and documentary also features original music from Jimmy Page, the making of a U2 single, and new music from Jack White.
Have you seen all of these rock inspired movies on Netflix?
“I remember reading somewhere that there were original 2,000 different kinds of bananas,” said Beck Hansen. “But they just picked one to mass-market and that’s the one you see everywhere. Musically, I think a similar thing happens, where we just opt for one two things, but there’s this infinite galaxy of sounds and ideas.”
Most people never thought Beck would have more than one song but he’s been going strong for decades now. The adventurous artist continues to explore the ins and outs of both rock and pop music. Despite being in his late 40s, he still looks boyish at times, perhaps because of his wide-eyed spirit as an entertainer.
As he continues to absorb pop culture, through country, folk, blues, hip-hop, classical, punk and everything in between, his sound continues to grow. All of this goes into Beck’s goal to “break up the formula.” This is especially true on the new album, Colors.
Beck Talks About His Ongoing Exploration
“In the ’90s, I felt like part of my role…was the way music can get homogenized and reduced to two or three flavors,” said Beck. “When I started making records, I thought, ‘What about harpsichords? What about sitars? Let’s throw some things around and break up the formula. Let’s open up the vocabulary.’”
In his latest album, Colors, this ongoing exploration shines through. This may sound different from 2008’s Modern Guilt and 2014’s Morning Phase, but his new album is different for other reasons as well. For starters, the new collection contains bigger-than-life songs about personal health issues.
The artist’s spinal injury left him bedridden for months, where he couldn’t perform but he could write and listen and think about music. This has happened to other icons in the past. Merle Haggard wrote songs while in jail, Bruce Lee wrote a book while bedridden, and dozens of other artists have made the best of a bad situation.
An Impossible Comeback After Six-Year Hiatus
After a six-year hiatus, Beck somehow came back to beat out Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, and Beyoncé for Album of the Year. Colors showcases how the artist pioneered the 1990s but it’s more extroverted and celebratory than his albums in between the beginning and now.
Surprisingly, the pop-ish album sounds like it could stand besides of someone like Bruno Mars or Ed Sheeran, but he’s trying to say something. “It was interesting, this duality of playing the songs from the album and wanting to play thee newer ones,” he said. “I’m ready to celebrate now. Let’s make something happen.”
Despite being more poppy than the personal songs on Morgan Phase, Colors showcases a “period of affirmation and joy after the hardship of struggle.” The artist has a new appreciation of being present and optimistic, despite past pains.
In many ways, this is the exact opposite of his song “Loser” back in the 1990s. “In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey,” he mused. “Soy un perdedor. I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me? Forces of evil in a bozo nightmare…”
90s Artist Ends Up On The Greener Grass
“Sometimes life will kick you so hard that you don’t even know if you’ll ever have any pleasure again,” said the man behind the smash hit, “Loser.” He added, “But, when you do finally reach that moment, the joy is more intense, more vivid. That’s where this new music is coming from.”
Essentially, this goes back to the expression about the darkest hour being just before the dawn. Everyone has dealt with some sort of heartbreak and then somehow gotten through. When the smoke finally clears, things better, more clear, and it might even be hard to remember the pain felt before.
For the musician, Colors is about the pleasure of simply being alive. With such a message, the music is obviously going to be more pop-like than rock.
Slacker Turned Workaholic Emerges
Beck emerged in the slacker mentality of the 1990s. When his name got big, he still felt weird on the billboard charts and was unpredictable on stage. His guitarist Smokey Hormel used to tell a story about a show in an LA Club where women ran running from the bathroom followed by the lead singer with his leaf blower.
Not only was the move insane but also felt some pre-meditated. Because of all of the noise, the people upstairs ran down to check on the commotion. Among the chaos, Rick Rubin and various Hollywood types wanted to see this rebel. Hormel described the action as a “I-don’t-give-a-f**k thing to do.”
This was only a portion of his original persona. Back then, the artist was just as likely to show up in a Nudie suit as he was to borrow dialogue from Care Bears for a song or use an old used car lot for a music video. Basically, the “Loser” would dumpster-dive for pop culture references to reinvigorate.
In 1994, the song “Loser” hit the charts and changed the artist’s life for history. Surprisingly, his next piece of advice was to slow down and temporarily disappear.
Always Do The Opposite Of What You’re Told
“The people I worked with all told me to stop,” said Beck. “They said, the way it works is, you’ve got to go away and then people will get hungry for something again.” Instead, he decided to do the exact opposite. When told to do less, he decided to do more. Lots more.
“It was really difficult for me, but then I learned to just keep making music. I don’t have to put it all out,” he added. This meant making music alone and not getting feedback, but staying creative and continuing to flex that artistic muscle. The artist goes back and fourth on proper rest but nothing is certainly not in his wheelhouse.
The more music he makes, the less he has to feel precious about making it. Instead, he pumped out music, which basically made the occasional releases feel sporadic to audiences, even though there was a creative timeline within his influence. In the end, the artist knows that “the music we love most brings people together.”
Have you bought his new album Colors that won Album of the Year?
“Without his help and guidance, there would not have been AC/DC,” said the band in an official statement. Essentially, the band owed a huge debt to songwriter George Young and may not have made it without him.
Along with co-writer Harry Vanda, George Young produced the first five AC/DC albums. This started with High Voltage in 1975 and went to Powerage in 1978. Young also helped with the live album, If You Want Blood You’ve Got It.
George Young was the older brother of Angus and Malcolm. While writing for AC/DC, he also performed with Easybeats.
AC/DC Songwriter George Young, Rest In Peace
According to Uncut Magazine, Young “first made his name as rhythm guitarist for The Easybeats, the quintet he co-founded in Sydney in 1964. Sparking the kind of fan hysteria that drew comparisons to Beatlemania, the band enjoyed a succession of national hits as Young and vocalist Stevie Wright emerged as chief songwriters.”
In the end, it was Young’s partnership with guitarist Vanda that launched AC/DC into international fame. Thanks to songs like “Friday On My Mind,” the classic rock band was eventually covered by Bowie and Springsteen.
The writing duo continued to work together for years to come. But Young isn’t the only songwriter we lost in 2017.
Other Iconic Songwriters Lost In 2017
Last year, in addition to George Young, we also lost songwriters from jazz, folk, bluegrass, rock, and more. Phil Miller, Mick Softley, Mike Carr, Cedell Davis, Tom Paley, and Eamonn Campbell all passed away last year.
Icon Jerry Ross also passed away in 2017. Known for his like “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” Ross helped ignite the careers of Diana Ross & The Supremes, as well as The Temptations.
Hip singer Gord Downie, jazz saxophonist Lou Gare, guitarist Alvin Deguzman, sound pioneer Bunny Sigler, and fiddle player Smoke Dawson also died. All of these songwriting legends were often overlooked in life but will always be remembered.
Thanks to the dedicated work from icons like George Young, bands like AC/DC will always be remembered for classic rock.
There are dozens of archive release albums these days but a handful are vital for your collection. The first comes from the Ramones. Their 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, Leave Home, is a remastered mix of the old album. There are also outtakes and a ’77 CBGB show that combines glue, mental illness, and the romantic streak.
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
After Morrissey’s political streak, the third album from The Smiths was a comfortable return for fans. Along with the 1986 concert, the b-sides, demos, and unedited versions make this collection a must.
Beach Boys Archive Release
The album, 1967-Sunshine Tomorrow is Brian Wilson’s endless tour of Pet Sounds brought back to Britain in the summer time. A few rarities are also on the set list, which have been reprogrammed for this collaboration. Among the mix includes SunShineTomorrow, Smile, Smiley Smile, and Wild Honey (sans Brian).
Johnny Cash: The Original Sun
Another archive release, Johnny Cash’s The Original Sun Albums 1957-1964 is an effort to organize the Man in Black’s confusing discography. All seven of the original Sun albums are together for the first time. This includes “My Two Timin’ Woman” from 1955 and another pile of pre-recorded songs from Rick Rubin.
The Grateful Dead’s Cornell 5/8/77
Among the many Grateful Dead releases, the Cornell 5/8/77 album is one of many critical moments for the band. Uncut describes the release as “exploratory but not intimidating, reverberate with good times” and worth the hype. Songs like “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire On The Mountain” still stand firm.
Radiohead Archive Releases Oknotok
The 20th anniversary of OK Computer was vital but Oknotok is something new and improved all-together. The three long-discussed lost songs were originally only found on live bootlegs. However, the second disc has valuable B-sides like “Lift.” The anthem blew up the band, but they essentially shelved it on their own.
David Bowie’s A New Career In A New Town
The comprehensive box set reorganized David Bowie’s career from Berlin and the 1970s. The dramatic remix of Lodger is likely the main attraction but there’s also Low and “Heroes” to consider. These remixes actually came without the knowledge of Bowie but he later loved Tony Visconti’s interpretation.
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
The expanded album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Super Deluxe Edition is our must buy of the year. The album included a condensed version of 300 revolutionary hours in the studio on a single disc set. This album will make even the most intense Beatlemaniac smile.
Have you already purchased some of these archive release albums?
Everyone was surprised to see Bob Dylan make a major conversion to Christianity. Not only did he make his spiritual transformation but he also changed up his lyrics, songwriting, and musical mentality.
Bob Dylan had been touring for the bulk of the year when he rolled into San Diego in November of 1978. Near the end of the show, a fan tossed a small silver cross onto the stage that Dylan picked up and kept. Later, it was seen around his neck.
In December, he debuted two new songs with strong Christian lyrics and even claimed to have been visited by Jesus Christ.
Bob Dylan Accepted Christianity And Changed Music
Not long after, Dylan participated in a three-month course at the Association of Vineyard Churches. Over the next couple of years, he transformed his music to tent revivals and produced three gospel records.
If the shift wasn’t unusual enough, he basically cut back on singing his old songs as well. The man cast himself as a fire-and-brimstone type of preacher. He shouted the glory of God but also warned about God’s wrath.
It was unusual for one man, but given the fact that is was Bob Dylan, it was also one of the most unexpected twists in rock history. Forty years later and the Bootleg series is now available.
The Bootleg Series Is Now Available For Purchase
In some ways, this major shift now feels like a stop on a longer spiritual journey. The Bob Dylan gospel phase didn’t last long. Ironically, his next phase went into more of a fascination with Frank Sinatra that slowed down his Christian pursuits.
Fans and critics wondered how long the Christian phase would last in his music, but now the songs can be revisited in the form of the Bootleg Series. The CD and DVD collection highlights this unusual point in the 1970s.
The collection consists of 100 previously unreleased studio and live cuts. The songs are spread across nine CDs and the feature-length film is also called Trouble No More. In the movie, Michael Shannon plays a preacher that par with Dylan’s concert.
Have you purchased your copy of Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series?
Rock star Mick Jagger was appalled by the name “Rolling Stone” for a magazine that had nothing to do with his band— at least nothing financially. “Why did [they] call it that, when there was a band called that?” said Mick Jagger. “I mean, I know it [arose] from a song name, but that’s not really the point.”
Keith Richards was a little more blunt when he said, “We thought, ‘What a thief?’” Rolling Stone creator Jann Wanner apparently got the name from the old phrase, “A Rolling Stone gathers no moss.” The band, the Rolling Stones, said they got their name from the Muddy Waters song, “Like a Rolling Stone.”
This was only the beginning of the problem but the connection actually led to a mutually beneficial business decision, but then there was a murder.
Mick Jagger Talks About Rolling Stone Magazine
“There’s no copyright for all these things—‘Rolling Stone Ice Cream,’ go ahead,” said Jagger. “But it was a magazine about rock music. It wasn’t quite the same as calling something ice cream. There’s obviously a closer connection than that,” he concluded, in a conversation later republished in Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan.
As for the first staffers at the magazine, this often meant clarification between the magazine and the band. But creator Jann Wanner used it to this advantage. He had no problem getting business phone lines installed, loans, and a handful of other items due to the band’s publicity.
The band’s manager immediately sent a cease-and-desist letter, which was the first point of contact between the two.
Creating A Friendly Olive Branch Between The Two
Janner Wenner used his relationship with the band’s press secretary Jo Bergman to set up a potential interview with Mick Jagger. In the letter, he essentially ignored the legal action and tried to come off nice. Basically, he wanted to publish an interview about the English band in the American magazine. “We love you,” he concluded in the letter.
Meanwhile, across the globe, Jagger and the others had noticed how the Beatles had used the magazine as a promotional vehicle. At the time, there wasn’t much publicity for rock stars and certainly nothing as academic and influential as what Rolling Stone hoped to become.
After nine months and fourteen issues, the Rolling Stones had never even appeared on Rolling Stone, and that needed to change.
The Origin Of British Rolling Stone Magazine
“I don’t think Mick lets anyone off the hook for anything,” said Keith Richards about his friend. “He’s never let anyone off the hook, once he’s got one in.” When the band learned that the US magazine wanted to expand a British version, this angered the band more but it also opened an opportunity.
Through mutual friend Boz Scaggs (Steve Miller Band), Wenner and Jagger set up in an interview while the Stones were recording in Los Angeles in 1968. Over pizza, a new album, and some business talk, the creator of the magazine finally got his conversation with the face of the band.
According to Wenner’s biography, “Jagger proposed that Wenner come to London to discuss the possibility of publishing the British version of Rolling Stone, with Mick Jagger as half owner.” Before, the musician had already wanted to started a band, so he decided to partner up with a man who had already done so in America.
To show his appreciation, Wenner wrote up a song-by-song preview of the new album, Beggars Banquet where he compared Jagger’s lyrics to the great Bob Dylan.
“Sympathy For The Devil…”
Originally, the song “Sympathy for the Devil” on Beggars Banquet was “The Devil Is My Name.” The first lyric, “I shouted out, who killed Kennedy? After all it was you and me.” But, then Bobby Kennedy got shot, so the lyrics changed to, “Who killed the Kennedys? After all it was you and me.”
Rolling Stone put Mick Jagger on the cover of the magazine on August 10, 1968. The headline read, “The Return of the Rolling Stones.” Eventually, the two started a broad agreement for the British version of the magazine. Janner wanted the joint venture to be fifty-fifty, where he got complete editorial control.
Surprisingly, Jagger also wanted editorial control “on [his] side of the Atlantic.” They also fought off the name, where neither would agree to waive any past or future rights for the magazine or the band. In the end, it was enough for Wanner to simply be in business with Mick Jagger. So he agreed to the compromise.
Meanwhile, Wenner was using up all of the magazine’s resources living a flashy life and traveling back and fourth to London. The British version launched in June 1969, with Pete Townsend (The Who) on the cover.
Major Problems With The British Version
There were major differences between the two versions of the magazine that now seem somewhat appalling. The British version was political, too groovy, and littered with ridiculous spelling errors. Two major incidents included Ray Davie’s as Ray Davis and Bob Dylan as Bob Dillon on the cover.
Wenner immediately booked a flight to London, but when he tried to bring down the hammer on the second staff, they ignored him. “We said, ‘F**k it, the Stones are paying for this, we’ll do whatever we like, he’s not our boss,” said one contributor to the British publication.
Eventually, Wenner sent Jagger a formative 12-page letter where he called the joint venture “mediocre” and the management of it ran by “unbelievable incompetence.”
‘Let It Bleed’ Concert Results In Epic Fan Murder
By this time, Mick Jagger had lost interest in the magazine went down to Australia to shoot a movie called Ned Kelly. Jann Wenner wanted to shut down the publication but didn’t want to upset his rock star friend. Jagger didn’t have a ton of money invested so he was willing to shut it down. Then the duo started something new.
After the Ned Kelly movie wrapped, The Rolling Stones prepared for a tour. They wanted to create a festival to par with the Woodstock festival and shoot their performance as a documentary.
The botched festival was set up as a free event, but this included riffraff, drugs, and even a rumor of the Stones asking for Hell’s Angels to attend. Most of the news at the time published pre-written stories. But there was one thing they ignored until a few days later.
In front of 300,000 fans, the lead singer started to perform “Sympathy for the Devil.” Jagger said, “We always have something very funny happen when we start that number.” About fifteen minutes later, there was a dead man in front of the stage. An 18-year-old black fan Meredith Hunter died that night.
Rolling Stone made the decision to cover the story and they even interviewed the sister of the deceased. She said the Stones were “responsible” and “they don’t care.”
Did you know about the rise and fall of British Rolling Stone magazine?
Around the time of The Ramones 40th anniversary, there was a rumor going around about director Martin Scorsese (Casino, Goodfellas) directing a Ramones movie. But the truth is, there’s not really a shootable script for the pending project.
The HBO series Entourage made fun of the fact that there hasn’t been a Ramones movie to date. In the episode, the main goal was to show how scripts can be shelved, which sounds like the truth for the actual movie.
Entourage named the film I Wanna Be Sedated after the song. In real life, there are similar problems with making a Ramones film.
When Will Scorsese Confirm A Ramones Movie?
Conversation around a Martin Scorsese and Ramones film stirred up a little more when he directed the pilot for Vinyl. The Mick Jagger-produced series for HBO was expected to be a big hit but it flopped during the first season.
Scorsese is still quite energetic in his 70s but he’s also known for not rushing a project along. Sometimes there will be a great deal of gossip around one film but something will make him do another first.
Unlike actors, it can take a director 1-2 full years to move on to a new project.
More Delays For The Rumored Rock Biopic
Currently, Scorsese is filming the much-anticipated The Irishman. The movie will unite his former stars Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. There’s also a rumor he will do a Leonard DiCaprio driven Sinatra project in the near future.
With both of these films in the works (maybe), it sounds like The Ramones movie may be pushed aside once more. For now, the director has extended his contract with Paramount through 2019, but there’s no official word on the Ramones project.
Either way, music (specifically rock music) has often played a major part in Scorsese’s films. In almost every single movie, the director will use songs from The Rolling Stones to highlight a scene or bookmark a film.
Despite missing the 2016 milestone, Jeff Jampol and Dave Frey from the estate of the band are still working to make the project happen.
Would you go see a Ramones film from legendary director Martin Scorsese?
Zac Efron will star as Ted Bundy in the new serial killer biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. In addition to Jim Parsons and John Malkovich, the movie will also be the debut of Metallica legend James Hetfield.
James Hetfield will play “a no-nonsense Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement official to arrest Bundy in 1975 after pulling the killer over and discovering burglary tools in his car, but wisely suspecting much worse.”
It’s unclear if this will be a small or large role but it’s certainly an important one for the story.
Metallica Star James Hetfield Portrays Character
James Hetfield has been in some other films and a few television shows like Showtime’s Billions, but this is the first role where he plays a character. This is a major difference between a celebrity just making a background cameo.
Hetfield is friends with the director of the film, Joe Berlinger. The movie’s director worked on Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster. In addition, he’s also worked on Paradise Lost about the West Memphis Three.
The second documentary also featured the music of Metallica.
Movie Shows The Charismatic Killer, Ted Bundy
The director told the press, “Having spent hundreds of hours behind the scenes with James and the rest of Metallica, I have experienced his charisma and powerful presence close up.”
“It seemed only natural that he would bring that same power and magnetism to a dramatic role. So, when he agreed to my pitch that he be in the movie, I was thrilled,” added the director.
So far, there hasn’t been a release date for the film but it is currently listed as “in production.” Since Efron will be portraying Bundy, it’s likely the movie will be more about the charismatic killer, instead of a mystery story like David Fincher’s Zodiac.
According to IMDb, “A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.”
Are you looking forward to this serial killer biopic that features James Hetfield?
“I was the new guy. I was the youngest, and I was the drummer,” said Dave Grohl about his three-strike mentality with Nirvana. While performing as a drummer with Kurt Cobain, Grohl started to write songs that would later become the Foo Fighters. In an exclusive interview with Sam Jones, he spoke about beliefs, music, and life.
With punk rock, “There was this underground network, run by kids. There were people making fanzines and people trading tapes with record companies that didn’t even have their driver’s license yet.” Grohl started the interview by talking about the early days of punk rock.
Sprinkled throughout, the musician provided enough life advice for anyone to go out and start a band, as long passion was clearly the driving force.
Stretch Your Playing Field And Push Limitations
“For years, I would write things that I didn’t think were Foo Fighters songs.” At the time, that meant it couldn’t be too bitter or too delicate. Eventually, he realized that he could break out of the Foo Fighters box and do whatever he wanted because it was coming from him and the band.
Most people are scared of taking chances and basically aim for “perfection” as a crutch. When Grohl started to finally stretch out his limitations, he was then able to drop in new sounds and new songs for the band. By stretching the playing field, he literally had more room to run.
Find An Outlet For Balance And Normality
“Bands are like families that go through uncomfortable growing pains. If it happens all at once, it’s just too much,” said Grohl about Nirvana. Whenever things got too hectic with the band, he would just leave and head back to Virginia/Washington D.C. There, he would sleep in his childhood bed and hang out with old friends.
The drummer for Nirvana quit taking drugs about the same time that things got crazy with the band. Whenever things were too out of hand, he would simply leave and visit his childhood home. There, he could basically just be a kid again and click the reset button on his mindset.
Independence As A Musician Is Vital
“I try to encourage any musician to just do it themselves. With the Foo Fighters, we try to keep it simple. We have our own studio. We make music in my garage. We find that it’s the people outside of the bands that complicate things so much,” he said. This is also why the last Foo Fighters album was recorded to tape.
The Foo Fighters made their last record in Grohl’s garage. He wanted to record the album to tape so no one could manipulate the song. By avoiding computers, they decided to use tape where edits would be made with actual knife and tape. Grohl still encourages people to be classic and to focus on playing live.
Accept Your Style And Voice
“It took me a long time to realize I was never going to sing like Freddie Mercury.” Eventually, Grohl accepted his self-criticisms about his voice. Finally, he realized how ridiculous it could be to try and be something that you’re not. “I want to be a drummer, singer, father, driver, whatever… Expectations as an artist are funny.”
Grohl then compared Radiohead to Queen. Both experiences are awesome and very different but it’s hard not to prefer one over the other. In this example, the artist said he wanted to see Queen in front of 75,000 people singing the same song. This is different from Radiohead’s light show. But neither could perform like the other.
”The Challenge Is Simplification.”
While Grohl performed with Nirvana, the goal was simplification rather than complexity. Kurt Cobain’s songwriting was a process of simplification. At the time, most people thought Grohl was merely a drummer. But the singer, guitar player, and songwriter came into his own. However, he didn’t want to interfere with Cobain.
In addition, he still knows that the simplicity is as good as it gets. He never wanted to be on the cover of a magazine. Instead, he wanted to “beat the f*ck” out of his drums so people would know he played his heart out. “If playing live is enough reward for you, then you’re set. But you’ve got to be badass,” he added.
Avoid Being A Sheep In The World
“At 13 or 14, I realized I’m going to figure out what I want to do. I didn’t believe you had to join the stream…go to college…or join the military. I didn’t do anything that I was expected to do. I wanted to find my own way to do stuff,” he said. Grohl also spoke about this very subject at a recent SXSW event.
In front of thousands (and millions online), Grohl proudly spoke out against the shows like American Idol and The Voice. Rather than having someone judge you and your performance, he wants to see people get out there and make it on their own. Determination beats anything given to someone by Hollywood.
You Don’t Need Any Outside Help To Start
“I never took lessons to play drums. I did it on my bed by listening to Rush records. I took one drum lesson and he said, ‘That’s how you hold your sticks?’” similarly, he learned guitar the same way. In fact, he only knows the basic chords. He actually looks at the guitar like it’s a drum set of kicks and snares.
This is usually true for great directors, iconic screenwriters, and everyone else in between. Some of those things simply come later. It likely took Grohl longer to learn this way, but he didn’t have $30 an hour to pay someone to teach him. So, after his first lesson, he set out on his own.
”Extend Your Hand To The Listener.”
“I know the Foo Fighters are capable of doing things that people have never heard us do,” he added. “I know that we’re capable of doing things that you wouldn’t expect us to do. But that might not be what you want to hear. I don’t want to be a band that plays with his back to the audience.”
Somewhere, as the audience matured, he realized he could write for himself and write for fans. In order to feel both creative and fulfilled, he needed to do both. Grohl feels great writing songs, but he feels fulfilled when a stadium is singing his song. The challenge is actually within the simplification.
Great Things Happen Through Ignorance
“I don’t want any f*cking Hollywood people involved. Great things happen when you have no idea what you’re doing.” Dave Grohl recorded the first Foo Fighters record by himself in five days. Likewise, when he decided to make a documentary, he avoided the Hollywood regulars and did it alone.
For Sound City, he wanted to make sure that all of the people in the room could jam, cared about music, and cared about Sound City. “I made Sound City because it meant that much to me. Sound City was really special to me. The studio was all about music and musicians and the work done in those rooms.”
Embrace Inconsistencies And Imperfections
While performing as Them Crooked Vultures, Grohl said his bandmate John Paul Jones would purposefully allow picks and scratches to be on the album. Modern producers would not want for the recording to sound imperfect. Grohl and his team, however, wanted to embrace what made the album real.
“Ultimately, when you’re listening to something that is pristine, perfect, looped, it kind of makes you tired in a weird way,” said the performer. “It makes my ears tired.” Perhaps the imperfections are what makes the music feel more alive and sounds more like a live concert. This is partially what makes classic music “classic.”
Organic songs make you feel something or hear something new every time. This way, you preserve more of the human elements in a song.
Find Collaborators You Completely Trust
When the singer-songwriter has an idea for a song, he takes it to Taylor Hawkins. There, the duo discusses the ins and outs of the idea. Then, they start to write the rhythm, determine the pace of the song, and decide where to take the idea. Then, they go to the other guys and everyone pulls it in their direction to stretch the collaboration.
This is also how he determined who would help him with the documentary and almost every other decision in his life. In fact, he only came over to do the Off Camera interview because he had direct contact to the photographer and interview, Sam Jones. They actually set it up over email with no middleman.
Know When Something Better Is Available
In the interview, Grohl told a famous joke about a drummer’s last words being, “Hey guys, I wrote a song.” But despite his level of skill as a drummer, songwriter, and singer, he decided to step back and let Nirvana be Nirvana. This meant letting Kurt Cobain define the sound and not interfering with that process.
In some ways, this led to the Foo Fighters. Grohl took a backseat to Nirvana and even the band Scream beforehand. While playing with other friends, he would borrow a tape and play each part to make the song himself. The Foo Fighters started because he didn’t feel like he needed his songs on a Nirvana record.
All Of Your Heroes Are Vulnerable
While filming Sound City, Dave Grohl got to spend time with giants like Paul McCartney and Stevie Nicks. But to his surprise, these artists were just as vulnerable and humble as anyone else. Despite their musical history, they asked for suggestions and were not sure of themselves.
“Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that this person you idolize is human and has all of the vulnerabilities that you do,” he said. In the movie, it was clear that those people that gravitated towards Soundcity were willing to chase mistakes. They were willing to be vulnerable and make an imperfect recording.
Be Grateful Just To Wake Up And Try
“When Kurt [Cobain] died, I woke up the next day and thought, ‘I am lucky to be alive.’ To this day, I feel that every morning when I wake up. It’s so strange to think that person was just here and now they’re just gone. But I’m still here,” he said.
“I felt like the most important thing was just appreciating being alive. Good day or bad day didn’t matter to me. I’m going to try this. What do I have to lose?” Grohl still makes decisions with this thought in mind. Ironically, it allows him to be both grateful and risky at the same time.
The Reward Is In The Music
Before the music industry essentially became the showbiz industry, it was all about the music. “The reward was the music,” said Dave Grohl. As he kid, the point for the musician was just to play the music and enjoy time with other performers. Everything that came later was just a bonus.
When Nirvana first signed, they just wanted to be as big as Sonic Youth. In reality, they just wanted to have money for food. At the age of 19-21, they would often sleep in the floor and perform for gas money. Like any “starving artist,” the point was just to keep pushing forward. “Together we sounded good,” he said about the band.
”Music Is A Big F*cking Deal…”
“Music is a big f*cking deal. I want everyone to feel the way that I feel about music. It’s such a luxury in life that everyone has available to them.” As a kid, punk rock meant joining other kids to play music. There was no thought of record contracts, endorsements, or anything else. At the time he was growing up, it was really just about the music. For Grohl, it still very much is just about the music.
“If you’re passionate, driven, and focused at what you do—if you’re really f*cking good at it—people will take notice,” said the musician. “That’s basically it. I don’t understand the industry. I don’t understand where music is headed. But, I know that when you walk into a club that blows you away, you are going to follow that band. That’s what it takes.”
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