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Dave Grohl's 'What Drives Us' documentary is set to land on Amazon Prime on April 30. © Bang Showbiz What Drives Us poster
The first trailer for the star-studded film, which features interviews with the likes of Sir Ringo Starr, Brian Johnson, St. Vincent, Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Tyler, has been unleashed.
In the clip, the Foo Fighters frontman said: “This film is my love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends and left it all behind for the simple reward of playing music.
“What started as a project to pull back the curtain on the DIY logistics of stuffing all of your friends and equipment into a small space for months on end eventually turned into an exploration of ‘why?’ What drives us?’”
Dave Grohl gearing up to publish first memoir
Dave Grohl gearing up to publish first memoirThe Best of You hitmaker has been regaling fans with funny and poignant anecdotes from his career via his Instagram account @davestruestories since its launch last year, and now he's used that idea to score himself a publishing deal for his first book.
Directed by the 'Learn to Fly' hitmaker and produced by the rock band - also comprising Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffee, Pat Smear - the feature pays "homage to the moment in every musician’s life when their commitment is tested and their desire to play music for others becomes an almost irrational act of blind faith. The first step to prove to yourself and the world that you belong is to load up your instruments, your talent and your courage, and get in the van to take your music to the world — a true rock and roll rite of passage."
Gallery: I'm your ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb! These are the 10 best music biopics of all time (BANG Showbiz)
I think I just need a break…from the band!
Music biopics are a bona fide genre, and there’s no sign of their popularity dimming anytime soon. There’s just something so exhilarating about getting a peak into the private lives of your favourite artists, from the struggles, to the determination, and the falls from grace. And watching actors transform into the musicians they’re playing can be extremely impressive. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best music biopics ever made…
It’s been 11 years since ‘The Runaways’ was released. This 2010 film about the 1970s rock band of the same name starred Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart as Cheri Currie and Joan Jett, respectively. It follows the early days of the teen girl rock back, from their formation in 1975 to Cheri’s departure in 1977. ‘The Runaways’ received generally positive reviews, with Kristen and Dakota’s performances being praised as some of the film’s strongest elements.
Get on Up
Years before the late great Chadwick Boseman became a superhero in ‘Black Panther’, he had a starring role as the Godfather of Soul James Brown. Directed by Tate Taylor, ‘Get on Up’ jazzily reshuffles Brown’s story, jumping around from the 80s to the 60s to the 30s, connecting events through their thematic links rather than straight chronology. The rest of the ensemble cast include Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Dan Aykroyd.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ sees Rami Malek transform into Freddie Mercury and follows the singer’s life from the formation of Queen to the band’s iconic 1985 Live Aid performance at the original Wembley Stadium. The film was a major box office success, grossing $905 million worldwide, and also won Best Motion Picture at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and four Oscars. Rami received overwhelming praise for his portrayal of the late singer, and went on the win Best Actor at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards and BAFTAs.
Sid and Nancy
Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb give incredible performances as Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in the 1986 ‘Sid and Nancy’. Set against the rise of the punk scene in late 70s London, the film follows the tumultuous love affair that devolved into drug abuse, violence, and Nancy’s murder. Despite failing to recoup its production budget at the box office, the film received positive reviews from critics and has since developed a cult following.
Jamie Foxx nabbed an Oscar in 2005 for his uncanny incarnation of the late Ray Charles in ‘Ray’. The 2004 film focused on 30 years in the life of the rhythm and blues musician, and features other brilliant performances from the likes of Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell, Regina King, and Mergie Hendricks.
‘The Dirt’ is a 2019 biopic about the heavy metal band Motley Crue. Starring Douglas Booth, Machine Gun Kelly, Daniel Webber, and Iwan Rheon, it follows their rise from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of international fame in the 1980s. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who said that it would please fans but hesitated “in handling the more troubling aspects of the band’s history.”
Oliver Stone’s 1991 biopic tells the story of the rock band The Doors, emphasising the life of its lead singer, Jim Morrison. Played by Val Kilmer, Morrison is portrayed as the larger-than-life icon of the 60s rock and roll and counterculture, including his hippie lifestyle and growing obsession with death. Meg Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan co-star as Morrison’s girlfriend Pamela Courson and bandmate Ray Manzarek.
What’s Love Got to Do With it
Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishbourne both earned Oscar nominations for their stellar portrayals of Tina and Ike Turner in ‘What’s Love Got to Do With it’. This 1993 film was adapted from the book ‘I, Tina’, which was co-written by Tina herself and Kurt Loder. It follows her rise from back-up singer to star, who narrowly survives an abusive relationship, and ultimately breaks free and takes her own place in the solo spotlight.
The doc was originally set to be played before every concert on the US band's 25th anniversary ‘Van Tour’, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Meanwhile, Dave is set to share "tales of life and music" in his upcoming tome, 'The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music'.
The book, a "collection of memories of a life lived loud" – which follows the launch of his Dave's True Stories Instagram account last year – is set for release on October 5.
The 52-year-old rocker said: "So, I've written a book.
"Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ('It's a piece of cake! Just do four hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!'), I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand.
"The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I've recorded and can't wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the KISS posters on my wall as a child."
Michael B Jordan shares update on Static Shock movie .
Jordan's Worlds of DC title is getting there.Michael B Jordan is fast becoming the man of the moment, with titles such as Without Remorse, Black Panther 2, and Creed 3 either out now or on the horizon. There's another project on his radar, though: a Static Shock movie.