Friday April 4th marks the release of the long awaited Rolling Stones documentary “Shine A Light“, directed by Martin Scorsese. The film combines shots of the October 2006 concert at New York’s Beacon Theatre with archival footage and limited contemporary interviews.
Scorsese, an obvious fan, states: “The music has been very important to me over the years. It dealt with aspects of the life that I was growing up around, that I was associated with or saw or was experiencing and trying to make sense of” (Article). Scorsese has also shown his affection for the band by featuring the song “Gimme Shelter” in Casino, The Departed and Good Fellas.
“Shine A Light” consists of 17 songs, which include many of the big hits such as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash“, “Start Me Up” and “Brown Sugar“. The film also has guest appearances by blues legend Buddy Guy, White Stripes guitarist Jack White and singer Christina Aguilera.
Front man Mick Jagger preferred to feature a larger show, however Scorsese won the battle for a more intimate venue. Keith Richards is content with the choice as he is a big fan of the Beacon Theatre and alludes to the appropriateness as the Rolling Stones started off in these types of venues, not stadiums. The intimacy should be well displayed across the IMAX screens this Friday.
Factoid: The Rolling Stone song “Gimme Shelter” has been covered by the Goo Goo Dolls, Grand Funk Railroad, and the Sisters of Mercy (who swapped the locations the words “kiss” and “shot” – “War, children, it’s just a kiss away” and “Love, sister, it’s just a shot away”). Patti Smith recorded it for her 2007 album “Twelve”.
This day in classic rock:
1974 – The Who sell out 80,000 seats in 60 hours for Madison Square Garden – a record.