By: Adam Kujawski
With the arrival of Metallica’s heavy metal thriller, Metallica: Through the Never, currently on the silver screen, we’ve compiled a list of the Top Five Live Concert Films that Rock! Check out the list and clips from these rockin' movies below and let us know what you think!
1. Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains the Same
The Song Remains the Same is a 1976 live film featuring the one and only, Led Zeppelin. The band was recorded during a concert at Madison Square Garden, and both music and theater were incorporated into the film. As Zeppelin plays, each band member can be seen living in a separate fantasy world with the intention of giving insight into the personalities of the musicians.
2. Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense, the 1984 film that took its name from the lyrics to “Girlfriend is Better,” documented the Talking Heads’ concert at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater. The rock doc was shot over a three-night period as the band was touring to promote their now-iconic album, Speaking in Tongues. The concert begins with a solo performance of “Psycho Killer” by lead singer David Byrne, and each song afterward adds another member to the band until finally, the entire band is on stage for their biggest hit, “Burning Down the House.”
3. The White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights
After more than a decade of success, The White Stripes finally released a live album titled Under Great White Northern Lights in 2010. The film opens in Toronto as the Detroit rock duo begin to tour around Canada, but then proceed to play unannounced shows in absurd places such as a bowling alley, a bus and even a senior center. The spontaneous, lighthearted nature of the tour is what makes Under Great White Northern Lights so unique, and the ending may even bring a tear to your eye.
4. U2- Rattle and Hum
Following their release of The Joshua Tree in 1987, U2 toured North America and documented their experience in the rockumentary Rattle and Hum. The film itself received mixed reviews, but it witnessed widespread commercial success, selling millions of copies worldwide. The film featured guests from their tour, including legends like B.B. King and Bob Dylan.
5. Metallica – Metallica: Through the Never
Metallica: Through the Never, is not a conventional rock film solely featuring concert footage, but rather it is a 3D cinematic adventure set to the tune of the band’s music. A fictional roadie named Trip (Dane DeHaan) is entrusted with the task of retrieving Metallica’s precious cargo, though his mission soon takes on an entirely different light when he wakes up in a post-apocalyptic-like society following a car crash. The movie, which gets its name from a song off Metallica's1991 self-titled album, was filmed during two shows in Canada which the band was on their World Magnetic tour.
The first nationwide showings of Metallica: Through the Never took place on September 27, the 27th anniversary of the death of original bassist Cliff Burton; the film broke records for most successful opening weekend of a concert film in IMAX history.