In 2009, The Black Lips started investigating the possibility of a bridge building tour of the Middle East with stops throughout the region. After two years of planning, several uprisings, a civil war the tour finally came to fruition in the fall of 2012. It wasn't easy either. Promoters in Jordan and Alexandria, Egypt backed out at the last minute because the band had played shows in Israel and a show in Erbil, Iraq had to be changed when an explicit video of the band was viewed by a government official. It all worked out in the end though and the shows in Alexandria and Erbil turned out to be highlights of the tour. Kids Like You and Me: A Middle East Tour Film documents this journey through one of the most exciting regions in the world including three groundbreaking stops in Egypt. (The last known American rock band to play Egypt being The Grateful Dead in 1978!) Get on the bus with The Black Lips and their good friends, Lebanese indie rockers, Lazzy Lung. See the people of the ...Written by
The original show scheduled for Erbil, Iraq was cancelled after government officials saw the Black Lips promotional video for their song Family Tree which featured male kissing, nudity and fake blood. See more »
For any music lovers who are curious about how people in the Middle East live amid the turmoil of regime change and the constant threat of war, this film proves that great music and common understanding between people of different cultures is all we need to stitch up that which violence threatens to destroy. An affirming piece of story telling that goes beneath the CNN clips and proves that no matter the situation, all people just want to let loose, forget their cares, and rock out for a bit, even as the threat of the outside world looms large. You do not need to be a fan of punk or indie rock music to enjoy this one: just a fan of the idea that the best way to solve our problems is to come together and have a good time. The Black Lips should be applauded for their tour off the beaten path, and this film pays homage to the authentic soul the band brings to everything they do.
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