The Rolling Stones historic and triumphant return to Hyde Park was without doubt the event of the summer. Over 100,000 delirious fans of all ages packed into the park for two spectacular ... See full summary »
Directed by Andreas Neumann and Joshua Homme, American Valhalla tells the story of an unlikely musical collaboration between two mavericks of American rock: Joshua Homme, frontman of Queens... See full summary »
The film follows the Rolling Stones across South America and Mexico and finally ends with their historical concert in Cuba. It begins with the band rehearsing and discussing what it takes to "get the rust out" before they tour. They seemed to hit all the major countries in South America before moving onto Mexico. Clips of them performing their most famous hits in huge concert venues are effectively interspersed with shots of the local culture and scenery of the various countries they toured. The energy of their fans is contagious. It also documents the great difficulty they had being the first rock and roll band to perform (for free) in Cuba for many decades. Only one of their setbacks included being preempted from their original concert date by President Obama's historic visit. Hint: when you see the credits start to roll, stay seated. The Rolling Stones perform several more songs after the credit have rolled.Written by
I saw this in the theater 2 nights ago. There wasn't much information about this film online and I assumed that this was simply the theatrical version of the 2016 Stones Blu Ray/DVD release of "Havana Moon", the concert film of the Stone's free concert in Cuba. However, this film is definitely not "Havana Moon". This is a documentary of the 2016 South American trek through the continent. I've seen every Stones film and documentary and this one ranks right up there at the top. The film is really split into 3 sections that are distributed throughout the presentation. It shows the dedication and love of Stones fans throughout South America (Love the Rolingas!) and illustrates how our southern neighbors are connected to Stones music. Lots of great scenes of everyday fans. The second section showed the Stones and crews behind the scenes. The point of the film was showing how they were preparing for the Cuba concert and what all went into it but there was lots of crew/management discussions on preparations. Lots of behind the scenes with the Stones. It was fantastic. You can see the different personalities and interactions with all of them. They seem so happy nowadays. Very humorous look at the fellas on tour in their 70's. Believe it or not, Mick Jagger came off particularly well. There was some fantastic footage of Mick and Keith alone discussing their previous visit to South America in the late 60's. They discussed the origin of "Honky Tonk Women". I've heard all this before but the best part was of Keith and Mick performing "Country Honk" acoustically before the camera. It was clearly obvious that these 2 performers know exactly what each other bring to the table and it was a beautiful thing to see. Just Keith with a guitar and Mick sitting next to him singing an old Stones throwaway from 69'. Wonderful. The final section of the film was showing the Stones performing in the different venues throughout South America. This was not a concert film and it showed them performing a song or two but not in their entirety. What was striking was the hysteria of the crowds. I've been to many Stones shows over the years but I have never witnessed anything like what I saw in this film. South America is CRAZY for the Stones and I loved the fact that this film highlighted that. I'm telling you, this is a great documentary on the 2016 Southern Tour of the Americas.
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