Chelsea Wolfe Shares New Touring Documentary, Releases New Song “Green Altar” And Cover Of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”

Chelsea Wolfe has shared a new touring documentary focusing on her “Birth Of Violence” tour. You can check that out below:

Wolfe said the following about the film:

“It’s not my natural inclination to want cameras around when I’m in my head or doing vocal warmups before a show, or when I’m with friends or family backstage, but Bobby [Cochran] asked, and in the spirit of pushing myself to document that era of my musical life, I welcomed him along. Then, after the COVID-19 pandemic hit and I had to fly home from the European acoustic tour before I got to play a single show of it, I was so grateful that he had this footage and was putting it together. I wanted to share this documentary for that reason as well, for those who had tickets to canceled shows (I love you!), and as a sort of wave goodbye to the time I spent focused on Birth of Violence, as I’m now making plans for and in the headspace of the next new album.”

With this news, Wolfe has also released a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” and a new song titled “Green Altar.” She said the following about the cover:

“While preparing for the ‘Birth of Violence’ tour, I was watching a lot of Joni Mitchell videos. A 1966 Canadian performance that I found of hers ended up inspiring the video for my song ‘Highway.’ One night after working on the live set, Ben [Chisolm] and I were hanging out and I was just letting the Joni videos roll. ‘Woodstock’ came on and I started singing along. After that I simply asked Ben if he’d be into covering it with me for the tour, and we just went back into the studio and started working it out. The cover came together quite naturally and it was a treat to play on stage every night. Joni is obviously such a big inspiration to this side of my music, so it felt right to pay tribute to her.”

[via Revolver]

Former Megadeth Bassist David Ellefson To Narrate/Co-Produce New Documentary On Late Drummer Nick Menza

Screaming Butterfly Entertainment have joined forces with ex-Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s Ellefson Films for a new documentary on late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza. The film, which is titled “This Was My Life: The Story Of Nick Menza,” will be narrated and co-produced by Ellefson.

Ellefson said the following:

“I am proud to announce I will narrate/co-produce the upcoming documentary film ‘This Was My Life: The Story Of Nick Menza’ and I look forward to sharing together with you the life story of one of music’s most celebrated rock star drummers of all time, Nick Menza.”

Menza’s manager Robert Bolger also commented:

“I am very happy to connect David Ellefson with Screaming Butterfly Entertainment to narrate/co-produce the project. Ellefson’s involvement and knowledge will secure the authenticity of the film. They both spent a lot of personal time together touring world, and if anyone knew Nick best, it’s David Ellefson. Nick loved his fans and always said without the fans none this would be possible. I really think Nick’s fans will enjoy this journey through his life.”

Executive producer/director Holly Mollohan (Screaming Butterfly Entertainment) added:

“I am very happy to welcome David Ellefson to the ‘This Was My Life’ team. He brings with him a wealth of in-depth knowledge and personal experience that will be so valuable to making this film something very special for the fans and Nick’s family. I believe that his involvement will be an extremely positive addition to the project, and am excited to collaborate with him on the film.”

With this news, an Indiegogo campaign has also been launched to for the film. Fans that donate will have a chance to get some Nick Menza merch and memorabilia.

[via Blabbermouth]

Dave Lombardo-Scored Cuban Metal Documentary “Los Últimos Frikis” To Receive North American Release

“Los Últimos Frikis,” the documentary focusing on the Cuban metal band ZEUS, will be receiving a North American release next month. The film, which was scored and executive produced by Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), will be available on First Look Media’s Topic on September 16 and through Vimeo On-Demand starting September 2.

Director Nicholas Brennan said the following:

“‘Los Últimos Frikis’ is the culmination of a cross-border collaboration between Cuban and American filmmakers, musicians and artists who have worked together over the past decade to share this unheard story from Cuba with the world. It’s an important example for our current times of how collaboration and friendship can overcome our political differences. Partnering with Dave Lombardo on this film has been one of the pinnacles of my creative career. Dave has brought a deeply personal and creative weight to his music in this film, informed both by his Cuban roots as well our shared time together in Havana over the past few years. With the film’s original score, Dave pours his heart into the music, blending Cuban rhythms, a deeply emotional sensitivity, and his metal instincts to echo the powerful, impactful story of ZEUS as it unfolds on screen.”

Lombard added:

“I have always wanted to score a film. It’s been a goal of mine for many years now. When Nick told me his vision for this documentary, I was immediately intrigued by the story because it could have been mine. When he asked me to score the film, I didn’t hesitate to accept. It couldn’t have been a more perfect match for my debut at a new form of musical expression. I have been on a path of making music solely for myself and various bands for 37 years. This is for the people of my birthplace. This is for my blood and for healing.”

Ryan Chanatry, general manager of Topic, also commented:

“Now that our team has become dedicated ZEUS fans, we can’t wait to introduce our audience to their fascinating story. The band epitomizes the boundary-pushing, unconventional and highly entertaining spirit that Topic viewers revel in. We know that Nicholas’s brilliant storytelling and, of course, the music will empower a new legion of Frikis to rock out and speak out as fearlessly as ZEUS does for what they believe, especially as Cubans make their voices heard.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Discusses His Career In New Episode Of Gibson’s “Icons” Series

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine is featured in the latest episode of Gibson‘s “Icons” series. The documentary, which focuses on the frontman’s life and career, can be seen below. Here’s an official description of the episode:

“In the latest episode of Icons, Gibson TV sits down with a man that’s helped define the genre of heavy metal, the one and only Dave Mustaine. Dave Mustaine is undoubtedly one of the most influential lead players in metal. In this intimate look into his musical journey, Dave lets viewers in and shares very personal stories about his childhood, his time with Metallica, and the enduring legacy of Megadeth. Rare photos and footage from Dave’s storied career and tumultuous life paint a picture of a man who has overcome so much and yet never, ever lost his absolute love of playing guitar and creating music.”

Wendy Dio Offers Update On Upcoming Ronnie James Dio Documentary

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Ronnie James Dio’s widow and manager Wendy Dio offered an update on her late husband’s upcoming documentary. According to her, the film will be released in 2022.

Wendy said the following:

“I’m going to see the first cut of it next week. They’re coming out, and I’m seeing the first cut next week. We are hoping to get it out in ’22 — well, it will come out in ’22, for sure. Absolutely… [The filming] is done. They’re coming in to let me look at it before it goes to edit. And I’m very excited about it, actually — very excited.”

She also added:

“There’s a bunch of stuff from [old] Super 8 [tapes] and some other stuff. There’s fantastic interviews with all kinds of different people about when they were working with Ronnie or what they were doing at the time, maybe supporting Ronnie. It’s totally different to the [recently released Dio] book. And I’m very interested to see this cut. I’m excited, actually, to see it. And I think it’s gonna be great.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Marty Friedman Says His Upcoming Documentary Will Probably Be Released In Summer 2022

During a recent interview with FOX17 Rock & Review, Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) offered an update on his upcoming documentary “Spacefox.” According to him, the film will probably be released in summer 2022.

Friedman said the following about the documentary:

“It’s being going on since 2016. They’ve been filming, on and off… Mostly around 2019, they got the bulk of it together. When I did my first real tour of America in 2016 after being in Japan for, like, 10 years, that’s what they covered at the beginning, and then they came to Japan and did the main segment. And all they had left to shoot was the very ending, and then the [pandemic] hit.

I’ve been playing the Tokyo Marathon opening ceremony for the last four years, and I was slated to play in 2020, and the film crew was gonna come to Japan and film that, and that was gonna be the big ending. And then possibly in the Olympics, I was not confirmed but there were some things that I could have done in the Olympics and the crew was all planned to come out for any of that stuff to make a final ending to the movie. And that kind of put the kibosh on that. So the next time we get a chance to film together, they’re gonna put the ending on it and we’ll be good to go. But the meat and potatoes of it is done, and I really like it.”

He also added the following about release plans:

“I would say summer of 2022, because I’m probably gonna do some international touring before then, and that would make a nice backdrop for the ending of it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

“This Is GWAR” Documentary To Debut At 2021 Fantastic Fest

GWAR’s new documentary, “This Is GWAR,” is set to debut at the 2021 Fantastic Fest, which will take place in Austin, TX on September 23-30. The film was directed by Scott Barber with producers Tommy Avallone and Josh Goldbloom and it will feature interviews with current and past members of the band, Weird Al Yankovic, Thomas Lennon, Alex Winter, Bam Margera and Ethan Embry. It will also include never before seen footage of late frontman Dave Brockie. “Let There Be GWAR” author Bob Gorman commented:

“The story that emerges shows the trials and tribulations of GWAR. The founders of this band deserve credit, and that perspective is in there, but it also follows the story of those who have lived with the band and sought to keep it alive these many years.”

Led Zeppelin Documentary “Becoming Led Zeppelin” Added To Venice International Film Festival

The upcoming band-sanctioned Led Zeppelin documentary, “Becoming Led Zeppelin,” will receive its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in Italy. That event will take place at Venice Lido on September 1-11. The film was directed by Bernard MacMahon and it will feature new interviews with guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, and bassist John Paul Jones, as well as rare archival interviews with late drummer John Bonham. MacMahon previously commented:

‘Becoming Led Zeppelin’ is a film that no one thought could be made. The band’s meteoric rise to stardom was swift and virtually undocumented. Through an intense search across the globe and years of restoration of the visual and audio archive found, this story is finally able to be told.”

Title Revealed For Band-Sanctioned Led Zeppelin Documentary

“Becoming Led Zeppelin” has been chosen as the title for the upcoming band-sanctioned Led Zeppelin documentary. That film is being directed by Bernard MacMahon and it will feature new interviews with guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, and bassist John Paul Jones, as well as rare archival interviews with late drummer John Bonham. MacMahon commented:

‘Becoming Led Zeppelin’ is a film that no one thought could be made. The band’s meteoric rise to stardom was swift and virtually undocumented. Through an intense search across the globe and years of restoration of the visual and audio archive found, this story is finally able to be told.”

Heavy Water (Saxon, Naked Six) Share “Red Brick City” Documentary

Heavy Water, the project featuring Biff Byford (Saxon) and his son Seb Byford (Naked Six), have shared a new documentary on the making of their debut album “Red Brick City.” You can check that out below: