The first episode of "The Taking", the series starring DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED — the band led by VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan — can be seen below. A total of 10 vignettes will tell a tale of totally bizarre adventures, imprisoned band members, and kids-size ice cream cones. Helmed by Seattle filmmaker and documentarian Jamie Burton Chamberlin, the series explores the lyrical content of LOADED's studio album of the same title.
In a November 2010 interview with West Seattle Herald, Chamberlin said that the film "will be a contemporary version of, say, [THE BEATLES'] 'Hard Day's Night' meets [LED ZEPPELIN's] 'The Song Remains the Same', with aspects of documentary, music video, and live performance, all interconnected by an underlying motivation. The album will serve as the soundtrack." He added, "Everything will be shot in Seattle and the Northwest. We hope to use locations in West Seattle and other familiar settings to create these vignettes that develop organically within them."
Chamberlin told the West Seattle Herald that McKagan may push to have the piece released in the film festival circuit to offer exposure to a wider audience beyond his music fans.
"Not a lot of artists out there are interested in going to this extreme of having their music interpreted in film," said Chamberlin. "This project wouldn't be happening without Duff's vision, and the support of people like Rick Canny at Sanctuary management, LOADED's manager.
"Duff is a super guy, one of the nicest guys you could meet. He has shown a strong commitment to getting this project off the ground. He's got a great business sensibility and is totally creative, qualities that draw me to him as an artist. He's just a classy cat."
"The Taking" will feature cameos by Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Sean Kinney (ALICE IN CHAINS), Gilby Clarke (GUNS N' ROSES), Steve Jones (SEX PISTOLS) and Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD), among others.