A trailer for the upcoming feature-length film about Seattle rock legend Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) and his band, LOADED, can be viewed below. The movie is based on the band's upcoming album, "The Soundtrack", which is tentatively due on March 22 via Eagle Rock Entertainment, and is being helmed by Seattle filmmaker and documentarian Jamie Burton Chamberlin.
Chamberlin recently told the West Seattle Herald that the upcoming film "will be a contemporary version of, say, '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 Billy Gibbons may swing by West Seattle again to appear in the film. Other big name musicians may also make cameos.
According to Chamberlin, 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 Soundtrack" was recorded at a Seattle-area studio with veteran rock producer Terry Date (SOUNDGARDEN, PANTERA, DEFTONES). Two tracks from "The Soundtrack", both available on all digital service providers, recently made a splash with the public. Anthemic rocker "We Win" was played during the World Series and riled up football fans for McKagan's hometown Seattle Seahawks. "Fight On" draws inspiration from our military veterans, and proceeds from these downloads go exclusively to the Puget Sound Healthcare System.
Eagle Rock Entertainment will re-release DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED's 2009 album "Sick" (originally made available through Century Media) in April. This special reissue of the CD also packs a bonus DVD, featuring 11 tracks from a live set at The Garage in Glasgow filmed in December 2008.
Photo credit: Daniel Zetterstrom