Canadian indie director Reg Harkema ("Monkey Warfare") has confirmed to Bad Feeling Magazine that he is working with the Banger Films duo Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn on an upcoming documentary on reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN.
Harkema previously collaborated with McFadyen and Dunn on the feature "Super Duper Alice Cooper", which follows the outrageous theatrical rocker chronologically from his childhood as a minister's son to pop culture icon, as well as on the TV doc series "Metal Evolution".
"To me, Alice Cooper was a voyage of discovery, from someone who could kind of journey into the past and see what it was like," Harkema told Bad Feeling Magazine. "SOUNDGARDEN is much closer to my own sort of experience of being a music fan and kind of reconciling these punk rock ideals. For them, it was much more exaggerated, having these punk rock ideals and then dealing with becoming 'metal rock stars.' I get that kind of internal struggle, much more than I do wrestling with freebase cocaine addiction."
According to Harkema, filming for the SOUNDGARDEN documentary is likely to begin this summer during the band's co-headlining tour with NINE INCH NAILS.
"It's a little bit difficult because they're touring, but [SOUNDGARDEN drummer] Matt Cameron is not touring with them this summer because he's got PEARL JAM commitments," Harkema said. "There's some key shows that Matt Cameron is going to be playing, so we're going to be trying to send cameras out for that. But I think when they're coming through Toronto, we've definitely got it scheduled in to get some interviews in with them."
Harkema revealed to Bad Feeling Magazine that the SOUNDGARDEN film cover the band's entire career, from their early days in the Seattle club scene through their breakup in the late '90s and their reunion in 2010 which led to the release of a comeback album, 2012's "King Animal".
"We're going to concentrate on [the '90s] era mostly," Harkema said. "It'll probably be like 70-75% mid-'80s to the breakup, and then catch up on the reunion and the present day. We'd like to shoot some big special concert, and maybe use that as a structural spine. We're going to shoot all the interviews so they're more on-camera, so you can kind of get the emotion in the faces. There's a lot of stuff that they went through, and a lot of stuff that they [shrug off], that I think we can dig deep underneath, and get back to how they felt emotionally at the time."
In a recent interview with Metal Insider, Dunn stated about the upcoming SOUNDGARDEN documentary: "We're going to look at that band's career, how they were the first band in the Seattle scene, how they rose to become the biggest band in the world in the mid-'90s, and much to everyone's surprise they called it quits. And here we are, 20 years later, and they're back at it, so we're excited to tell that story."
British heavy metal legends BLACK SABBATH are taking over Hyde Park in London on July 4 and will be joined by SOUNDGARDEN and special guests FAITH NO MORE.
After a triumphant return back on the rock scene last year, BLACK SABBATH are now thundering into Hyde Park to cast a night of darkness in what is set to be a bright summer. The legendary Ozzy Osborne and his bandmates Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi will be headlining the same stage that fellow rock legends THE ROLLING STONES presided over for two historic gigs last year.
Not content with just playing the park, British Summer Time becomes Black Sabbath Time! Announcing their show with an impressive takeover of the Royal Park, the band will blaze onto the Great Oak Stage in Hyde Park for their first-ever performance at the venue later this year.
Hailing from Birmingham in the late '60s, BLACK SABBATH are the undisputed founders of British heavy rock. They have always undoubtedly been one of the best live bands in the world. In 2013, the band returned in the most triumphant style with a global number one album, sellout tours and a prestigious Classic Rock Living Legends award. From their first visit to London to record their debut album to selling out the O2 last year, the band have one ambition left, to melt the faces off the Hyde Park crowd.
As Ozzy says: "The first time I came to London, I didn't have a pot to piss in, and I spent the advance I got for the first album on a new pair of shoes and some Brut aftershave. Returning almost 50 years on, we are doing a bit better for ourselves, so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park, the most beautiful park in London that has opened its gates to so many legends in the past. We are beyond honoured to be allowed to put on a show and hope that the Royals will enjoy it!"
Support for the show will come from SOUNDGARDEN and special guests FAITH NO MORE.
Other artists to entertain throughout the afternoon include: MOTÖRHEAD, SOULFLY, WOLFMOTHER, GALLOWS, HELL, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, BO NINGEN, RISE TO REMAIN and BROKEN HANDS, to name a few. The full lineup can be found at www.bst-hydepark.com.
Lineup on July 4:
Great Oak Stage
FAITH NO MORE
The Barclaycard Theatre
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS
THE GRAVEL TONES
HANG THE BASTARD
A PLASTIC ROSE
RISE TO REMAIN
Drummer Matt Cameron of reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN will sit out the band's live appearances in 2014 due to his commitments as a member of PEARL JAM.
In a statement posted earlier today (Friday, November 15) on SOUNDGARDEN's web site, Cameron wrote: "I will be taking 2014 off from SOUNDGARDEN touring due to prior commitments promoting [PEARL JAM's album] 'Lightning Bolt' with my brothers in PEARL JAM and the desire to have more time at home with my family. I am trying to balance the many twists and turns of my awesome music career. This is temporary. I am still an active member of SOUNDGARDEN."
Cameron added that he is helping his SOUNDGARDEN bandmates — Chris Cornell (vocals, guitar), Ben Shepherd (bass) and Kim Thayil (guitar) — find "the perfect substitute for the upcoming SOUNDGARDEN dates in 2014."
SOUNDGARDEN is scheduled to play at Lollapalooza festivals in Chile, Argentina and Brazil in the spring and has confirmed several German concerts in June.
SOUNDGARDEN's very first record releases are being reissued on CD, double vinyl and as a digital set on November 26 via Sub Pop Records.
The set will include the band's entire debut EP, "Screaming Life", as well as bonus tracks from its "Fopp" EP and songs that appeared on the "Sub Pop 200" compilation, all initially issued in the late Eighties.
"King Animal", the first collection of all-new material in 16 years from SOUNDGARDEN, and first since the group reunited in 2010, sold 83,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort arrived in stores on November 13, 2012 via Tom Whalley's new record label, a partnership between his Seven Four Entertainment and Republic Records.