Lars Ulrich, Tom Morello, John Kasich Featured in ‘Long Live Rock’ Documentary

2021-02-15

Lars Ulrich of Metallica stands atop his drum kit during a Metallica concert in Detroit, Michigan.

Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

A new documentary called “Long Live Rock…Celebrate the Chaos” pays tribute to the power and experience of a rock show

The world is coming up on the one-year anniversary of concerts being shut down due, so it seems like an appropriate time to reflect on the importance of the rock show. Now, a new documentary is going inside the storied rock and metal concert to highlight its power.

The documentary, called “Long Live Rock…Celebrate the Chaos,” will offer interviews with major musicians from the rock and metal stratosphoere, including Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Guns N’ Roses bass player Duff McKagan and more. In the film, each musician discusses why they believe in the importance of live rock and metal music.

“Myself, the music I’m making and the audience is one of the most important relationships in my life,” Morello says in the documentary’s trailer, which can be viewed via YouTube below. “It’s a real connection that’s more than, like, ‘We’re gonna go play a show, there’s an ocean of people, there’s a check at the end of the day.’ Don’t tell anybody, but I’d do this for free.”

“Music has the ability to heal the human soul like nothing else can,” adds Greta Van Fleet.

Former Ohio Governor John Kasich even appears in the documentary. In the trailer, Kasich states, “Whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, a liberal or a conservative, when the music catches you, it does matter. We’re all one.”

Other rockers featured in the film include Rob Zombie, as well as members of Greta Van Fleet, Halestorm, Slipknot, Black Veil Brides, Korn, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold and more.

“We follow some of these passionate fans as they drop everything to ‘commune’ with their ‘rock family’ at music festivals across the U.S. or wherever the road takes them to celebrate the chaos that is rock ‘n’ roll,” the movie’s official description states.

“Long Live Rock…Celebrate the Chaos” will debut through an online screening March 11. For more information, head to LongLiveRockMovie.com.

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