Thursday, June 3, 2010
All aboard the Festival Express
The resulting documentary, Festival Express, was released in 2003 to positive, often glowing reviews, but somehow we missed it. Which is OK, because we have the DVD right here in our hands. We're just waiting for the right moment to put it in the player.
The concerts bombed -- the final scheduled event in Vancouver never even happened -- because some uppity hippies decided the music should be free. (Imagine testing that concept on today's promoters and musicians.) But more important than concert footage from the stops in Toronto, Winnipeg, Manitoba and Calgary are the intimate glimpses -- drug and alcohol-fueled glances, really -- we get of these musicians as they ride the rails between shows. As the DVD jacket proclaims: "A backstage pass to the wildest and wooliest ride in the history of music."
We have to take this ride just to see Joplin, who would be dead in three months of a heroin overdose. Have you seen it yet? Bring over a bottle of Jack Daniel, we'll pop some corn and fire this puppy up.