This is it! "Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story" is a documentary about the famous California thrash metal scene directed by Adam Dubin (BEASTIE BOYS' "Fight For Your Right to Party", "No Sleep 'til Brooklyn") The documentary got the name from the infamous Bonded by Blood reference that you’re all familiar with. The movie incorporates over 50 interviews with bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, Death Angel, Testament and many others. The story in the documentary is narrated by Brian Poshen. The documentary will be premiered on Saturday, April 20 at AMC Kabuki 8 in San Francisco, California at 1 p.m.
Adam Dubin: These are just good stories, and they are very human stories. Narratively, 'Murder In The Front Row' follows the story of a group of young kids in Northern California with a shared passion for heavy rock bands like UFO, IRON MAIDEN and MOTÖRHEAD. "All these bands were mainly from England, and they never really toured the West Coast," says Dubin. "So these young people started creating their own music, starting their own fanzines, booking clubs and trading tapes. These were people who were adamant about music and the bands, but also each other."
The documentary was based on photo shoots by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew authors of the magnificent book Murder in the Front Row: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash metal epicenter who brought the entire scene of the 80s to life through some epic footage of the bands that changed the face of music. Dubin stated: "What I loved about the book is that it wasn't just about METALLICA. It was documenting a vibrant scene, where all the bands were equal and there was real camaraderie. The photos captured the sweat of the clubs, the ringing in your ears and the power of young people. Harald and Brian captured the humanity of it, and they understood that I was somebody who could bring that out in a film."
Dubin is known for his work with Metallica such as A Year And A Half In The Life Of Metallica Parts 1 & 2", "Hit The Lights: The Making Of Metallica Through The Never" and "Freeze 'Em All: Metallica In Antarctica", Nothing Else Matters music video.
The premiere will be held with Metal Allegiance performance featuring Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER), David Ellefson (MEGADETH) and Mark Menghi. The performance on April 20th at Filmore will also feature Gary Holt of Exodus.
The official trailer features James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Alex Skolnick of and Chuck Billy of Testament, Gary Holt, Tom Hunting and Rick Hunolt of Exodus, Kerry King,Tom Araya, Dave Lombardo and Paul Bostaph of Slayer, Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson of Megadeth, Mark Osegueda of Death Angel, Phil Demmel of Vio-Lence/Machine Head, Harald Oimoen (ex-D.R.I.), Larry LaLonde (ex- Possessed, ex-Blind Illusion, Primus), Charlie Benante of Anthrax.
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