Ten dollars bought a lot of rock 'n' roll last Friday night (Oct. 16) on James Island when the Terrace held the Charleston premiere of Davis Guggenheim's documentary It Might Get Loud. The beloved Lowcountry ass-kickers Leslie performed on the stage in the main theater before a midnight showing of the film. The band cranked up a little after 10 p.m. and ripped through a rocking set to a very appreciative, nearly-full house. As usual, they looked and sounded great.
When it comes to rock 'n' roll, they are simply perfect. It's impossible to not love these dudes. To see them in this setting was really a treat. It worked well. With the low lighting they brought in casting giant shadows on the large screen behind them, it gave the performance a cool look and feel. The mixed crowd ate it up.
Singer/guitarist Sadler Vaden's tone, drummer Jonathan Carman's Bonham-esque drumming, and bassist Jason Fox's bitchin' bass line in "Midnight Creep" (especially without the pick) were the high points. But the MVP was (and always is) Fox's mustache. That thing rocks.
It Might Get Loud is a documentary from the point of view from three generations of legendary rock guitarists The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs). The film follows them as they wax philosophically on their instruments, their inspirations, and their histories. All three are interesting, inspiring, passionate, and insightful, as is the film itself. Concentrating more on their lives and ideals and less on guitar technicalities, Loud had a much wider appeal; something for everyone, not just the guitar players.
In one of the most charming scenes, when all three finished jammed on U2's "I Will Follow," Page asked The Edge, "Are you sure about that C?" The only complaint would be that there could have been more coverage of them interacting and perhaps less of their individual back-stories, especially since anyone watching would most likely know them all by now. But overall the film is excellent.
Sometimes this town really gets it right. Friday night was one of these times. Watching a real rock 'n' roll band play before a really cool rock 'n' roll film was a great idea. Leslie set us up and It Might Get Loud knocked us down. Proper.