Director Danny Clinch, famed for his concert films and photography, has a recent endeavor that has rock fans buzzing - his depiction of Gov’t Mule’s live performance of “Bring on the Music – Live From The Capitol Theatre.”
We went inside the exclusive early screening of a shortened version of the five-hour film followed by a Q&A with rock legend Warren Haynes as well as Danny Clinch himself.
The film shows you the live concert performances straight from The Capitol while also weaving insights from the band throughout about everything from songwriting to rehearsals to the next generation of rock artists.
When asked how the film came to be, Haynes responded, “I think between the fact that our 25th anniversary was coming up and us feeling like the band’s in a really good place right now, we should be documenting where we are.”
But how does a rock band put on a show specifically to be made into a film? “Our job was to forget that the camera was rolling and just try to play music and do the best performance we can do,” Haynes says.
“A concert film should be a portrait of a band at that moment in their life,” Clinch reveals. “I’m capturing history in a way.”
But with a lengthy discography like Gov’t Mule's, how does the band decide on a setlist that will encompass their musical journey and make for an enticing version to be immortalized in a film medium?
“I wanted to include something from each studio record, something from each era of the band, and also pull out some songs that we haven’t played in a long time and ones that have not been on our previous live releases,” Haynes reveals.
And considering all of the material the band and filmmakers had to choose from, Clinch chimes in, “I think it is interesting coming in to make a major concert film at this point in your career. It is a tough choice.”
The “Bring on the Music – Live From the Capitol Theatre” 2 CD set, vinyl, and digital drop on June 28th. You can expect the 2 CD/2 DVD deluxe package and Blu-ray on July 19th.