Slipknot, Metallica and Korn head a star-studded cast in the music documentary ‘Long Live Rock… Celebrate The Chaos’

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in Culture on February 11, 2021

The feature film explores the subculture that exists among the community of rock and metal through the lens of the some of the most prolific contributors and the family of fans around the world.

The latest trailer for the rock-doc ‘Long Live Rock… Celebrate The Chaos‘ features the kind of comprehensive examination of the subculture of heavy music that is sorely needed after nearly a full year of no live music.

The Jonathan McHugh-helmed project was produced by music industry veterans Gary Spivack and Jonathan Platt and chronicles the nuanced, often stigmatized culture at the core of heavy music. Featuring members of Metallica, Guns N ’Roses, Slipknot, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Rage Against the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Halestorm, and a myriad more, the interviews with the artists highlights the unique, symbiotic relationship between the fans and the bands.

In addition to the fan dynamic, the film explores the nefarious side of life onstage including the pitfalls of substance abuse and the prevalence of depression that often goes undiscussed.

Lastly, the film will dig into the detailed elements of the world of heavy music that are often misunderstood. Examining the mosh pit, the ‘Wall of Death’, and the nomadic diehards that opt to travel in support of the bands they love, Long Live Rock… Celebrate The Chaos‘ is the kind of cinematic portrayal that does exactly that.

In his director’s statement, Jonathan McHugh explained the inspiration for his directorial debut and offered a message of optimism with the hope that the film reminds the audience of what the thrill of a live show can be.

Growing up in Staten Island, NY I would do anything to see legends like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath & KISS, perform at Madison Square Garden, or Nassau Coliseum. I was lucky to fall into the music business doing radio promotion at Elektra Records in the early 90’s, where I worked with Gary Spivack. We were blessed to promote legendary bands like Motley Crue & Metallica. And here we are 25 years later, amplifying and championing this music, now in documentary form. Long Live Rock is a celebration of the chaos that makes this music and its fans, the most passionate in the world. I hope you enjoy watching this film, as much as I enjoyed making it. With all the music festivals and concerts shut down across the world, we hope this film can help tide you over, and we can get back out there and rock the f**k out again.

Jonathan. McHugh

In addition to an impressive collection of interviews and appearances, the film features music from the likes of Metallica, Stone Sour, Greta Van Fleet, Fever 333, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, Prophets of Rage, Rob Zombie, Halestorm, In This Moment, Beartooth, and Godsmack.

Long Live Rock… Celebrate The Chaos‘ arrives March 11th. Watch the trailer for the film below.


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