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Kings of Leon Documentary “Talihina Sky” Set To Premiere on Showtime

July 6, 2011 by  
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The Kings of Leon Documentary titled TALIHINA SKY: THE STORY OF KINGS OF LEON, will premiere on SHOWTIME on Sunday, August 21 at 10 PM ET/PT.

When three teenaged brothers and their cousin rebelled against their strict, religious Southern upbringing to form a rock band named Kings of Leon, their humble back story garnered almost as much attention as their music. Many questioned if they were really related and if rumors of their father being a Pentecostal preacher were true. Since then, the band has achieved worldwide, Grammy® Award-winning success and now, the mystery and myths behind these budding rock legends will be laid to rest in the documentary.

The documentary kicks off at the annual Followill family reunion in the back woods of Talihina, Oklahoma, where the boys return to their roots and unwind with their family.  First-time director and Followill friend Stephen C. Mitchell weaves personal home videos, unedited interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the band’s journey from their small-town beginnings — spent in poverty and touring the Bible Belt with their father, a Pentecostal evangelist minister, and their devout mother — to living the rock star dream.    

 

The film premiered this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival.  To learn more about it head here.

 

 

 

Dream Theater Release Documentary Road Video for “Wither”/Q&A with Mike Portnoy

December 2, 2009 by  
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Directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who did the same honors for the first clip for the album’s first single  “A Rite Of Passage,” the “Wither” video was shot on location in the U.K.  as part of DREAM THEATER’s September/October 2009 headlining “Progressive Nation” tour reaching 15 countries. See the video below:

 

Check out this Q&A with Mike Portnoy about the “Wither” video:

How do you feel the song’s somber emotional theme works in the context of a documentary tour video?  There’s a weariness to the road (the traveling to and from the shows, NOT the onstage moments) that is captured here.

“I think this video captures the reality of what it’s really like for us on the road. Sure, the two hours on stage are amazing and ultimately why we do this….but the reality is, there are another 22 hours throughout the day which consists of a lot of traveling, interviews, meet & greets and sometimes a tremendous amount of sitting around and waiting….which sometimes can be very lonely.”
 
What are your thoughts about how the video turned out and how it represents the recent European tour?

“I love the final outcome of this video…it really captured the day to day and hour to hour activities that surround a day on the road with Dream Theater…not only for us, but our crew and our fans as well.”
 
Can you talk about the experience of performing overseas and connecting with your fans there?

“Touring in Europe and the UK are always some of our best shows and are always among the highlights throughout a World Tour for us….the ‘Wither’ shoot alone captured three amazing audiences and venues for us: The Zenith in Paris, The Ahoy in Rotterdam and Wembley Arena in London….all three of these cities, venues and fans are always favorites of ours!”