The concert documentary is nothing new.
Massive acts like The Rolling Stones (1970’s Gimmie Shelter) and Led Zeppelin (1976’s The Song Remains the Same) offered fans a rare peek behind the touring curtain while also providing live versions of hit songs. The process has been fine-tuned over the years by bands like U2 (Rattle and Hum), Talking Heads (Stop Making Sense) and Pearl Jam (Pearl Jam Twenty), to name just a few.
This weekend, Katy Perry joins the list of pop artists who have brought their live act to movie theaters for an immersive 3D experience. Perry’s Part of Me 3D
features the California Girl
performing most of her chart-topping hits as part of her recent global tour. Fans wearing special Katy Perry 3D glasses will be treated to buoyant performances of E.T., The One that Got Away, Peacock, Hot N Cold, Last Friday Night
and, of course, Firework
But it’s the moments off the stage that resonated with me during a screening of Part of Me. Co-directors Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz don’t hesitate to show the hardships Perry faced trying to make her marriage with comedian Russell Brand work. (One scene, of a visibly shaken Perry swallowing tears so she could take the stage in South America, will move most audience members.) They also show how tireless Perry can be in-between gigs, going above and beyond to reach out to her fans in meet-and-greet sessions or publicity outings.
The movie showed me another side of Katy Perry, one I was thankful to see.
Which got me thinking: Who else would you like to see profiled in one of these part-concert, part-confessional 3D big screen experience? Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers and U2 recently opened up for behind-the-scenes concert movies. Madonna infamously bared all in Truth or Dare, but that was years ago. Boy band One Direction will be featured in a concert movie next year.
Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and possibly Chris Brown strike me as pop artists who could benefit from a backstage expose. Classic rockers like Aerosmith or the reunited Van Halen could make for extremely interesting case matters.
So tell us, if you could program an artist who’d participate in a 3D concert experience, who would you choose, and why?