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Less bang for your buck
Martin Scorcese's latest effort, Shine A Light, could be brighter...
Tara Brady, 15 Apr 2008
The stars were out in force for the London premiere of Martin Scorsese's new Rolling Stones concert film, Shine A Light, shot during the group's A Bigger Bang tour in 2006. But given the increasingly clinical nature of the Stones' live performances, is the movie actually worth all the fuss?
It’s an hour before the London premiere of Shine A Light, the latest in a long line of distinguished documentaries on the Rolling Stones, and the ladies and gentlemen of the press are already jostling along the red carpet.
For all the pomp and circumstance, for all the bustle of the occasion, at least we have a decent view. Across the way there are hundreds of ordinary punters, who, unadorned by laminates, have been staking out spots since early morning.
Desperate to catch the attention of their heroes, each fan has their own schtick. Over here a man is frantically waving his treasured vinyl copy of Mick Jagger’s She’s The Boss.
Over there, a chap who could have been a contender for the Monster Raving Loony Party is lit up with fairy lights and pearly jacket made from Stones badges. From my vantage point I can spy two amateur oil portraits of the Glimmer Twins held aloft.
Right now I was supposed to be curled up next to Keith Richards in a comfy press suite asking him about the meaning of life, and more importantly, about the meaning of the opening riff for ‘Gimme Shelter’. But these are the Rolling Stones. If they feel like cancelling all of their promotional press for Shine A Light in Ireland and the UK, I suspect they can afford to take the hit.
As is always the case with these things, there is a seemingly endless parade of TV starlets, Geldof girls and up-and-coming models. None of them are appropriately attired for this rainy evening. The younger statesmen of orthodox rock file by. Liam Gallagher and wife are fashionably late.
But tonight belongs to the old folks. Anita Pallenberg is one of the first to arrive. Alan Yentob and Charles Dance seem keen to talk Stones with anyone who will listen. Look away quickly so as not to catch their eye.