I told myself I would write more posts in 2009, but between being busy at work and waiting and hoping (in vain, mostly) for final information on some potential projects, I kept putting it off! Now that nearly a quarter of the year is over, though, I feel that I’m overdue to at least drop a few lines.
The big music news so far this year is that Johnny will provide a permanent narration for a Doors documentary entitled When You’re Strange. With a temporary narration by director Tom DiCillo, the documentary already had its World Premiere at the Sundance International Film Festival on January 17, 2009, and it also screened at the Berlin Film Festival in February. DiCillo has been somewhat criticized for his dry and wordy voiceover, but he has assured fans that his narration was always intended to be just temporary. He has supposedly tweaked the wording for Johnny’s reading and vows not to screen the film again until Johnny’s contribution has been added.
Johnny would’ve been a small child during The Doors’ heyday in 1966-1970, but his love and respect for rock legends makes him a perfect fit for this film. I’m thrilled that in the last few years, Johnny has lent a hand to several music documentaries (Taraf de Haidouks, Joe Strummer, Tom Petty) and I’m sure he’ll do the story of The Doors justice! According to DiCillo, Johnny may be recording the narration as early as this weekend. If it does not happen soon, his schedule is going to be pretty tight for the next few months, between filming The Rum Diary and doing press for Public Enemies. So I just wish the project well and hope that the film can be completed soon so it can start getting some screenings!
I’ve already corrected my 2008 year-end post regarding the Glenn Tilbrook release, Pandemonium Ensues. Johnny does indeed participate on the album, but not on guitar as had originally been reported by Teletext. Glenn himself states in this interview that he asked Johnny and Vanessa Paradis to sing on the album, but while Vanessa duets with Glenn on the song Interest & Love, Johnny was uncomfortable about singing and therefore did a spoken voiceover on the song Too Close To The Sun. While I love any form of musical participation on Johnny’s part, I admit that I wish that Johnny had played guitar. In Glenn’s interview, he mentions that the album was pretty much finished and was being mixed in LA by the time Johnny and Vanessa came on board, so I guess that there were no more instrumental parts left to add. Next time, Glenn! The CD has already been released in the UK, and will come out in the US on April 9.
I’ve seen no news so far this year on the status of the Do It For Johnny or Rock And A Hard Place: Another Night At The Agora documentaries. Neither web page has been updated in quite awhile. I’m also anxious to hear more about the possible Rogue’s Gallery follow-up, but there has been no info about that since the BBC report last summer. Here’s hoping for more news soon on any or all of these potential projects!