After a year-long gestation at film festivals, “Neil Young Trunk Show” hits theaters this weekend for a short run in advance of a DVD Blu-ray release later this year.
Directed by Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme, who also helmed Young’s 2005 concert movie “Heart of Gold,” catches the iconoclastic singer-songwriter during two shows at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pa., during his 2008 “Chrome Dreams II” tour. With a band that includes his wife, Pegi Young, Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina, longtime associates Ben Keith and Rick Rosas, and onstage painter Eric Johnson, Young runs through favorites such as “Like a Hurricane,” “Cowgirl in the Sand” and “After the Gold Rush,” as well as rarely performed material like “Mexico,” “Kansas,” “The Sultan” and a 20-minute rendition of “No Hidden Path.” Demme also includes backstage and behind-the-scenes footage between songs.
Demme has said he hopes to make a third concert film with Young, but no details have been revealed.
“Neil Young Trunk Show” starts a week-long run on Friday, March 19, at the Landmark Main Art theater, 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak. Call 248-263-2111 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com for showtimes and other information
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