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  NEW FILM 'LOUDER THAN LOVE: THE GRANDE BALLROOM STORY' GIVES ALL-ACCESS PASS TO 60s DETROIT ROCK SCENE
7th April 2012

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While the West Coast was groovin' to the sounds of the 'Summer of Love' in 1967, Detroit was pumping out a hard-driving, gritty, raw sound that was 'Louder Than Love'.

At the epicenter of this seminal music scene stood The Grande Ballroom, Detroit's original rock and roll palace. 'Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story', a new film by producer/director Tony D'Annunzio, relates the story of the hallowed halls that started it all, as told by the artists and fans who helped fuel The Grande phenomenon.

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'Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story' made its world premiere on April 5th 2012 at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Upcoming screenings include the Moving Pictures Film Series at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI (April 9th 2012); Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (April 12 - 15, 2012); Nashville Film Festival (April 19-25, 2012); and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in May 2012; with more dates in the works.

"The Grande Ballroom era is potentially the greatest untold story in rock and roll history," says D'Annunzio, a Detroit native. "With everything Detroit has been through in the last several decades, I wanted to let folks know that aside from the automobile industry, the city has some amazing history which helped shape American pop culture."

In the late 1960s, The Grande served as the launch pad for some of America's most iconic rock bands including MC5, Iggy and The Stooges, and Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes, who influenced local Detroit musicians and inspired bands from all over the US and Great Britain.

Legendary acts like Led Zeppelin, Cream, B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd and The Who graced The Grande main stage on a regular basis.

Using a Sony 24P HDCAM, D'Annunzio amassed more than 60 hours of interviews with artists and other insiders from The Grande's heyday including musical icons B.B. King, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Scott Morgan, Mark Farner, Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer, Lemmy, Ted Nugent, Henry Rollins, Don Was, Slash, Dick Wagner, and James Williamson.

He also collected over 500 never-before-seen archival photos, taken by professional photographers and fans, of performers such as The Who, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King, Cream, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck Group, MC5, Traffic, and Iron Butterfly.

"We have incredible 8mm film of The Who performing 'Tommy' for the first time, including an audio recording by Pete Townsend explaining 'Tommy' to The Grande audience. Both have never been seen or heard in any documentary," D'Annunzio notes.

The movie soundtrack presents 20 original recordings from some of Detroit's greatest rock and roll bands including MC5, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Amboy Dukes, The Up, Frost, The Rationals, Savage Grace, Jagged Edge, Wilson Mower Pursuit, Detroit, and Frigid Pink, and a brand new song written and performed by Dick Wagner appropriated titled 'Motor City Music'.

D'Annunzio has logged over 22 years experience in the broadcast network television industry, working for every major broadcast company at the technical and/or production management level including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, CNN, MTV,VH1, Discovery, NFL Films, MSNBC. 'Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story' is his first independent film as a producer and director.

The film runs for 74 minutes and was made possible in part by sponsors Reverend Guitars, Metro Times and the National Guitar Museum.




WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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