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Rolling Stones: Glad to see someone, everyone

Scorsese's "Shine a Light" brightens IMAX theaters across country.

Posted: March 29, 2008 2:02 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
More than 35 years ago, the Rolling Stones were exiled on Main Street. On April 4, they will be exiled on IMAX, thanks to Martin Scorsese. In 1972, Mick Jagger put the finishing touches on "Shine a Light," a song featured on the Rolling Stones "Exile on Main St." album. Oddly enough, Scorsese hopes his documentary - fittingly entitled "Shine a Light" - scheduled to debut in select cities worldwide next week will just be the beginning.

The film, which chronicles two performances from the Stones' 2006 A Bigger Bang Tour, is a career-spanning documentary on the what's been called the second-greatest rock and roll band of all-time.

"I'm really glad to see everyone," said Keith Richards, just before he performed vocals for "You Got the Silver" at the famed Beacon Theater in New York City. "I'm really glad to see anyone."

Indeed, Richards, Scorsese, Jagger and the rest of the Rolling Stones crew (Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood) would be glad to see anyone and everyone fill select IMAX theaters around the world on April 4 to watch the concert documentary- including 81 IMAX screens in the United States, 11 in Canada, two in Australia, two in the United Kingdom and one in New Zealand.

The movie, which is presented in typical Scorsese fashion as he uses state-of-the-art technique and choreography, begins with the Stones rehearsing for their upcoming stage show at the Beacon.

Simultaneously, Scorsese himself is stressfully choreographing his cameras. With the use of 16 cameras, the Italian-American, Oscar-winning producer gives the audience a chance to capture the feeling of the show as if they were at the concert itself.

Of course, having a digital video on an IMAX screen with top-notch audio does not hurt his cause and sense for the dramatic. Yet his remarkable display of the Stones' performances, intertwined with comical throwback clips of old Stones interviews, makes "Shine a Light" a movie that all rock-and-roll fans must watch if they do not want to be left in the dark.

When the documentary opens April 4, it will be playing at the Universal CityWalk IMAX Theater in Universal City and the IMAX Theater at The Bridge/Cinema de lux in Culver City.

Visit www.shinealightmove.com for more information on the film.

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