With this week marking the 20th anniversary of 'Madonna: Truth or Dare,' we thought we'd take a look back at some of our favorite rockumentaries that channel the things we love most about the Material Girl's iconic tour doc. Rather than go for a list of the all-time greats, we've decided to go with five of our favorite rock docs that focus as much on the tour as they do on the band. Hard to say whether any of these acts hold a candle to the power of Madonna's cone bra on her 1990 "Blonde Ambition" tour, but these are some must-sees for anyone who loves to rock.
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'The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights' (2009)
Doesn't quite measure up to the set list on their first concert doc, 'Under Blackpool Lights,' but, oh, how we miss the White Stripes. Chronicling Meg and Jack's 2007 tour across all 10 Canadian provinces to celebrate their 10th anniversary as a band, 'Under Great White Northern Lights' is a surprisingly vulnerable and unsurprisingly cool look at the minds and personalities behind one of the best bands of the past decade. From the stage to the bowling alley, from a crowded city bus to an Inuit tribe of elders, this is unlike any tour you've ever seen backed up by a live show that has us crossing our fingers for a reunion.
'Gimme Shelter' (1970)
Talk about your all-time buzzkills. Albert and David Maysles captured lightning in a bottle when they showed up to film the Rolling Stones' infamous free concert at the Altamont Speedway in 1969. What began as a celebration of peace, love and tasty licks for over 300,000 fans spiraled into a fiasco of hate, murder and the end of an era thanks to the Hells Angels stepping up as the worst stage security money can buy. Probably the one concert of the bunch here that we're glad to have missed, but there's damn good reason why 'Gimme Shelter' tops so many "Best Rockumentary" lists. Never a good idea to mix bikers with hippies.
'The Last Waltz' (1978)
Concerts just don't get any more epic or legendary. Martin Scorsese's doc about The Band's final show is a fond farewell to one of the greats after 16 years on the road and a showcase for some of rock's biggest icons all performing on the same stage. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters -- they're all there, along with many more. 'The Last Waltz' is required viewing for those looking to be educated and fan service of the highest order for those already on the bandwagon.
'Stop Making Sense' (1984)
The clearest sign of a good concert is good music, but the sign of a great concert is a great show. Leave it to 'The Silence of the Lambs' director Jonathan Demme to film one of the wildest performances out there from a band that reinvented the industry by marching to the beat of their own drum. It's hard to sum up what made the Talking Heads one of the most original, theatric and brilliant bands of the past century, but as great as their music is, 'Stop Making Sense' is good a place to start as any if you're looking for the full effect. Worth it just for David Byrne's big suit.
'Anvil! The Story of Anvil' (2008)
There's a good chance you've never heard of Canadian metal band Anvil or its aging founders Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner (no relation to Meathead), but after you've followed them through thick and thin on the biggest world tour of their career -- 20 years past their prime --there's no chance you'll forget them. Directed by the band's longtime roadie, Sacha Gervasi, it's the real-life version of 'Spinal Tap' -- twice as inspiring as it is heartbreaking, and you don't have to know a damn thing about hair bands to find yourself humming 'Metal on Metal' by the time the end credits roll around. Seriously, see 'Anvil! The Story of Anvil.' It's the 'Rudy' of rock docs.
Now that we've dished out some of our faves, we want to hear from you guys -- best rockumentaries you've ever seen, best concerts you've ever been to, best times to wear a cone bra. There's a ton of stuff out there that we didn't cover and we want your suggestions. Rock on!
The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights
Filmmaker Emmett Malloy follows the White Stripes as they tour Canada in 2007. Read More