Iggy Pop + Josh Homme Documentary ‘American Valhalla’ to Hit Theaters
A brand new and collaborative documentary titled American Valhalla will hit theaters in July, chronicling the creative process of Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme recording Pop's Grammy-nominated 2016 album, Post Pop Depression. You can watch a trailer for the film above.
Post Pop Depression was secretly recorded at Rancho De La Luna studio in the Mojave Desert. Co-directed by Homme and actor Andreas Neumann, the film takes an in-depth look at the creative process as it unfolded in the studio and follows the artists on the coinciding "American Valhalla" tour.
The film places the viewer front and center in the studio with the artists as they embarked on the collaborative effort that would become Iggy Pop’s 2016 studio album and corresponding tour. Documenting the entire process from Iggy’s initial text to Homme asking for his help, through the album’s creation and the following tour, the film is narrated only by those who were there, with conversations moderated by celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain.
The tour kicked off at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles last March, and ended with an epic show at the Royal Albert Hall in London (captured on Post Pop Depression: Live From the Royal Albert Hall, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray via Eagle Rock Entertainment last fall).
In the midst of planning the tour to support the album came the news of David Bowie’s passing. During the film we witness Pop's vulnerable reaction and contemplation of his own mortality while rehearsing with Homme and his QOTSA bandmates.
The title "American Valhalla" originated from a text message conversation between Homme and Pop about how the Norse version of heaven is the best "paradise" compared to the afterlives of other cultures. "This raises the question: Is there an American Valhalla? Where is it? What is it?" Pop texted to Homme. "After that exchange, I spent a day sitting in my car in the carport, coming up with words,” Homme told Rolling Stone.
Queens of the Stone Age are on tour this summer. See official tour dates here. Meanwhile, Pop has some shows as well, which you can view here. Information on the upcoming American Valhalla screenings will be coming soon, but for now you can sign up at the film's website to receive updates on where and when it can be seen.
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