What do bands such as The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Motley Crue have in common with Boise-based band Dying Famous? Other than playing rock 'n' roll, each band has performed at the Whiskey a Go Go, the legendary Hollywood venue where dreams are either realized or crushed under the feet of moshers.
Local filmmaker Michael D. Gough will premiere his latest documentary, titled Dying Famous, on Saturday, Oct. 15, which follows the band's turbulent road to performing at the hallowed rock 'n' roll stomping ground. Gough, who grew up in Kuna, met the band's lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Zane McGinley seven years ago, during the premiere of Gough's debut film. It wasn't until 2010, when Gough had a dream about managing Dying Famous, that he decided to take a break from filmmaking and moved to Idaho from Utah. While handling the management duties of the band, he realized that there was a documentary plot at the core of his endeavors. Gough faced a number of challenges as the group's manager--including handling an enraged drummer who threatened to shoot everyone associated with the band.
Dying Famous has courted fans with an original mix of rock, alternative rock and punk. McGinley's magnetic on-stage presence is characterized by him belting out lyrics while clad in his trademark black kilt. Dying Famous is the fifth movie effort from Gough, who has shot three other documentaries and one feature-length film.
The world premiere of Dying Famous, the movie, will be screened at the Egyptian Theatre. Save your ticket for free admission to the after-party at Humpin' Hannah's, where Dying Famous the band will perform live with the Rocci Johnson Band.
Read an interview with Gough and McGinley.
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