Los Angeles (October 26, 2006)–Life on the road isn’t for everybody, as many Pro Sound News readers can attest. Working behind the scenes on a tour, whether it’s playing arenas or bars smaller than an arena bathroom, is a rough gig that requires tenacity, organization and patience. Jack Bauer from TV’s 24 could probably handle being a road manager, for instance; Keifer Sutherland, the actor who plays Jack Bauer…well that’s another story.
Tour manager Keifer Sutherland pulls out all the stops trying publicize a gig.In fact, it’s a story chronicled in I Trust You To Kill Me (First Independent Pictures), an indie rock documentary that follows Sutherland as the real-life road manager for Rocco DeLuca and The Burden, an up-and-coming act signed to Ironworks Music, a label owned by producer Jude Cole and Sutherland. The documentary played film festivals this past spring and will now air on VH1 on November 11 at 9PM.
The film follows Sutherland taking the band on its first international tour through London, Dublin, Reykjavik and Berlin. Directed by Manu Boyer, the rockumentary chronicles a less-than-qualified road manager and shows the hopes, successes and disappointments of a band trying to find their audience. Shot guerilla style in High Definition color and black and white, the multi-camera crew captures the excitement and commotion of the live performances as well as interactions between the band, fans and locals.
Rocco DeLuca and The Burden released their debut album, “I Trust You To Kill Me” this year and their current single, “Colorful” has just entered the AAA Top 30 chart. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the act has been chosen by VH1 as the channel’s new “You Oughta Know” artist.
Ironworks Music–Cole and Sutherland’s independent record label–was launched in 2004 with the intention of creating an artist-driven recording space (which also houses Sutherland’s massive, museum-worthy collection of guitars). “We would invite musicians that we liked down to start recording and get creative and it’s actually something that just organically turned into a label,” recalls Cole.
I Trust You To Kill Me