Sam Dunn has certainly made himself quite the career as one of metal’s big go-to film documentarians. He, along with his company Banger Films, have produced some pretty fine work over the last ten years, and are getting better with age: their Rush movie, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, and the Extreme Metal “lost episode” of Metal Evolution were, in my opinion, the crew’s best work yet.
It seems as though the Vh1-Dunn partnership established with Metal Evolution will continue, as Banger Films has announced the premiere of a new documentary series, Rock Icons, which looks like it’ll put them in a room with some pretty legendary figures in rock and metal history. Check out a statement from the man himself below, as well as a trailer for the show, which premieres February 21st on Vh1 Classic, and will air Saturdays at 10PM.
Over the past year, I’ve been travelling to meet with some of the biggest names in rock and metal music. Some of them will be very familiar to you, like the metal heroes I’ve had the privilege to interview before, people like Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Geddy Lee of Rush and Slash. I’ve also had the chance to sit down for the first time with such iconic artists as Ann Wilson of Heart and Daryl Hall. I traveled to Dave Mustaine’s winery, Nikki Sixx’s radio studio, Billy Corgan‘s home and even got invited back to the Texas sanctum of Ted Nugent. It’s been a blast really getting to know each of these musicians and I can’t wait to share their stories with you.
With Rock Icons, we feel strongly that what we’ve made is a different kind of music biography show. One that’s actually about the music and what drives these artists to create the way they do. Truly, what makes them an icon.
In case you don’t have access to a BitTorrent client, Banger has also uploaded the Extreme Metal episode of Metal Evolution to YouTube, for everyone out there who just has a normal Internet connection. View below: